SOURCE: Arthritis Foundation


July 10, 2013 07:00 ET

Come Run the Erie Canal at the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon

Thousands Will Run to Benefit the Arthritis Foundation

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - July 10, 2013) -  Thousands of runners from across the U.S., upstate NY and parts of Canada will come together on Sunday, September 22, 2013 for the MVP Health Care Rochester Marathon, Half & Relay to benefit the Arthritis Foundation. Over 50 million Americans have arthritis, which is the leading cause of disability in the United States. 

"Runners from the expert to the first-timers will enjoy the Rochester Marathon, which has been a signature autumn tradition in our area for the past nine years," said Melinda Merante, Regional Director of the Arthritis Foundation Upstate New York Chapter. "Race day is Rochester at its best -- great community support, gorgeous views along the Erie Canal, and a chance to help raise funds for a debilitating disease affecting both children and adults," added Merante.

The race, a Boston Marathon qualifier, offers a full, half and relay option -- all are USATF certified. The full marathon course features a relatively flat course, scenic view of some of Rochester's most famous landmarks, and the beautiful Erie Canal. The half-marathon features the same relatively flat course and some of the same scenic views such as Eastman House and Rochester Science Museum. Cash prizes are awarded to the top male and female finishers in a variety of categories. 

This year YellowJacket Racing will be managing the production of race day activities including course preparations and event timing. The Arthritis Foundation will continue to manage registration, post-race food and volunteers.

To register visit Entry fee is $75 per person for full marathon, $60 per person for half marathon, and $140 per relay team. Prices increase after July 26, 2013. Runners are encouraged to help raise funds for the Arthritis Foundation, a non-profit providing services and programs nationwide. For questions please call the Arthritis Foundation Upstate New York Chapter at 585-264-1480. 

About the Arthritis Foundation
The Arthritis Foundation ( is committed to reducing the impact of arthritis, which can severely damage joints and rob people of their ability to live normal lives, including children. The Foundation provides proven programs to help fight arthritis pain, pursues public policy on behalf of patients, and supports groundbreaking research for effective treatments and a cure.

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