PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 7 Kaiser Permanente and PasadenaForward, a Pasadena-based nonprofit organization, today announced that KaiserPermanente has signed as Presenting Sponsor of the 2008 Pasadena Marathon.The inaugural race, calendared for Sunday, November 16, 2008, is the flagshipevent for Pasadena Forward.
Kaiser Permanente Southern California, whose corporate headquarters islocated in Pasadena, serves 3.3 million members and is the largest privateemployer in Los Angeles County. Based in Oakland, California, KaiserPermanente is one of America's leading nonprofit integrated health plans,serving approximately 8.2 million people in nine states and the District ofColumbia.
Dr. Benjamin Chu, President of Kaiser Permanente Southern California,said, "This fitness and social event is a fitting forum to communicate ourfundamental message: the importance of total health -- physical, emotional,and spiritual. We want to help spread health to our members and everyone elsein the communities we serve. Join us in this purposeful and fun kick-off ofthe Pasadena Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente."
Race organizers concur that a partnership between the Pasadena Marathonand Kaiser Permanente is an ideal marriage.
"I'm delighted that Kaiser Permanente joins us in bringing this excitingevent to Pasadena - it's a perfect match," said Israel Estrada, ExecutiveDirector of Pasadena Forward. "Together, we'll showcase the best of our city,promoting health and fitness within our community and throughout the country."
Those interested in participating in the Pasadena Marathon are encouragedto register prior to Monday, September 1, when fees are slated to increase.Additional information about the Pasadena Marathon can be found on theInternet at http://pasadenamarathon.org.
About Pasadena Forward -- Pasadena Forward was founded in 2004 byExecutive Director, Israel Estrada. The organization's mission is to promoteenhanced quality of life for those working, living, or attending school in thePasadena area. Offering financial and logistical support to civic andcharitable agencies, Pasadena Forward aims to have a broad impact on thenonprofit community's ability to deliver services. The Pasadena Marathon is afundraiser geared to further the mission of Pasadena Forward and includes aMarathon, Half Marathon, 5K, Bike Tour, and 3.1-mile Fun Run/Walk. For moreinformation, visit http://pasadenamarathon.org.
About Kaiser Permanente -- Kaiser Permanente is one of the nation'sleading integrated health plans. Founded in 1945, it is a nonprofit, grouppractice prepayment program with Southern California headquarters in Pasadena,CA. Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 3.3 million members inSouthern California. Today it encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser FoundationHealth Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and thefor-profit Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Kaiser Permanente'sSouthern California Region includes more than 55,800 technical, administrativeand clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 6,400 physiciansrepresenting all specialties. More information about Kaiser Permanente can befound at http://kaiserpermanente.org.
SOURCE Kaiser Permanente