MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 24, 2006 (PRIMEZONE) --
What: Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners, and Olympic runners Meb Keflezighi, Alan Culpepper, Catherine Ndereba, Benita Johnson, Abdi Abdirahman and Colleen De Reuck will preside over the opening bell to celebrate the New York City Half-Marathon taking place on Sunday August 27, 2006. Where: NASDAQ MarketSite - 4 Times Square - 43rd & Broadway - Broadcast Studio When: Friday August 25th, 2006 at 9:30 a.m. EDT Contacts: Justin Edelman Edelman Sports Justin.Edelman@edelman.com NASDAQ MarketSite: Stephanie Lowenthal; 646.441.5220
The opening bell is available from 9:20 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. on uplink IA-5 C-band/transponder 14. The downlink frequency is 3980 horizontal; audio: 6.2/6.8. The feed can also be found on Waterfront fiber 1623. If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Lowenthal at (646) 441-5220.
To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Open, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market open of your choice.
About NY Road Runners:
New York Road Runners, soon to celebrate its 50th anniversary, is dedicated to promoting the sport of distance running, enhancing health and fitness for all, and responding to community needs. Our road races and other fitness programs draw upwards of 300,000 runners annually, and together with our magazine and website support and promote professional and recreational running. A staff of 60, assisted by thousands of volunteers, stages the ING New York City Marathon, as well as a road race nearly every weekend plus many track and cross country events. NYRR's home base in New York, and its lifelong identification with Central Park, have given many of its events iconic status, attracting the world's top professional runners. Our youth programs provide running to 15,000 New York City schoolchildren who would otherwise have few or no fitness opportunities. For more information visit www.nyrr.org.
NYC Half-Marathon Course
The course will begin on Central Park's East Drive (near 80th Street) and make a complete, clockwise loop around the park. Runners will then continue to the south end of the park and exit onto Seventh Avenue, heading south to Times Square. A right turn onto 42nd Street will take runners to 12th Avenue (West Street), where, after a left turn, the race continues along the Hudson River waterfront to Lower Manhattan. The finish is on West Street near Rector Street and Battery Park.