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12.22.10 - Coach Jenny Hadfield to bring renowned training to Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon runners

Live video chats and custom Facebook responses included in partnership

CLEVELAND (Dec. 22, 2010) - Coach Jenny Hadfield, professional trainer and motivational speaker, is partnering with the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon to bring her distinctive training programs for runners to the participants in the 34th annual event on May 15, 2011.

"It's important to us that we offer unique and valuable experiences for our participants," said Executive Director of the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Jack Staph. "Coach Jenny is an amazing coach and trainer. I'm sure our runners will benefit greatly from her teachings, and will enjoy the interaction they will have with her directly."

Beginning Jan. 18, 2011, Hadfield will offer a series of online training programs for various levels exclusively to the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon running community. The programs will be available at www.clevelandmarathon.com and on Cleveland Marathon's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/ClevelandMarathon.

Hadfield will run an Ask Coach Jenny question and answer forum where users can ask training and running-related questions and receive personalized responses. Hadfield will also host two live video chats online where she'll share her tips and answer participants' questions as they ask them.

"Millions of people are finding health, strength and power through running," said Hadfield. "I want to do whatever I can to help and encourage them along the way. The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon is an exceptional race and offers a number of opportunities for participants due to the diverse event distances. Runners can choose a 5K, 10K, half or full marathon - all races in which I have a program developed."

Hadfield's coaching style was developed through her own personal struggles to become a top-ranked endurance athlete. She has run many races and received numerous honors, including third place division in The North Face Challenge 50K Ultra Marathon, 11th overall female in the GORE-TEX TransRockies Run 3 and first place division in the XTERRA Torn Shirt Duatholon.

Hadfield is the co-author of three books geared toward the running community, Marathoning for Mortals, Running for Mortals and Training for Mortals. In addition to being a published author, Hadfield is a featured columnist for many respected publications, including Women's Running Magazine, RunnersWorld.com and the Chicago Tribune.

She will be a featured speaker during the Cleveland Marathon's annual Health and Fitness Expo. The expo is open to public and will be held May 13 and 14 at the Great Lakes Expo Center.

Hadfield and husband John "The Penguin" Bingham, a widely popular runner in his own right, have developed training programs for marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K runners. They also have training programs dedicated to walkers and recovery.

The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon offers the following opportunities for people to participate in the event: full marathon, half marathon, 10K, full marathon walking division, half marathon walking division, 10K walking division, 5K (run or walk) and Kids' Run. The events take place May 14 and 15, 2011. To register for any of the events, or learn more, visit www.clevelandmarathon.com.

There are also opportunities for non-profit organizations to raise funds through their participation in the race through Cleveland Marathon Charities, for which information can also be found on the marathon's website.

To learn more about Coach Jenny Hadfield, visit www.jennyhadfield.com.

About the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K
The Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K is in its 34th year of providing a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities. More than 280,000 runners have participated, generating more than $15 million annually to benefit the Cleveland community.

Mission Statement:
· To provide a running experience for all individuals who want to participate regardless of their abilities.
· To produce an event that highlights the Cleveland community and provides a positive economic impact for the community.
· To give charities an opportunity to benefit financially from the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K events.

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