CIGNA (NYSE:CI), the Philadelphia-based health service company, will be the presenting sponsor of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend for both 2009 and 2010. The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which attracts more than 80,000 participants and spectators from all over the world, is one of the largest events held in Central Florida.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is a blue ribbon event that combines fun, family and physical activity in a magical way, said David Cordani, CIGNA CorporationÂ™s president and chief operating officer. As a health service company, we are intently focused on helping people improve their health and well-being, he continued. Presenting this event with Disney enables us to reach thousands of people and celebrate their efforts to adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Approximately 45,000 runners will participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events which include the Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, and Family Fun Run 5K and KidsÂ™ Races. We are excited to have CIGNA be a part of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, says Kathleen Duran, manager of DisneyÂ™s Endurance Series. With CIGNAÂ™s support, we look forward to making this the best Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend ever.
Walt Disney WorldÂ™s Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile course that will take runners on Saturday from Epcot to Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot for the finish. On Sunday, the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon will pass through all four Walt Disney World theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, DisneyÂ™s Animal Kingdom and DisneyÂ™s Hollywood Studios) and finish back at Epcot.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presents a wide range of fitness opportunities for all levels of athletes including the Walt Disney World Health and Fitness Expo which will be held Jan. 8-10, 2009, at DisneyÂ™s Wide World of Sports Complex. The Walt Disney World Health and Fitness Expo is a three-day celebration focused on health and fitness that involves celebrity runner appearances, seminars on training, racing, and nutrition, along with the opportunity to experience the latest in running and fitness equipment. CIGNA, as presenting sponsor, will participate in the Walt Disney World Health and Fitness Expo by providing attendees with information and activities to help them improve their overall health and well-being.
The 2009 Walt Disney World Half Marathon is currently sold out, but those interested in participating in next yearÂ™s race can find more information at www.disneysports.com. The marathon is still accepting participants who can register at www.disneysports.com. Race day registration is not available, so participants must sign up prior to the race.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is part of the Endurance Series at Walt Disney World Resort, which gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way around the world. From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes from across the country and around the world compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancers. With the yearly support of thousands of volunteers, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend has helped Team in Training (TNT) raise millions of dollars for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. TNT, the worldÂ™s largest endurance sports training program, supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by raising funds to aid the organizationÂ™s mission to cure leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is its largest fundraising event.
CIGNA (NYSE:CI) provides employers with benefits, expertise and services that improve the health, well-being and productivity of their employees. With approximately 47 million covered lives in the United States and around the world, CIGNAÂ™s operating subsidiaries offer a full portfolio of medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and vision care benefits, and group life, accident and disability insurance. www.cigna.com.
About DisneyÂ™s Wide World of Sports
Opened in 1997 at Walt Disney World Resort, DisneyÂ™s Wide World of Sports Complex is a leading sports and entertainment venue for amateur and professional sports in the United States. The sprawling 220-acre state-of-the-art complex features The Milk House, a 165,000-square-foot field house which seats 5,500 for basketball; the 9,500-seat Champion Stadium ballpark; Hess Sports Fields, which include multiple baseball, softball and soccer fields; and Jostens Center, an 80,000-square-foot multi-sport field house. In addition, the complex has 11 tennis courts, including a stadium court, and a track & field complex. The complex is home to more than 180 amateur and professional sports and entertainment events each year, including the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers training camp, the Major League Baseball Atlanta Braves spring training, a Tampa Bay Rays regular-season series, the NBA Pre-Draft Camp, the Pop Warner Super Bowl, Chelsea Football Club events, the Special Olympics Florida Summer Games and the AAU National Championship events. Visit www.disneysports.com for more information.
CIGNA Corporate Communications
Chris Curran, 1 215-761-1560