Fleet Feet Sponsoring Inaugural Empire State Marathon

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The local running retailer will also provide training programs for event entrants.

From: Running USA

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Achieve Fitness, LLC has announced an agreement with Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse to become an official sponsor of the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011, as well as the Driver’s Village New York State Health and Wellness Expo on Oct. 14-15.

For more than 11 years, the running retailer has been dedicated to creating an inclusive environment in which all types of people receive outstanding service in the fitting of running, walking and cross-training shoes, as well as accessories and apparel for the active lifestyle.

“We’re excited to have Fleet Feet Sports Syracuse as our official sponsor for the races and expo and look forward to working together to bring a world-class running event to Syracuse,” said Brian Collins, principle owner of Achieve Fitness, LLC, management company for the Inaugural Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon.

As part of its sponsorship, Fleet Feet Sports is offering a training program for race participants. The running retailer will also have a booth at the expo and finish line, as well as featured speakers during the expo’s seminar series.

“We’ve been an active member of the local running and triathlon community for a long time, and we’re excited to have a prominent role is this inaugural race,” said Ed Griffin, co-owner of the Fleet Feet Syracuse store.

Fleet Fleet Sports’ 14-week training program begins July 14 for the marathon and July 26 for the half-marathon and includes coaching and support. Each week, a workout will be held at Long Branch Park and participants will complete a long run at Fleet Feet’s Hot Feet run. In addition to weekly group workouts, the program includes two “on-your-own” workouts. The program fees include entry into the Empire State Marathon and a team tech shirt to wear on race day. The Marathon Program is $225 and Half Marathon is $175. Questions regarding Fleet Feet’s training program can be directed to Fred Joslyn at: fjoslyn@fleetfeetsyracuse.com

On Oct. 16, 2011, the Empire State Marathon and Half Marathon will give runners an up-close view of Central New York’s rolling landscape and vibrant autumn colors. The USATF-certified course, which begins and ends at Alliance Bank Ball Park Stadium, travels through the cities of Syracuse, Liverpool and Baldwinsville. A pre-race health a fitness expo will be held on Oct. 14-15 and feature vendors from the running and fitness industries.

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