National 13.1 Marathon Series and 5K Race Come to Boston’s South Shore June 27

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U.S. Road Race Sports & Entertainment Group will be hosting their inaugural Boston area 13.1 Marathon® on June 27, one of only eight planned stops on the 2010 series schedule. The day will also feature the Karhu 5K race to appeal to runners interested in competing at a shorter distance. More than 4,000 runners and walkers are expected to compete, including 500+ Team Challenge participants who have collectively raised $1.8 million for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. [http://www.131boston.com

U.S. Road Race Sports & Entertainment Group will be hosting their inaugural Boston area 13.1 Marathon®, one of only eight planned stops on the 2010 series schedule. The day will also feature the Karhu 5K race to appeal to runners interested in competing at a shorter distance.

WHERE: Milton, MA

WHEN: Sunday, June 27, 2010

REGISTRATION: Registrations are still being accepted online at http://www.131boston.com. Registration fee for the half marathon is $90 race week. Registration for the 5K race is $25 race week.

WHY: This year’s 13.1 Marathon® stop in the Boston area will benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation. The funds raised through the Foundation’s half marathon training program, Team Challenge (http://www.ccteamchallenge.org), will support research, education, and support initiatives for the 1.4 million Americans living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, chronic and often debilitating digestive diseases.

COURSE: The inaugural 13.1® Boston will start and finish at the historic Prowse Farm where the Suffolk Resolves were drafted for the first continental congress in 1774. The rolling course takes runners through the picturesque Blue Hills Reservation, featuring the Great Blue Hill offering panoramic views of the metro area from its summit, and into classic New England town of Milton. The route through town takes you past Milton Academy whose famous alums include TS Eliot, James Taylor and the Kennedy’s. NOTE: The course is also walker friendly and will be kept open for 3 hours and 30 minutes (16 min/mile pace).

ADD’L INFO: Other stops on the 2010 schedule for the 13.1 Marathon® Series include Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Chicago, Minneapolis, Atlanta and Dallas. Fields will be limited to enable novice walkers and runners a less intimidating race experience compared to events with over 10,000 racers.  For marathoners and half-marathoners, this will offer the perfect weekend long run on a closed course fully supported with aid stations, spectators and everything a runner would want as part of a fun race experience. Additional information and FAQs can be found online at http://www.131boston.com.

About the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation:
The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The Foundation ranks third among leading health non-profits in the percentage of expense devoted to research toward a cure, with more than 81 cents of every dollar the Foundation spends goes to mission-critical programs. The Foundation consistently meets the standards of organizations that monitor charities, including the Better Business Bureau's Wise Giving Alliance (give.org) and the American Institute of Philanthropy (charitywatch.org). For more information, contact the Foundation at 800-932-2423 or visit http://www.ccfa.org.

About US Road Sports and Entertainment Group:
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events.  The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand.  For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun.  US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.

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