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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 a
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