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MINNESOTA GOVERNOR, FIRST LADY TO RUN 2005 TWIN CITIES MARATHON
Participation in Marathon Draws Attention to Governor's
'Year of Fitness' Initiative
(Minneapolis, MN) - Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty and First Lady Mary
Pawlenty will join thousands of participants running in the 2005 Twin
Cities Marathon this Sunday, October 2.
Governor Pawlenty finished the Twin Cities Marathon last year and both the
Governor and First Lady have completed the race in the past.
In January, Governor Pawlenty declared 2005 as "The Year of Fitness in
Minnesota" and joined with Be Active Minnesota, an independent, non-profit
organization aimed at promoting physical activity. Together they issued the
"Governor's Fitness Challenge," an activity promotion campaign designed to
help Minnesotans become engaged in and track their physical activity.
Participants can earn the Governor's Fitness Challenge Award. For more
information, visit www.beactiveminnesota.org.
"Minnesota is the healthiest state in America," said Governor Tim Pawlenty.
"But unfortunately our cold weather and hardworking lifestyles sometimes
keep us away from physical activity. We want 2005 to be a year when
Minnesotans make the personal choice to give fitness a higher priority in
their lives. Marathons and other fun family activities are a great way to
stay fit together."
The TCM Family Events on Saturday, Oct. 1 provide the perfect opportunity
for the whole family to be active. Races include:
· TCM 5K Run/Walk, presented by Seagate Technology, 8:30 a.m.
· Diana Pierce Life Time Fitness Family Mile, 9:30 a.m.
· M&I Bank Kids Half Mile, 10:15 a.m.
· Peacock Promotions Diaper Dash, 10:30 a.m.
· AAA Toddler Trot, 11 a.m.
The Governor and First Lady will be visiting the ING Health & Fitness Expo
at the Saint Paul Rivercentre on Saturday, October 1 at 3:00 p.m. Media
interested in interviewing the Governor and First Lady on Saturday should
contact the Governor's Press Secretary, Brian McClung, at (651) 296-0001 or
The 2005 Twin Cities Marathon weekend will take place September 30 -
October 2, 2005. The three-day weekend celebration of fitness includes a
5K run/walk, children's fun runs, pasta dinner, health and fitness expo and
TC 10 Mile in addition to the marathon. TCM continues its 15th consecutive
year as the designated USATF National Masters Championship for both men and
women and will also host the USATF men's and women's open Marathon
Championships. Major corporate sponsors include Cub Foods, Capella
University and ING. Twin Cities Marathon, Inc. is a non-profit organization
that directs the TCM weekend as a community service for the Minneapolis/St.
Paul area. Visit www.twincitiesmarathon.org for more information.