RALEIGH, N.C. (September 10, 2009)—Sarah Roberts-Witt, organizer and inspiration behind The Magnificent Mile (www.magmilerace.com), announces today that the husband-and-wife team of Dave Kent, KISS-FM on-air personality, and Kelcey Carlson, WRAL-TV anchor, are emcees of the fourth annual event in downtown Raleigh on Sunday, September 13, 2009.
"I am so pleased and grateful that Dave and Kelcey are willing to host our event," says Roberts-Witt. "Their involvement has raised the profile of The Magnificent Mile in the community significantly."
The Magnificent Mile is a fundraising event that includes one-mile runs and walks, as well as other family friendly activities. Proceeds benefit the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation. In its first three years, nearly 1,500 participants have helped raise more than $100,000 for research into upper motor neuron diseases. The 2009 event is expected to have more than 750 participants and has a fundraising goal of $50,000.
"The Magnificent Mile is one of a kind, something anyone can participate in," says Dave Kent. "It's also the first event my wife, Kelcey, and I have emceed together, and we're excited about that."
The Magnificent Mile serves as the USATF North Carolina State one-mile championship and is the first of the eight-race Second Empire Grand Prix Series. Additionally, organizers seek to encourage sustainable and environmentally conscious activities. The Magnificent Mile is part of Endurance Magazine's Race Without a Trace initiative aimed at promoting races that are environmentally conscious.
About The Magnificent Mile:
Sarah Roberts-Witt, co-founder and inspiration behind The Magnificent Mile, was an avid runner and marathoner until developing primary lateral sclerosis in 2004. She is now confined to a wheelchair and is unable to speak, but the disease hasn't stopped her. Since her diagnosis, she has dedicated her time to trying to find a cure-one step at a time. This race combines her love of running with her desire to find a cure for motor neuron disease. The Magnificent Mile races have raised more than $100,000 to fund research grants awarded by the Spastic Paraplegia Foundation to help find a cure for motor neuron disease. Visit www.magmilerace.com.
About Spastic Paraplegia Foundation:
The Spastic Paraplegia Foundation (SPF) is a nonprofit, all-volunteer organization founded in 2000 and the beneficiary of The Magnificent Mile races. Its primary mission is to find a cure for two upper motor neuron disorders, primary lateral sclerosis (PLS) and hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), and to raise awareness of their devastating effects. Some 92 percent of its funds go to this mission. Since its inception, the SPF has awarded more than $2 million in research grants. Visit www.sp-foundation.org.