Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch launches from Market Street March 5

Feb. 17, 2011 – Headliners include “Biggest Loser” Season 9 contestant; free 1-mile run gets families in on fitness

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – For the seventh year, the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch will launch from Market Street in north Scottsdale on Saturday, March 5. The running event in Scottsdale includes a half marathon, a 10K, 5K and a free one-mile family fun run. The Run will benefit Ryan House, the unique palliative and respite care provider that opened in downtown Phoenix about a year ago to serve children with life-threatening conditions and their families. About 1,400 runners are expected to participate in the Run for Ryan House.

Three local celebrity athletes will headline the Run for Ryan House in an effort to generate buzz for the event in north Scottsdale. Arizona triathlete Kevin Taddonio, an IronMan competitor, will run the 10K. Triathlete Lewis Elliot will run the 5K. And SunShine Hampton, a contestant on NBC’s “Biggest Loser” season 9, will run the half marathon.

The majority of the race has a lane closed to accommodate runners, in the places where there is not a lane closure, there will be either an extended bike lane or a paved pathway.

“The courses are accurately measured,” said Chris Giles, owner of RacePlace, which is producing the Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch races. “Hills along the second half of the 10K and Half will keep it interesting. And, being in and around DC Ranch, the courses offer scenic vistas.”

“As a Council, we nurture our community value of healthy living, foster civic engagement, and, through our philanthropic spirit, support the greater community of which DC Ranch is a part,” said Jennifer Clark, DC Ranch event director. “Our partnership with Ryan House brings to life the intention of our mission, and we are pleased to work hand in hand with Ryan House to help them help Arizona families.”

For their part Ryan House is grateful for DC Ranch’s partnership, and sees the connection as one that helps raise visibility of both.

“We are honored to be in this partnership with DC Ranch and to be the beneficiary of the Run for Ryan House for the seventh year,” said Debbie Simons, executive director of Ryan House. “It’s the support and the awareness from communities such as DC Ranch that helps us provide that essential care for children who have life-threatening conditions, and affords their families a much needed break from the round-the-clock care their child needs.”

The 2011 Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch features:
• 5K, 10K and Half Marathon challenging, scenic courses.
• Chronotrack timing, which features a disposable chip that will accurately record your individual time from when you cross the start line to when you cross the finish line.
• Technical sports shirts for all registered runners in the Half Marathon.
• Commemorative cotton T-shirts for all registered participants in the 5K and 10K.
• Age Groups 5K, 10K and Half Marathon runs: 11 & under, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85 and older, Clydesdale/Athena (men over 200 lbs. and women over 150 lbs. half marathon only). The 1-mile run is non-competitive.
• Awards: Overall and age group awards will be given for the Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K. Clydesdale and Athena awards are available for the Half Marathon only. Awards distributed based on chip time.
• A free 1-Mile Family Fun Run (youth participants receive a medal).
• Aid stations along the course keep runners in good shape.
• Health & Fitness Expo and Packet Pick Up on Friday, March 4, 2011 from noon to 7 p.m. at Market Street in DC Ranch; Participants are invited to the Starlight Concert at Market Street Park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

EVENT DETAILS:
WHAT: Run for Ryan House at DC Ranch

WHO: Competitive and non-competitive runners and families
DATE: Saturday, March 5, 2011
TIME: Half Marathon at 7 a.m.;
10K at 7:25 a.m.;
5K at 7:30 a.m.;
1-Mile Family Fun Run at 7:45 a.m.
WHERE: Market Street at DC Ranch (southeast corner of Pima Road and Thompson Peak Parkway in north Scottsdale)
REGISTRATION: www.ryanhouse.org

PACKET PICK-UP AND HEALTH & FITNESS EXPO:
Market Street at DC Ranch
Friday, March 4, 2011
Noon to 7 p.m.
COST: Half Marathon: $55 through Feb. 28; $60 through March 3; $65 March 4 & 5
10K: $30 through Feb. 28; $35 through March 3; $40 March 4 & 5
5K: $25 through Feb. 28; $30 through March 3; $35 March 4 & 5
1-Mile Family Fun Run: Free; registration required
MORE: Join the Run for Ryan House on Facebook and Twitter.
Direct general inquiries to Tempe Ligett at 480.538.3540 or tempe.ligett@dcranchinc.com.
About DC Ranch Community Council
DC Ranch is a 4,400-acre community located adjacent to the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in north Scottsdale. The DC Ranch Community Council facilitates a connected and welcoming community that instills pride and a sense of belonging in every DC Ranch resident by providing communications, events, and opportunities to nurture meaningful relationships with the greater community. The leadership of the seven-member Community Council Board of Directors and professional staff upholds the DC Ranch community values and enables opportunities for civic, cultural, educational, social, philanthropic and recreational involvement.

About Ryan House
The mission of Ryan House is to provide essential care in a home-like setting where children with life-threatening conditions and their families can come for respite and, as needed, end-of-life care. All services at Ryan House are guided by the principles of palliative care. This philosophy of comfort care addresses not only physical pain but also the emotional, spiritual and social needs of the child and family. Ryan House is an Arizona 501(c) (3) non-profit that was established in 2004. Ryan House opened in spring 2010. For more information visit www.ryanhouse.org. Follow us on Twitter and join us on Facebook.

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