Fort Lauderdale, FL, December 21, 2008 --(PR.com
)-- UltraSports LLC, a socially-conscious running event production company, announced today that it has opened registration for the PALM100, a six-runner 100-mile roundtrip footrace from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach and back. The PALM100 (www.palm100.com) will raise funds for the fight against prostate cancer, with donations made to The Richard J. Fox Foundation (www.fox-foundation.org), a 501(c) 3 charitable organization whose focus for 20 years has been the prevention and cure of prostate cancer.
The exciting and innovative PALM100 will take place on March 28, 2009. The beautiful South Florida route will appeal to locals who want to rediscover their “backyard” and to out-of-state runners seeking a truly memorable running course. The PALM100 sets itself apart from other relay races due to its length (100 miles) and team size (six runners), and because the teams themselves determine how far, and how frequently, each member will run. This flexible format allows teams to strategically plan for course conditions while catering to the abilities of each teammate. The relay is designed so that anyone who has completed a half marathon can readily complete the course with five running friends.
Teams will compete with each other for awards based on finishing times in a number of categories. But, bragging rights will also extend to special prizes for most original team name, best decorated vehicle and others in keeping with the emphasis on broad participation and the crucial fun factor that is such an important part of these relays.
Fundraising is strongly encouraged, but it is not required. All charitable funds raised will go The Richard J. Fox Foundation. To promote participation in the fundraising aspect, UltraSports will return registration fees to any team that raises four times their registration fee amount in donations. In addition, the UltraSports will donate 10% of gross registration fees to the cause. Special recognition will go to the team that raises the most donations.
“We felt waiving the registration fee for teams who raise impressive amounts for the fight against prostate cancer was the right thing to do,” remarked PALM100 Race Director, Bob Becker. “We are very proud of our 4-year partnership with The Richard J. Fox Foundation. The Foundation has raised more than $2 million over the years. Prostate cancer affects one in six men in the United States. Anything we can do to curb this staggering number has the potential to positively impact millions of American men and their families.”
“The UltraSports events, the PALM100 and KEYS100 Ultramarathons, are great vehicles for our organization to raise public awareness as well as funding to fulfill our mission,” stated Ann Marie Fox, a Board Member of The Richard J. Fox Foundation. “We are delighted to work with UltraSports LLC on this new event, the PALM100, which promotes fitness while raising money for the fight against prostate cancer.”
Registration for the PALM100 can be completed online at www.palm100.com or by mail by downloading a registration form at www.palm100.com.
About UltraSports , LLC.: A company of runners, for runners, UltraSports LLC is dedicated to creating and directing high quality ultra-marathon length running events in Florida and in other locations throughout the United States. Based in Fort Lauderdale, the Company promotes ultra-running in general and is focused at present on creating 100-mile team relay races and individual ultramarathon events in its home state.
About The Richard J. Fox Foundation: The Richard J. Fox Foundation, established in 1988, is dedicated to increasing awareness of prostate cancer through education and outreach and for finding a cure through the funding of cutting edge research. Since its founding, over $2 million has been raised to establish one of the largest free screening programs in the United States. Foundation funds have also generated NIH grants for the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, a Foundation funding priority. New research programs for gene mapping and ground breaking work using MRI's with prostate cancer patients are also underway. Since 2005, funding has also been provided for South Florida charities and medical facilities for local educational outreach and free prostate cancer screenings.