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Kaiser Permanente Pasadena Marathon is Ready and Set to Go Sunday
Date:3/20/2009

Cool Weather Conditions are Forecast as Kaiser Permanente, City of Pasadena and Race Organizers Complete Route Preparations for 8,000 Plus Participants

PASADENA, Calif., March 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The weather forecast is calling for cool temperatures and intermittent showers for this Sunday's Inaugural Pasadena Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente. This is in stark contrast to November of last year when the Kaiser Permanente medical team, the City of Pasadena and Pasadena Forward prepared for severe hot weather conditions prior to eventually canceling the event due to the Southern California wildfires.

The forecast for Sunday, March 22nd, calls for mid-50 degrees at the start of the race and a high of around 60. Overcast skies and scattered showers should provide good conditions for running, as more than 8,000 runners, walkers and cyclists converge on Sunday morning to compete in the Marathon, Half Marathon, Bike Tour, 5K and Fun Run/Walk.

"I'm really looking forward to participating in the bike tour," says Benjamin Chu, M.D., President of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. "Kaiser Permanente is proud to be the presenting sponsor for an event that truly encourages everyone to exercise and thrive; and what better place to do this than in beautiful Pasadena!"

Kaiser Permanente's medical team, led by Race Medical Director, Thad Woodward, M.D., has been preparing for several months and is intimately involved with the arrangements for Sunday's race. There will be six medical aid stations on the course and a main medical tent at the finish line. "We have a team of enthusiastic physicians, nurses, physical therapists and medical professionals from Kaiser Permanente who are coming out to provide medical attention and encouragement along the route," says Dr. Woodward. "We are also working closely with the fire department of Pasadena to ensure that there are sufficient resources available along the course if the need arises," adds Dr. Woodward. "We want everyone to enjoy the day."

The City of Pasadena Fire Department and Police Department will be on hand throughout the course to help respond to any race participants if needed. Pasadena Forward and race organizers will have water stations along the course at approximately every mile beginning at Mile 1.5. Ultima Replenisher, the official on-course electrolyte drink, will be available every two miles starting at Mile 4.

The Full and Half Marathon will start at 6:30 AM. Elite runners should complete the full marathon in approximately 2 1/2 hours with elite half-marathoners completing the race in just over an hour. The bulk of the marathon finishers should have completed the race by noon. The Start/Finish Line is located directly in front of Pasadena City College on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena. The Finish Line Festival is from 6 AM - 2 PM on the college campus, and is free to the public. Thousands of spectators will gather at the Start/Finish Line and along the course.

All athletes are expected to pick up their race packets at the Health & Fitness Expo located at the Pasadena Convention Center which is open today from noon - 7 PM, and Saturday, March 21, from 9 AM - 6 PM. Participants' friends and family are also encouraged to attend the Expo which features a variety of health and fitness related vendors.

Event sponsors for 2009 include: Kaiser Permanente, Think Marketing, The Westin Pasadena, Tiffany & Co., Pasadena Star-News, Crown City News, 100.3 The Sound, Gel Communications, Pasadena City College, Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ridelinks, Tieman's Fusion Coffees, Nesquik, FRS, PowerBar, Ultima, Whole Foods, Vons, California School of Culinary Arts, Joint Juice, PMX, Coyle Reproductions, Inc., Smartbox, and Ware Disposal Co., Inc. For more information, visit www.pasadenamarathon.org.

About Pasadena Forward: Pasadena Forward was founded in 2004 by Executive Director, Israel Estrada. The organization's mission is to promote enhanced quality of life for those who work, live, or attend school in the Pasadena area. By offering financial and logistical support to local civic and charitable agencies, Pasadena Forward aims to have a broad impact on the nonprofit community's ability to deliver services. The Pasadena Marathon was conceived as a large-scale fundraiser to further the mission of Pasadena Forward.

About Kaiser Permanente: Kaiser Permanente, the nation's leading integrated health plan, was founded in 1945, and is a nonprofit, group practice prepayment program with Southern California headquarters in Pasadena, California. Serving the health care needs of 3.3 million members in Southern California, Kaiser Permanente encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Southern California Permanente Medical Group, including nearly 58,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 6,800 physicians representing all specialties. For more information visit www.kaiserpermanente.org.


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