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Katie Grace from Mankato, MN
Cole runs with his 2 donors

 

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Kathy Groebner of Mankato, MN, Katie Grace's mom, 925.478.1977, groebs4@live.com
Carla Combi of Lafayette, CA, Cole's mom, 925.998.3371, cscombi@aol.com
Eddie Higgins, Captain, Google 1, 913.302.7004, eddie.higgins@gmail.com
Eric Giovanola, Captain, Facebook, 650.521.7431, ericgio@gmail.com
Jeff Shapiro, The Relay/Organs 'R' Us, 650.508.9700, run@TheRelay.com

GOOGLE 1 SEARCHES FOR FIFTH WIN AGAINST FACEBOOK, TWITTER AND OTHERS.
Athletes get set for 200 mile run during California's Longest Party! Runners will relay the message during America's largest organ donation event.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA March 1, 2011 - During The Relay on April 30-May 1, up to 3,000 runners will travel 200 miles on teams of 12 from Calistoga in scenic Napa Valley, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, to the Swanton Berry Farm in Davenport promoting the need for donated organs through Organs 'R' Us ("ORU"). The transfer of the baton from runner to runner symbolizes the transfer of an organ from donor to recipient.

"Welcome to Calistoga and thanks for supporting Organs 'R' Us," booms Nancy Fox over the loudspeaker. "I am an organ donor. I donated my heart to a 57 year old man." As mouths drop open in disbelief, Nancy continues. "You heard correctly. I am a heart donor, but we have a race to begin so you will hear the rest of my story at the finish." Nancy sounds the start gun.

Google covered 200 miles in 21 hours, 9 minutes in 2010. In 2011, Google 1 will attempt to be the first team to win The Relay five years in a row. After running 36 legs (three legs per runner) through 36 cities and across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, runners one through eleven will join runner 12 near the end of the final leg to cross the finish as a team where the winners will be 100,000 Americans waiting for organs.

Google, Facebook and Twitter will dedicate their runs to eight-year-old Katie Grace Groebner who needs a new heart and lungs, and eleven-year-old Cole Combi whose two kidney donors are running on team, Drink Cole. Katie Grace and Cole will cheer teams across the finish.

Teams chasing Google and supporting 2500 children waiting for organs include former winner Blue Lightning (IBM), former winner Yaks (Applied Biosystems), Better Than Naked (The North Face), Civil Unrest (MacKay & Somps), Facebook, Genencor International, Run Deloitte Run (Deloitte & Touche), Seagate Xtreme Drives, Shell Team Outta Gas (Shell Oil Products US), Slow as Molasses (Juniper Networks), Thrive (Kaiser Permanente), Triage Consulting (four teams), Twitter, Xfinity (Comcast), and Yo...Taxi (Applied Materials). In the Law Enforcement division are 911 We Run Code 3 (Catati PD), Catie and Annie's Cops (Vacaville PD, 5 teams), Concord Heat (Concord PD), Gang Green (Environmental Protection Agency), Lifesavers (US Coast Guard), Pigs in Pursuit (Woodland PD), Sailors With A Running Problem (US Coast Guard), Global Reach Reserve Runners (US Air Force), and fire departments from Contra Costa, Petaluma, Santa Clara and San Ramon.

After starting with nine teams in 1995, The Relay became the nation's second largest long distance relay in 1997 and has attracted more than 300 teams of 12 runners. The 199-mile course through 36 cities boasts the largest number of tourist destinations of any run. Running 3 legs of 3 to 8 miles, participants travel through Calistoga, Napa, Sonoma, Marin, Sausalito, across the Golden Gate Bridge at midnight, through San Francisco and Silicon Valley to the ocean in Santa Cruz County.

The Relay is not about being the fastest. The Relay is about learning what it takes to be a winner and doing one's best for the team in a celebration of life and running. For corporate teams, The Relay reinforces values that employees need to create a winning company. While conquering as a team what few dare to face alone, runners work together to meet challenges and overcome hardships during the 24-hour adventure. Add the full moon, decorated vans, glow jewelry and "California's Longest Party" is "the most fun 24 feet can have…in the best place on earth."

Organs 'R' Us was founded in San Francisco in 1996 and supports 100,000 Americans waiting for organs by generating $25 million in publicity promoting the need for donors. Through running and walking, ORU members showcase their fitness proving that transplantation restores health. "In the long run, organ donation saves lives," says ORU coach Jeff Shapiro.

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