Winner Named in the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Challenge

Winner Named in CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Challenge

Madison, Wis., resident Kim Virden wins essay contest

PHILADELPHIA – May 21, 2007
– It’s been an uphill battle for Madison, Wis., resident Kim Virden.
After a severe skiing accident at age 17 she suffered a traumatic brain
injury that left her with a seizure disorder, vision problems and
learning disabilities. Despite this, Virden has achieved goals many
people without her challenges might find out of their reach.

In the 28 years since her accident
Virden has run three marathons, carried the Olympic torch and started a
local chapter of the Achilles Track Club, a non-profit worldwide
organization that works to help people with disabilities compete in
mainstream athletic events, in her hometown. Virden, 46, can now add to
her list of accomplishments that she has been named the winner of the
CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Challenge.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as
the winner of the essay contest,” said Virden. “It’s been a long road
to recovery for me, but one thing that has always been consistent is my
desire to continue to be active and to never give up. I am honored to
be running as a member of the CIGNA Running Team this August at the
CIGNA Falmouth Road Race.”

In support of its mission to help
improve health, well-being and security of individuals, CIGNA is once
again, for the third consecutive year, serving as the title sponsor of
the race. Virden, a software systems administrator, was one of many who
submitted an essay this past February in response to CIGNA’s nationwide
call for contest entries that asked individuals who currently have, or
have overcome, a life-altering disability or illness to share their
personal triumph stories and why they want to race in Falmouth.  As the
winner, Virden and a guest will receive an all-expense-paid trip to
participate in the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race Aug. 10, 2008 in Falmouth,

“Kim’s story should be an inspiration to
each of us as she has overcome – what most would consider –
insurmountable obstacles to live life to the fullest and to contribute
to her community,” said Karen Rohan, president of CIGNA Group Insurance
and CIGNA Dental. “We are very pleased to welcome her as a member of
the CIGNA Running Team this year.”

Virden was named Athlete of the Year by
The Achilles Track Club in 2007 and was recently recognized by the
Brain Injury Association with an Individual Achievement Award for her
life’s work and giving back to the community. Since she started the
Madison, Wis., chapter of the Achilles Track Club in 2005, membership
has grown to almost 50 active members in just three short years.

To learn more about the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race and Kim’s road to the race, visit CIGNA’s website at

CIGNA Corporation (NYSE: CI) and its
subsidiaries, with total assets of $44 billion and an employee base of
approximately 26,500, constitutes one of the largest publicly-owned
employee benefits organizations in the United States and throughout the
world. Its subsidiaries are major providers of employee benefits
offered through the workplace, with products and services including
health care, group life, accident and disability insurance, dental,
vision, behavioral health, and pharmacy.

About the CIGNA Falmouth Road Race

The Falmouth Road Race was founded in 1973 and has been named the “Best USA Road Race” by Runner’s World magazine. It has also been featured in Life Magazine and Sports Illustrated, as well as on CBS television and ESPN. In 2005, it was named in Sports Illustrated
“One of the 25 essential things to do in the summer.” It was the only
road race listed. Proceeds from the race benefit Falmouth school
programs and youth organizations. The race annually receives more than
25,000 requests for entry forms and fills its field of 10,000 in less
than a week. For more information visit

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