AACR Philadelphia Marathon Announces Dietz & Watson as Sponsor of the Half Marathon

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Dietz & Watson signs on as sponsor of the Half Marathon scheduled for Saturday, November 18.

“We are big supporters of ALL things Philadelphia, as a hometown brand, we love it when we can support our city. When the opportunity presented itself to become the Philadelphia Half Marathon sponsor, we jumped on it,” said Lauren Eni, VP Brand Strategy for Dietz & Watson.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Philadelphia Marathon is proud to announce that Philadelphia’s own Dietz & Watson has joined the “Marathon Weekend” as the official sponsor of the Philadelphia Half Marathon.

“We are big supporters of ALL things Philadelphia, as a hometown brand, we love it when we can support our city. When the opportunity presented itself to become the Philadelphia Half Marathon sponsor, we jumped on it,” said Lauren Eni, VP Brand Strategy for Dietz & Watson. “We’re also excited to introduce one of our newest high protein snacks to the running community, our Dietz & Watson Originals USDA Organic, No Antibiotics Ever and Hormone Free Beef Jerky. We can’t wait to share our food with runners and spectators over the weekend.”

The new local family brand sponsorship is not the only change for the Half Marathon as the course itself has been altered. Soon after the 2016 race, feedback flowed into race headquarters indicating an overwhelming desire to move the majority of the race into the city. The result is a 2017 course that features 10 miles through Philadelphia city streets - a complete reversal of 2016, whereby 10 of the 13 miles were run in Fairmount Park.

“The runners spoke and we listened,” said AACR Philadelphia Marathon Executive Director Leo Dignam. “It’s not easy closing City streets for a second day but we felt the need to address the runners’ wishes.”

There is another benefit for having the majority of the race along city streets. “Runners for the half will enjoy the same experience as the marathoners,” Dignam added. “They’ll see many of the great historic sites in the city while running the Half.”

The new Half-Marathon route will take runners past the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, City Hall, the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Ben Franklin’s Grave, the U.S. Mint, the National Constitution Center, Mother Bethel AME Church, the Church of the Holy Trinity on Rittenhouse Square, the University of Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Zoo, across the Girard Street Bridge and its sweeping vistas of the Schuylkill River, then on to Mount Pleasant Mansion, Boat House Row, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and many historic points in between.

Earlier, the AACR was named as the Marathon title partner, an arrangement that is in place for the next three years.

The partnerships serve to benefit both the City and its sponsors. It is worth noting that in 2016 only the 8K had a sponsor in Rothman Institute, and this year, all individual events have sponsors.

Registration is ongoing and runs through November 10, 2017. Those interested can go to https://philadelphiamarathon.com/registration to sign up.

About the Philadelphia Marathon:
The Philadelphia Marathon weekend welcomes nearly 30,000 runners, 60,000 spectators, and 3,000 volunteers each year. Race Weekend 2017 features the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 19; the Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, November 18; and a free two-day Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, November 17 and Saturday, November 18. Race participants pass many of Philadelphia's famous attractions on the swift and scenic USATF-certified course, which is a Boston qualifier. Take the first step to experiencing 26.2 miles of fun, beauty, history and excitement by registering at philadelphiamarathon.com.

About Dietz & Watson:
Founded in 1939 right here in Philadelphia by Gottlieb Dietz, over 75 years later Dietz & Watson remains true to his original old-world recipes and his commitment to “quality above all else.” Preparing the freshest and leanest beef, ham, pork, turkey breast, and chicken breast, Dietz & Watson’s products are handcrafted using all-natural spices and seasonings, and all of their products are free of artificial flavors, colors, fillers, extenders and MSG. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Dietz & Watson continues with it’s commitment to excellence under the leadership of Gottlieb Dietz’s daughter, Ruth Dietz Eni (Chairman). In addition to the guidance from Ruth Dietz Eni, the company is led by founder Gottlieb Dietz’ grandchildren, Louis Eni (President and CEO), Chris Eni (COO), Cindy Eni Yingling (CFO). Today, the fourth generation, Lauren Eni and Christopher Yingling have joined the company to carry the tradition even further. Learn more at http://www.DietzAndWatson.com

About the American Association for Cancer Research:
Founded in 1907, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to advancing cancer research and its mission to prevent and cure cancer. AACR membership includes more than 37,000 laboratory, translational, and clinical researchers; population scientists; other health care professionals; and patient advocates residing in 108 countries. The AACR marshals the full spectrum of expertise of the cancer community to accelerate progress in the prevention, biology, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer by annually convening more than 30 conferences and educational workshops, the largest of which is the AACR Annual Meeting with more than 21,900 attendees. In addition, the AACR publishes eight prestigious, peer-reviewed scientific journals and a magazine for cancer survivors, patients, and their caregivers. The AACR funds meritorious research directly as well as in cooperation with numerous cancer organizations. As the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer, the AACR provides expert peer review, grants administration, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit. The AACR actively communicates with legislators and other policymakers about the value of cancer research and related biomedical science in saving lives from cancer. For more information about the AACR, visit http://www.AACR.org.

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