Deerfield Beach, FL, February 22, 2009 --(PR.com
)-- Through a unique twist of circumstances, the Deerfield Beach, Florida-based Boca Java discovered a connection it has to the run, which began in 1925 as a quest to deliver emergency diphtheria serum to Nome, Alaska.
The annual run, commemorating the original 1925 run lead by Col. Norman Vaughan and his courageous team, is now used as a tool for public health education along the route, which begins at Nanena in the interior and ends 768 miles northwest in Nome, near the Artic Circle. It will happen simultaneously with the famous Iditarod dog sled race on the same course.
The run is a combination of traditional mushers (dog sleds) and snow machines (snowmobiles) and will take the 20 participants nearly 20 days to complete over Alaska’s frozen rivers, tundra and sea ice. The team will help widen the awareness throughout Alaska of the need for inoculations for children, and will stress important health issues such as immunizations, medical exams, cancer screening, tobacco cessation, accident prevention, and HIV awareness as well as many other wellness programs.
“We are thrilled to provide our coffee, teas and accessories to the 2009 Serum Run ’25,” said Kevin Holbrook, President, Boca Java, Inc. “It is so ironic that we’re in the hottest part of the country and a part of us will be there in the coldest part of the country. It’s an odd coupling, but it’s very exciting to us; to provide any comfort and enjoyment we can to these brave and dedicated people.”
The connection between the gourmet coffee retailer and the run is one of family relations; one of the expedition’s medical participants, Leslie Stephens, is the sister of a Boca Java employee. “It seems only natural that we participate, given the great cause, hot coffee, and a special extended Boca Java family member being on the run,” commented Holbrook. “We will be with them in spirit and online through their blog updates and wish them success and safety!”
For more details about the 2009 Serum Run ’25, or to track the run progress as it unfolds, visit http://www.serumrun.org/index.html.
About Boca Java
Since its inception in 2002, Florida-based Boca Java, Inc. has grown into a premier provider of artisan roasted coffee. The company selects all of its handpicked beans from the top 2% of Arabica beans available from renowned growers worldwide, and has fine-tuned its technique of small-batch roasting to ensure quality and consistency across all of its offering. Its traditional, hands-on Roastmasters craft fresher, higher-quality coffee than most specialty coffee retailers are able to deliver. Boca Java also carries a full line of handpicked teas, gourmet food, brewing accessories, and gifts. For more information, visit www.bocajava.com or contact Stefanie Hochstadter at email@example.com.