From: Running USA
ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the business voice of Alexandria for more than 100 years, has agreed to be a Supporting Sponsor of the 2011 Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon on Sunday, October 2, 2011.
“The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is in the business of building strong member companies,” said Chamber CEO Tina Leone. “Partnering on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon is yet another way the Chamber is working for our members, advocating for community events here that bring together individuals, families and visitors to experience Alexandria’s shops, restaurants and recreational activities. We are excited to be a part of such a successful event and encourage businesses to sign up a company team!”
“The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce has been an active and strong voice for businesses in Alexandria as well as around the Washington beltway,” said event director Steve Nearman, a chamber member since 1995 and past board member of seven years. “Benefiting the local economy has been one of the hallmarks of our event but this year we also are crowning the fittest company in Alexandria with the newly-created Alexandria Chamber Cup.”
The Alexandria Chamber of Commerce is one of the largest chambers in the Greater Washington region, with 850 professional business members and partners employing more than 49,000 people region-wide.
The 13.1-mile Woodrow Wilson Bridge Half Marathon race is sanctioned by USA Track & Field on a USATF-certified course which begins at the Mount Vernon Estates, travels up George Washington Memorial Parkway to historic Old Town Alexandria, crosses the famous Woodrow Wilson Bridge and ends at the modern resort of National Harbor.
Last year’s inaugural event sold out with 4,000 runners, prompting race organizers to raise the bar to put 5,000 starters on the line at this year’s second edition.
This year, finishers will be treated to the “red carpet” treatment, thanks to the support of Hadeed Carpet Cleaning. Runners will pass over the carpet as they finish the half-marathon and file into the Michelob Ultra Finish Line Festival.
For over 56 years, the Hadeed family has specialized in the hand washing and restoration of oriental rugs. Hadeed employs a labor-intensive, time-tested method that is most effective and least corrosive. The Alexandria-based company employs approximately 100 employees dedicated to cleaning and maintaining rugs in a manner which provides beauty and longevity as they gain value over time. Hadeed Carpet has been an active supporter of the Alexandria Chamber.
The race will benefit Autism Speaks, Alice Ferguson Foundation, Back on My Feet, Child & Family Network Centers, Washington Area Women’s Foundation, the RunningBrooke Fund and emerging elite U.S. distance runners. A shadow race in Iraq for U.S. and Iraqi soldiers has been added to this year’s event.