AmericaÛªs Top Running Events Salute Troops with Middle East Tour
7 Races, over 7 Days, at 7 Bases
Steamboat Springs, CO, June 29, 2009– On July 6th The Warrior Tours: America’s Races Salutes the Troops (http://www.thewarriortours.com) heads to the Middle East to support the troops in the semi-annual Armed Forces Physical Fitness Test. Over the course of seven days the tour will conduct seven races at seven US military bases. Special
guests will provide additional support and encouragement to the troops
including NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, Olympic marathon gold medalist
Frank Shorter, and internationally renowned runner and author Bart
ÛÏOur troops work so hard
defending our freedom and this is just a small way for us thank them
and support them in their annual testing,Û said Rob Powers, founder of
The Warrior Tours, and co-host of AmericaÛªs Races Salutes the Troops. ÛÏWe
are blowing out these semi-annual tests, which are generally done with
little fanfare, into full scale world class race events.Û
Over thirty of the top
running events in the United States have teamed up with The Warrior
Tours and have donated race shirts, medals and other race supplies to
be distributed at the events. At each stop the troops will be treated to a world class running event with evening entertainment by 2009 Armed Forces Entertainers of the year Catchpenny, professional announcing, and digital tag timing.
NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus, of
Belleville, IL, was a flight engineer on Expedition 18 and spent 128
days on the International Space Station before returning to Earth on
March 28 of this year. Her father was an Army veteran and she has several cousins who have served over seas with the National Guard.
Shorter, whose father was an Army doctor, was born on a US Army base in Germany. In 1972 Shorter returned to his birth country and won the gold medal in the marathon event at the Munich Olympic Games.
Rounding out the special guests on the tour are Yasso and Anne Bonney. Yasso is the Chief Running Officer at RunnerÛªs World Magazine and author of My Life on the Run. Bonney is UnderArmourÛªs Senior Manager of RUN.
Races participating in the
AmericaÛªs Races Salute the Troops include The Marine Corps Marathon,
500 Festival Indianapolis Mini Marathon, Bass Pro Shops Fitness
Festival, 131 Atlanta, 131 Chicago, 131 Ft. Lauderdale, 131 Miami,
Anchorage Running ClubÛªs Big Wildlife Runs, Chicago Half Marathon,
Cleveland Marathon, Denver Marathon, Fargo Marathon, ING Georgia
Marathon, ING Miami Marathon, Marin County Marathon, MSBlues Marathon,
D.C. National Marathon, Omaha Marathon, Philadelphia Marathon,
Pittsburgh Marathon, Portland Marathon, Steamboat Springs Marathon,
Melbourne Beaches Marathon, The San Francisco Marathon, Twin Cities
Marathon, Vermont City Marathon, Wine Country Half Marathons, The
Baltimore Running Festival, The Frederick Running Festival, The Lehigh
Valley Half Marathon, and RockÛªnÛªRoll Marathons.
During the tour images, videos, and updates will be posted on The Warrior Tours web site and through its Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Warrior-Tours/82328057349) and Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/thewarriortours).
About The Warrior Tours
The Warrior Tours, a pending 501(C)(3)
nonprofit, connects the men and women of the US Armed Forces with the
American people through physical fitness by teaming up stateside events
with The Warrior Tours events at US military bases worldwide. While
supporting the troops in their fitness programs The Warrior Tours
connects US service men and women with their friends and families
through video, text, and images that are posted on The Warrior Tours
website and broadcast at domestic sporting events. More information at http://www.thewarriortours.com
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