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Potomac River Board Matter
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JOINT BOARD MATTER


With Supervisor Gerry Hyland

POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON DAY

April 25, 2005


Mr. Chairman:

Runners, from at least four countries and twenty two states as well as Fairfax County residents, will participate in the second annual Potomac River Marathon - which is 26.2 miles - and Half-Marathon - which is 13.1 miles - on May 1, 2005. This marathon will start at sunrise at Belle Haven Park and head down and back on the Mount Vernon Trail along the Potomac River and through the woods of George Washington Memorial Parkway. Other natural and historical points visible from the course include Dyke Marsh, Riverside Park and Fort Hunt Park.

The Greater Washington Sports Alliance notes in reference to the visionaries of this event that: "This event shows why the Washington D.C. region is so great for sports." Last year's event received a perfect five-star rating for the course and organization from participants who shared their opinions with MarathonGuide.com. Furthermore, the marathon benefits Special Olympics, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and other members of the Metro DC-area Marathon Charity Partners.

Therefore, I move that the Board show unanimous support for this event by proclaiming May 1, 2005 as "POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON DAY" as follows:


WHEREAS, the first annual Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon was conducted in Fairfax County on May 2, 2004, drawing participants from 16 States, the District of Columbia, and three foreign countries; and


WHEREAS, the 2004 Potomac River Run Marathon earned two five-star (top) ratings for course and organization from participants via MarathonGuide.com; and


WHEREAS, the 2004 Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon donated $2,500 to local and national charities; and


WHEREAS, 200 runners from 22 States, the District of Columbia, and Army Europe will participate in the second annual Potomac River Run Marathon and Half Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2005; and


WHEREAS, the Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon shows off the natural beauty of Fairfax County, exposing runners to natural and historic views along the Potomac River, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Mount Vernon Trail; and


WHEREAS, the Potomac River Run Marathon is the only 26.2-mile full-distance marathon conducted in Fairfax County; and


WHEREAS, the Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon includes a College of Running Educational Expo on Saturday, April 30, 2005, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Courtyard by Marriott hotel that is free and open to the public; and


WHEREAS, the Surgeon General of the United States prescribes a minimum of 10,000 steps per day for good health; and


WHEREAS, the Potomac River Run Marathon and Half-Marathon coincides with and celebrates World Laughter Day, Sunday, May 1, 2005;


NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, on behalf of all citizens of Fairfax County, does hereby proclaim Sunday, May 1, 2005, as POTOMAC RIVER RUN MARATHON AND HALF-MARATHON DAY in Fairfax County and encourages all citizens to support this unique event.

 

 

 

 


   

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