SOURCE: Free Wheelchair Mission

January 19, 2007 12:05 ET

Running for a Mission!

IRVINE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 19, 2007 -- Free Wheelchair Mission and the Pacific Shoreline Marathon are teaming up for the second year in a row to share the transforming gift of mobility around the world. Scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, 2007, the marathon will attract thousands to the shores of Huntington Beach, to run for those who can't. To date, over 105 marathon fundraisers have gathered in excess of $140,000 to purchase wheelchairs for the impoverished disabled living in developing nations, and organizers are expecting this figure to double by race day.

A celebratory dinner is planned for the evening of Saturday, February 3, at the Hilton Waterfront Beach Resort. Evening highlights include guest speakers Mr. Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah of the Oprah-narrated documentary "Emmanuel's Gift," and Don Schoendorfer, president and founder of the Free Wheelchair Mission.

Newly added to the evening's agenda is Dr. William Tan, a neuroscientist and top-flight wheelchair athlete. Dr. Tan has traveled the world, participating in marathons and raising funds and awareness for children's health issues; in 2005, he completed 10 marathons on 7 continents in 65 days, each race as a fundraiser for a different charity. He has selected the Pacific Shoreline marathon as his North American stop in 2007 as the race supports Free Wheelchair Mission and targets mobility issues for the underserved.

Information about fundraising opportunities and the dinner celebration can be found online at To register to run in the Pacific Shoreline marathon, please go to


Free Wheelchair Mission, the Orange County, California-based non-profit organization, is committed to providing the transforming gift of mobility to the physically disabled poor in developing countries. Free Wheelchair Mission creatively partners with like-minded international humanitarian and indigenous organizations and plans to distribute 20 million wheelchairs by the year 2010. Started in 2001, the organization has distributed more than 175,000 wheelchairs worldwide. For more information, visit


The Pacific Shoreline Marathon takes place each year in Huntington Beach, CA on Super Bowl Sunday. The eleventh annual event will be held on February 4th, 2007 with over 12,000 runners expected to participate in the Marathon, Half-Marathon and 5K events. Full marathon is already sold out, but slots are still available in the 1/2 marathon and the 5K. Weekend highlights include the two-day Active Lifestyle Expo, free Salomon Shoes to all marathon finishers, the $11,000 Half Marathon Speed Bonus Prize Pool, and Classic Surfboard Medals for all race participants. This popular Surf City event is expected to attract more than 30,000 people to Huntington Beach over Super Bowl Weekend.

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