P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon to Celebrate Fifth Anniversary

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Popular running festival a unique winter getaway for active travelers and families

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The GET FIT Challenge is designed to motivate co-workers to step out of the office, get fit, have fun and work towards a goal together.

Recognized as one of the world's most popular running and walking festivals, the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon is set to celebrate its fifth anniversary in the Valley of the Sun on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2008. With live bands positioned at every mile along both the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, the musical road race is expected to draw more than 35,000 runners, walkers and junior racers from around the world to the cities of Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. Complete with an outdoor post-race concert, the world's largest combined marathon and half-marathon event offers an extended weekend full of entertainment for active travelers seeking a winter getaway.

Anyone can complete a marathon

Running USA estimates more than 410,000 people completed a marathon in the U.S. in 2006. To help with training, runners and walkers may choose from a variety unique training programs available through the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon.

New for this year, all registered participants of P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon receive access to a complimentary online training program offered by New Balance and Active Trainer. From the first timer to the seasoned veteran, this program offers a mix of aerobic, anaerobic and cross-training workouts. The online program consists of weekly running tips, message boards, a training log and analysis, daily training emails and inspirational tips.

Those in need of additional inspiration to start training may find it through one of 20 official national and regional charity training programs, which provide professional training and support to runners and walkers while benefiting a variety of non-profit organizations. Over the past four years, Team In Training has led the national fundraising charge, bringing thousands of runners and walkers from around the U.S. who have raised more than $15 million (net) for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

To view a complete list of national and regional charities, visit http://www.RnRaz.com and click on "Training."

GET FIT Challenge
Companies and co-workers get in shape for 2008

Launched in 2006, the GET FIT Challenge has attracted some of America's top companies, as well as government agencies, which have formed employee-teams to participate in the marathon or half-marathon.

"We plan to host over 75 teams and welcome all organizations, large and small, to join this fun team building event," said Sage Grossi, coordinator for the GET FIT Challenge. "The GET FIT Challenge is designed to motivate co-workers to step out of the office, get fit, have fun and work towards a goal together."

The GET FIT Challenge consists of four divisions to accommodate small and large companies, as well as government agencies. Unique P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona gold record awards will be presented to the winner of each division based on overall participation and fastest time. Each team member receives $10 off the online registration price.

Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids Rock
A race for all ages

Race weekend has turned into a family event with over 3,000 kids running in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Kids' Rock race. Due to the race's growing popularity, it has moved to Saturday, January 12 to give entire families a chance to get involved in the rock 'n' roll atmosphere and run through the official marathon finish line.

The one-mile run for children grades K thru 6 is a non-competitive, non-timed event that is all about having fun and making it to the finish line. Kids can choose to become full marathon finishers by completing a 26.2-mile training program prior to race day. A training program and progress chart is available online at http://www.kidsrockaz.com. Every child is a winner and will be rewarded with an official race number, T-shirt, goodie bag, free headliner concert ticket and medal for finishing. This race does sell out. Individual and group registration is currently available.

Seize the Day, Extend Your Stay

As a popular winter destination, the Valley of the Sun stands out among the best regions for a mild climate and leisure activities, ranging from spa treatments to championship golf. For this reason, more than half of all runners and walkers who participate in the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon come from outside the state of Arizona. Participants are encouraged to make the most of their long weekend and stay a few extra days to explore the region's many attractions and special events, which make Arizona an enjoyable place to visit.

Special offers for discounted hotel rates at some of the area's finest hotels and resorts are available. Visit http://www.RnRaz.com for a complete list of official headquarter hotels and promotional rates.

Travel and tourism information can be found through three of the region's top convention and visitor's bureaus.
Greater Phoenix Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://www.phoenixcvb.com
Tempe Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://www.tempecvb.com
Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau: http://www.scottsdalecvb.com

About P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon

The P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona features live bands positioned at each mile along both the 26.2 and 13.1-mile courses, creating a block party atmosphere for participants and spectators alike. More than 35,000 runners and walkers are expected to participate on the marathon and half-marathon courses. The event concludes with an evening concert at Tempe Beach Park featuring a headlining act.

A two-day Health & Fitness Expo kicks off race week at the Phoenix Convention Center On Fri., Jan. 11 and Sat., Jan. 12. All participants visit the expo to pick up their race numbers and browse over 100 vendors from the running and fitness industry.

To register for the race or for more information about the P.F. Chang's Rock 'n' Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon, visit http://www.RnRaz.com or contact Elite Racing, Inc. at 800-311-1255.

Ian Monahan
Elite Racing, Inc.

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