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Jeff Shapiro, Organs 'R' Us, 650.508.9700
Kellie Leonard, Nike, Inc., 503.671.6171

Nike Annonces Presenting Sponsorship of "The Relay " -- A 199-Mile Race in the Bay Area.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA April 22, 2004 - Today Nike announced its sponsorship of The Relay, a 199-mile, twelve-member team run that begins in Calistoga and ends in Santa Cruz, California. The Relay benefits organ donation through Organs 'R' Us and takes place over a two-day period on October 23rd and October 24th, 2004.

"We're excited to have the world leader in the running industry as a sponsor," said Jeff Shapiro, Race Director of The Relay. "2004 is our 10th anniversary and Nike has committed to helping us raise awareness of the 83,000 Americans waiting for transplants."

"We're pleased to become a Presenting Sponsor of The Relay this year," said Kellie Leonard of Nike. "The Relay brings more than 3,500 runners from all over the US to compete in a 24-four hour event that offers a unique experience for athletes while benefiting the lives of others in need of organ donation."

About The Relay
With more than 300 teams, The Relay is the largest event in the world promoting organ donation. Runners travel 36 legs (three legs per runner, 3-8.9 miles each) through 36 cities from the scenic Napa Valley Wine Country to Sonoma and Marin, across the Golden Gate Bridge under a full moon, to San Francisco and San Mateo, and through Silicon Valley to Santa Cruz.

About Organs 'R' Us
Organs 'R' Us, a nonprofit public benefit corporation, was founded in San Francisco in 1996 and supports transplant recipients, candidates, family members, friends and donor families by promoting organ donation through athletics.

About Nike
Nike, Inc. based in Beaverton, Oregon is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities.

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