Seattle Laces up to Beat the Bridge and Diabetes
$1 Million Raised for 25th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes
SEATTLE, May 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- On Sunday, May 20, over 9,000 runners, walkers and all manner of fleet footed fundraisers in the fight against diabetes gathered at University of Washington's Husky Stadium to participate in the 25th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes event which benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Contributions from Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes are expected to exceed $1 million for diabetes research this year; since its inception in 1983 over $9 million has been raised.
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"Thanks to the ongoing support of companies like Nordstrom, family teams and individuals, we are able to help fund the most innovative diabetes research worldwide," said Nadine Heichel, executive director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Northwest. "I look forward to the day when we find a cure that allows the individuals and families affected by diabetes to live without the restraints of this complicated disease."
Approximately 1,000 Nordstrom employees and JDRF supporters volunteered over 5,000 hours this year for the Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes events. "We are proud of how committed our employees have been over the past 25 years to Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes," said Brent Harris, Nordstrom executive vice president and regional manager for Washington/Alaska. "Along with the dedication of JDRF, local businesses and the community, everyone involved plays a vital role in raising the funds needed to bring us closer to finding a cure for diabetes."
The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes competitive 8K is the fourth largest 8K race in the country. Non-competitive events included a Four- mile Family Walk, a One-Mile Fun Run and a Diaper Derby which provided fun for the entire family. Spectators were invited to participate in a variety of activities and entertainment.
Proceeds from Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes, including registration fees and pledges, benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Pledges for this year's event will be accepted through June 8. Major sponsors of the 2007 event included Nordstrom, Group Health Cooperative, ClearChannel Outdoor, KOMO 4 and KOMO 1000, New Balance, Puget Sound Business Journal and Star 101.5.
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the world's leading nonprofit, nongovernmental funder of diabetes research, was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with juvenile diabetes-a disease that strikes children suddenly, makes them insulin dependent for life, and carries the constant threat of devastating complications. JDRF contributes more money directly to diabetes research than any other non-governmental health agency in the world. JDRF's mission is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. For more information, visit the Web site at www.jdrf.org, or call 800-533-CURE.
Nordstrom, Inc. is one of the nation's leading fashion specialty retailers, with 155 U.S. stores located in 27 states. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 98 Full-Line Stores, 50 Nordstrom Racks, four Faconnable boutiques, one freestanding shoe store and two clearance stores. Nordstrom also operates 36 Faconnable boutiques in Europe. Additionally, Nordstrom serves customers through its online presence at www.nordstrom.com and through its catalogs. Nordstrom, Inc. is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.
Editor's Note: Attached is a list of 2007 Nordstrom Beat the Bridge to Beat Diabetes 8K race winners.
2007 NORDSTROM BEAT THE BRIDGE 8K RACE WINNERS MEN 1. Mark Mandi Seattle WA 24:21 (2nd consecutive win) 2. Jake Schmitt Seattle, WA 24:36 3. Leif Kohler Issaquah, WA 24:57 4. Travis Boyd Seattle, WA 24:58 5. Jon Hickey Seattle, WA 25:10 6. Chris Ahl Seattle, WA 25:15 7. Eric Garner Woodinville, WA 25:25 8. Brett Winegar Seattle, WA 25:39 9. Ben Mangrum Tacoma, WA 25:48 10. Angleo Baca Seattle, WA 25:56 WOMEN 1. Anca Ilau Vancouver, BC 27:21 2. Jill Hunter Seattle, WA 27:49 3. Mariko Holbrook Cambridge, MA 28:10 4. Gwen Greiner Seattle, WA 28:46 5. Lauren Matthews Seattle, WA 29:19 6. Tori Tyler Los Altos, CA 29:25 7. Sara Donahue Seattle, WA 29:27 8. Jennifer Arthur Seattle, WA 29:43 9. Sally Bergensen Seattle, WA 29:55 10. Rose Wetzel Seattle, WA 29:58 WHEELCHAIR MEN 1. Kaleb Kallappa Vancouver, WA 23:23 WHEELCHAIR WOMEN 1. Susannah Scaroni Spokane, WA 26:42 (2nd consecutive win) CONTACTS: Kendall Bingham Nordstrom, Inc. (206) 373 3031 Angie Bring Porter Novelli (206) 770-7014 SOURCE Nordstrom, Inc. 05/20/2007 CONTACT: Kendall Bingham of Nordstrom, Inc., +1-206-373-3031, Angie Bring of Porter Novelli, +1-206-770-7014 Photo: NewsCom: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20001011/NORDLOGO AP Archive: http://photoarchive.ap.org PRN Photo Desk, email@example.com Web site: http://www.nordstrom.com http://www.jdrf.org