Fort Lauderdale, FL, February 16, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- UltraSports LLC, a mission-driven running event production company, announced today that it has added “Team ONE in 100” to its upcoming PALM100 (www.palm100.com) team relay. The PALM100 is a 100-mile roundtrip footrace from Fort Lauderdale to West Palm Beach and back that will take place on March 28, 2009. Each team will have six participants splitting the 100 mile route. “Team ONE in 100” is the exception and as the name implies, will have 100 participants each running one mile of the course. The purpose is to raise funds and awareness to combat prostate cancer by opening the race to runners of all ability levels.
The race will begin at 6:00 A.M. on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Las Olas Boulevard and A1A on Fort Lauderdale Beach. Runners will “pass the baton” each mile until all 100 miles of the scenic route are completed.
Fundraising by participants is strongly encouraged, but it is not required. All of the charitable funds raised will go 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. In addition, UltraSports will donate 40% of gross “Team ONE in 100” registration fees, and 10% of regular team registrations to the cause. Special recognition will go to participants with the most donations.
“Team ONE in 100” is the brainchild of Mike Scherwitz, the owner of BodyDrive Training in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Scherwitz is the team captain and will coordinate the effort for this component of the PALM100. “We expect ‘Team ONE in 100’ members to have a great time,” said Scherwitz. “The camaraderie and team spirit among these folks is going to be inspiring”, he continued.
“We were delighted to add ‘Team ONE in 100’ to the PALM100. It’s a great way to reach a broader audience. Anyone can participate and this gives prostate cancer survivors, their loved ones and friends a chance to take part without having to run an extended distance,” remarked PALM100 Race Director, Bob Becker, himself a prostate cancer survivor. “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,” Becker affirmed.
“The UltraSports races--the PALM100 on March 28 and KEYS100 on May 16--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 Six Runner Team Relay, including “Team ONE in 100”, 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.
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