Sun Health Is New Title Sponsor for the Arizona Marathon

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Sun Health partners with growing Arizona Marathon, which last year drew more than 2,000 participants and raised more than $250,000 for local charities.

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We couldn’t be more excited to put our name and resources behind the Arizona Marathon.

Sun Health is proud to be the new title sponsor for the Arizona Marathon, a West Valley running event entering its ninth year.

“We’re very excited to welcome Sun Health,” said Debra Undhjem, Arizona Marathon’s founder and race director. "We share the same ideas on health, wellness and giving back to the community, so it's a great partnership."

The first Sun Health Arizona Marathon is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017. It will feature a marathon, half-marathon and a marathon relay. Race courses will begin or wind through eight West Valley cities and Luke Air Force Base. All racers will finish at the Westgate Entertainment District, home of The University of Phoenix Stadium.

The marathon is a labor of love for Undhjem, who works full time as a flight attendant and receives no pay for organizing the event. “We started the marathon during the recession as a way not only to help people to get their minds off the economy and focus on their health, but also to raise funds for organizations that help people in need.”

Since 2009, the Arizona Marathon has raised more than $250,000 for charities, primarily in the West Valley. The fundraising totals have increased each year since 2009. Participation also has risen. In 2009, about 250 runners/walkers and 200 volunteers took part in the first Arizona Marathon. Compare that with more than 2,000 runners/walker and 400 volunteers in 2016.

“We couldn’t be more excited to put our name and resources behind the Arizona Marathon,” said Ron Austerlade, chief marketing officer for Sun Health. “The partnership is a win-win for everyone and allows us to further our vision of being a leading advocate for healthy living.”

There is an early-bird discount for those who register before April 10, 2016. Register at http://www.thearizonamarathon.com.

About Sun Health
A long-standing champion of healthy living and superior health care, Sun Health is a community-based nonprofit providing pathways to population health through philanthropy, senior living programs and communities, and community wellness programs and services. For nearly 50 years, Sun Health Foundation donors have supported superior health care in the West Valley. The foundation is the philanthropic partner to Banner Boswell and Banner Del E. Webb medical centers and the Banner Sun Health Research Institute, as well as community wellness programs provided by Sun Health.
Learn more at http://www.sunhealth.org and http://www.sunhealthfoundation.org

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