FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John Conley, Executive Director
Austin Marathon Heads for New Sponsorship in 2007
Freescale Semiconductor Concludes Title Sponsorship
after Successful 15th Year
AUSTIN, Texas - (March 10, 2006) - After 15 highly successful years the
Austin Marathon will complete its spin-off from Freescale Semiconductor,
ending the company's title sponsorship relationship with the race.
"It's rare for a corporation to create a community event, let alone one that
grows to the stature and magnitude of the Austin Marathon", said John
Conley, Executive Director of the Austin Marathon Foundation. "Thanks to a
decade and a half of leadership and solid support by Freescale and its
employees, as well as other community sponsors and partners, we are well
positioned to take the event to a new level."
"When we helped create the Austin Marathon Foundation last summer, our
intent was to create a platform for continued growth and innovation," said
Tim Doke, Vice President of Corporate Communication for Freescale. "The
results of this year's race showed that the event is ready to live on its
own and take its place as an important part of what makes Austin special."
The 2005 Austin Marathon was the 16th largest marathon in the United States
and in 2006 saw its participation grow 10% over the previous year's
registration. In addition, its Olympic Development Program assisted 25 U.S.
athletes to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Marathon Trials.
Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector, now Freescale Semiconductor,
founded the Austin Marathon in 1992. Since then, the race has generated over
$50 million for the local Austin economy and has helped raise over $2
million for charitable purposes.
The Austin Marathon Foundation is a not-for-profit 501-C-3 corporation
located in Austin, Texas. Its mission is to promote health and fitness by
organizing a world-class marathon that galvanizes the community, brings
national attention to the region and benefits both local and national
charities. Visit its website at: www.AustinMarathonFoundation.org