FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Tom Koch
Highland Public Relations
American Stroke Association's 'Train To End Stroke' Program
to Recruit Runners/Walkers For Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Philadelphia Teams
to Sign Up Runners to Help Fight the #3 Killer in America
CLEVELAND (Jan 3, 2006) – The American Stroke Association is bringing
runners and walkers to the 29th annual Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and
Half Marathon in May, 2006 to help fight stroke, the No. 3 killer and a
leading cause of disability in America.
American Stroke Association teams in Pittsburgh, Buffalo and Philadelphia
will begin active recruiting for runners and walkers in January 2006 to
join its Train to End Stroke program. Those who sign up will train with
coaches experienced in running and walking events.
Train to End Stroke has become the premier fund-raising campaign for the
American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association.
Since its inception in 2001, Train to End Stroke has raised more than $36
million for stroke research and educational programs and has registered
more than 30,000 participants nationwide. In addition, more than 200
stroke survivors have completed a full or half-marathon.
"We are excited about partnering with the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon
because it is an event that encourages and welcomes organizations like
ours to become participants and helps us get our message out about the
debilitating effects of strokein America," said Julie Senchak, Director,
Train to End Stroke for Western Pennsylvania.
"Our association with Train to End Stroke meets our goals of giving
charities an opportunity to benefit financially from our event, and
providing a running experience for all individuals who want to
participate, regardless of their abilities," said Jack Staph, executive
director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K.
In addition to participating in a first class training program, Train to
End Stroke covers the cost for hotel accommodations, registration fees for
the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and airfare for runners and walkers from
Philadelphia. Train to End Stroke participants will enjoy a pasta party
and presentation the night before the race, and a victory celebration
dinner following the race. Train to End Stroke is offering its program to
any runner or walker for either the marathon or the half-marathon events.
For additional information on the American Stroke Association’s Train to
End Stroke, go to www.strokeassociation.org/ttes. For additional
information on the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K, go to
About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K is now in its 29th year of
providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate
regardless of their abilities. More than 250,000 runners have
participated, generating more than $6.8 million annually to benefit the
-To provide a running experience for all individuals who want to
participate regardless of their abilities.
-To produce an event that highlights the Cleveland community and provides
a positive economic impact for the community.
-To give charities an opportunity to benefit financially from the Rite
Aid Cleveland Marathon & 10K.