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Boot Campaign Partners with Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon

The Boot Campaign and the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series today announced a new partnership to show appreciation for troops and raise funds for military programs at the 2014 P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon & ½ Marathon.

A grassroots initiative which started in 2009, the Boot Campaign will become the benefiting charity of the 5.4-mile Mini Marathon on Sunday, January 19, 2014. By wearing combat boots, the Boot Campaign supports the brave men and women who dedicate their lives to protecting America. The race joins many other sports leagues and celebrities who have signed on to show support and thanks for our heroes, while helping to raise critical funds to support the campaign.

“Our popular mini distance allows more people to experience the fun and excitement of a Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon event and we are delighted to partner with the Boot Campaign fundraising initiative that supports our armed forces,” said Dave Hussa, Vice-President of Charity Partnerships for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. “By wearing the boots or committing to fundraise through the event, runners are making a visible and inspirational commitment for those who serve our country.”

The Boot Campaign provides an easy and tangible way for participants to show their support for our troops that directly benefits our military. Along with its partner charities and celebrity supporters, the Boot Campaign aims to raise public awareness and recognize the efforts and sacrifices of those who have risked, and in some cases lost their lives to protect America’s freedoms.

“The Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Mini-Marathon is the perfect opportunity to say ‘thank you’ with your feet,” says Danielle Zopf, Boot Campaign’s Director of Corporate Responsibility. “Walk or run a mile in their shoes to show them that you are grateful for the many sacrifices they make for our freedom. Buying your boots also funds our assistance programs as $50 from every pair goes to helping service members, Veterans and their families.”

The P.F. Chang’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon & ½ Marathon is returning for its 11th year, and will feature live bands and entertainment at each mile of a scenic course through Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tempe. The race features a 26.2 marathon, 13.1 half marathon, 2-person relay, and Cole Bike Tour in addition to the Mini Marathon. More than 24,000 expected participants will finish at Tempe Beach Park, where The Joy Formidable will perform a free post-race concert.

Event weekend in Arizona kicks off with a free Health & Fitness Expo presented by Fox 10 and My 45, where runners can find over 100 vendors, interactive clinics with running experts and elite athletes, and much more. The Boot Campaign will have an interactive booth at the expo, which takes place at the Phoenix Convention Center on Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th and is free and open to the public.

For more information about supporting the Boot Campaign and or to register for the Mini Marathon, visit RunRocknRoll.com/Arizona.

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Michael Gossie is an award-winning journalist who has earned more than 50 awards for writing, editing and design. He studied economics at Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., and put his entrepreneurial spirit to work in 2007, using a 200-year-old family recipe to launch an Italian sauce company. He is a competitive marathon runner, Ironman triathlete and is most proud of being the founding president of the Steuben Arc Foundation in Upstate New York, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities, including his sister.