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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE :
Thursday, August 06, 2009

Little Rock Marathon Announces Training Partner

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (August 6, 2009) – The Little Rock Marathon and Heart Clinic Arkansas announced today a partnership to promote exercise and healthy lifestyles in Arkansas.

As a part of that partnership, Heart Clinic Arkansas will be a presenting sponsor of the 2010 Little Rock Marathon Training Program and medical provider for the 8th annual Little Rock Marathon (and companion races) scheduled for March 6 and 7, 2010.

The Little Rock Marathon training program is a free running/walking program created to prepare individuals who plan to take part in one of the races next March and is a project of Little Rock Parks & Recreation.  “This is a wonderful partnership based on shared values of encouraging and helping people live healthier, more active lives," said Gina Marchese Pharis, Little Rock Marathon co-executive director. "This partnership provides us with the expanded resources needed to bring life-changing messages to people, all while continuing to conduct a world-class event."

Heart Clinic Arkansas is the largest cardiac group in Arkansas with 30 cardiologists, five non-physician practitioners, and more than 150 support personnel at 20 locations around the state. Heart Clinic Arkansas provides comprehensive cardiac care including diagnostic, invasive and interventional services.

Recognizing the importance of a heart healthy lifestyle, Heart Clinic Arkansas is a founding sponsor of the Arkansas River Trail Medical Mile. According to Heart Clinic Arkansas supporting the Little Rock Marathon is “a natural fit” in its community outreach.

"We're delighted to again partner with an organization that complements our efforts in the various communities we serve," said Marcia Atkinson, Heart Clinic Arkansas CEO. "Our mission calls for us to improve the health and well-being of the communities where we live and work. Working with this first-class organization and its committed staff and volunteers, we gain a powerful partner to help fulfill that mission."

“More than 9,000 individuals are expected to participate race weekend,” said Atkinson. “By providing an experienced and dedicated team of medical professionals, Heart Clinic Arkansas will enjoy the special opportunity to serve our community through both hands-on medical assistance race weekend, and through support of the training program.”

In the coming months, Heart Clinic Arkansas will assist with informational workshops, which will help participants prepare physically for the early March event.

Training officially begins October 3 and finishes on race day. A “build up” program designed for individuals who have never run before begins in late August and will last six weeks.

For more information about training please visit www.littlerockmarathon.com.

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