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Tug McGraw Foundation Announces Team McGraw Participation In Country Music 1/2 Marathon


Posted on: 02/27/2008

 
Tug McGraw Foundation Announces Team McGraw
Participation In Country Music 1/2 Marathon 
 
Team McGraw is Lacing Up To Make A Difference
Join Team McGraw in Nashville to Run, Walk or Cheer
 
NASHVILLE, Tenn., (February 27, 2008) – The Tug McGraw Foundation (TMF), founded in honor of legendary pitcher Tug McGraw to fund quality of life research on behalf of brain tumor patients, announced today that Team McGraw will participate in the Country Music ½ Marathon on Saturday, April 26, 2008. 
 
“We have had widespread interest in and support for Team McGraw and we are thrilled to be warming up for another year of raising awareness and funds by running a half-marathon in the home of country music,�said TMF Honorary Chairman, Tim McGraw, Tug’s son and a GRAMMY® Award-winning musician.
 
Team McGraw’s successful debut in the ING New York City Marathon 2007 raised more than $280,000 for brain tumor research. The Foundation will kick off 2008 participating in Elite Racing’s Country Music ½ Marathon. 
 
“We are continuing to recruit team members who are committed to raising awareness and funds to improve the quality of life of individuals diagnosed with brain tumors.  I’d like to encourage our fans and fans of country music to lace up their running shoes and come run or walk with Team McGraw in the Country Music ½ Marathon this April. Brain tumors are serious business, but the spirit and musicality of Elite Racing’s Rock ‘n’ Roll marathons also reflect the fun and quality of life we seek for those on whose behalf we run, so it is a thrill to share in this event.â€� said Jeff McMahon, keyboard player for Tim McGraw’s band, the Dancehall Doctors; a TMF board member; and chairman of the Foundation’s marathon program.
 
McMahon knows firsthand the urgency of Team McGraw’s fundraising and awareness efforts. He is running this year in memory of friend and fellow musician, Jeannie Kauffman, who passed away this February after battling a brain tumor for 27 months. Many team members will dedicate their runs to a special person or people whose lives had been touched by a brain tumor, emphasizing the need for research and the important impact that the Tug McGraw Foundation continues to have for patients, families, caregivers and professionals. McMahon will be joined by band mate Dean Brown, fiddle player, as well as family and friends, musicians, athletes, students and healthcare professionals. 
 
“I’m honored to run this year on behalf of Jeff Hinson, who has been battling this devastating disease since November 2006. I, like Jeff, am the father of a busy family, and I have great respect for his role as a committed and connected father. I also know that when one family member becomes ill, be it with a common cold or something as life-changing as a brain tumor, the entire family suffers…so I feel blessed to be able to contrribute,â€� said Brown.
 
About Brain Tumors
Brain tumors are the leading cause of death from solid tumors in children under age 20 and the third leading cause of all cancer deaths in young adults ages 20 to 39. Over the past 10 years, brain tumor research has advanced significantly, yet the reality of living with a brain tumor remains the same.  Brain tumors may alter thought, emotion, memory, movement and language.  Quality of life research is recognized as a needed component of brain tumor care.
 
“The Southeast has a particularly high incidence of deadly brain cancers,â€� according to Dr. Reid C. Thompson, director of the VanderbiltBrain Tumor Center in Nashville, Tenn.“ The Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is conducting research to identify genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the region's relatively high incidence of glioma. With our knowledge of the potential impact on our loved ones and neighbors, Team McGraw’s effort to raise awareness and funds for research takes on a particular significance for our community.â€�
 
For more information about the Tug McGraw Foundation, please visit www.tugmcgraw.org.
 
For more information about the Country Music Marathon & ½ Marathon, please visit www.CMMarathon.com or call 800.311.1255.
About the Tug McGraw Foundation
The Tug McGraw Foundation was established to raise funds for pioneering brain tumor research, increase public awareness of the disease, and support students who exemplify leadership and Tug’s inspiring “Ya Gotta Believeâ€� spirit.  To learn more about how to join or support Team McGraw, please write to marathon@tugmcgraw.org or visit www.tugmcgraw.org/news/teammcgrawvideo.asp
About Elite Racing Inc.
Based in San Diego, Calif., Elite Racing, Inc. is a division of Competitor Group, Inc., which includes endurance sports publishing leaders Competitor Magazine and Triathlete Magazine. Elite Racing produces world-class road racing events for runners and walkers throughout the United States. Its signature Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series began in 1998 with the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego. Over the past 10 years, the sports marketing and management company has grown to manage a total of seven marathons and half marathons including the P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe, the Country Music Marathon and ½ Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Antonio Marathon & ½ Marathon in San Antonio, Tex., the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathons in Virginia Beach, Va. and San Jose, Calif., and the ING Philadelphia Distance Run. Events feature live bands on entertainment stages and cheerleaders at every mile along the course and attract between 13,000 and 37,000 participants.
 
In addition, Elite Racing also produces the Carlsbad 5000. Known as the “world’s fastest 5K,� the Carlsbad 5000 is home to 16 world best times at the 3.1-mile distance and welcomes over 10,000 runners and walkers to the streets of Carlsbad, Calif. annually.
 
For more information about Elite Racing’s events visit www.eliteracing.com. 
 
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Contact: Ritz Communications on behalf of Tug McGraw Foundation
Mike Beyer – 773/463-4211, mike.beyer@ritzcommunications.com
Patty Keiler – 312/550-5394, patty.keiler@ritzcommunications.com
 
Contact: Elite Racing, Inc.
Ian Monahan – 800/311-1255, imonahan@eliteracing.com
Kim Dettwiller – 615/330-5656, kimdet@comcastt.net
 

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