Vancouverites hit the ground running for the Nike+ Human Race

    With Olympic athletes cheering them on, Vancouver makes history as the
    sole Canadian leg of the global initiative

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 31 /CNW/ - Today, runners from 25 cities across the globe
participated in the Nike+ Human Race 10K; the first race of its kind that
unites runners from around the world. In Vancouver, competitors tracked their
distance during the twilight run through a scenic route that looped through
several Vancouver landmarks and neighbourhoods including Yaletown, the Seawall
and Larwill Park.
    "This evening's race was a great event to come home to," says Simon
Whitfield, silver medallist in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. "In addition
to the Beijing Olympic Games, the Nike+ Human Race marked another opportunity
for Canadian runners to solidify our place in the worldwide running
    Following the race, participants were treated to a knock-out show by
fellow Canadian rockers Theory of a Deadman and The Trews. "It was the perfect
ending to an exciting day," says Katie Gove, Nike+ Human Race participant.
"The crowd was pumped up all day long with a DJ spinning before the race, VIPs
everywhere, post-run massages, not to mention the concert. It was awesome and
I'm exhausted!"
    The 25 other cities participating in the race around the world included
London, Madrid, Paris, Istanbul, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles (the final city
to reach the finish line). As in Vancouver, post-race concerts occurred in
each city by renowned artists such as Kanye West and Moby. In addition to
uniting globally for the race, participants also ran to make a difference.
Together, Nike and the Nike+ Human Race competitors donated USD $3 million to
the charitable benefactors of the race: WWF, The Lance Armstrong Foundation

    For more information on the Nike+ Human Race10K, please visit

    About Nike
    NIKE, Inc. based near 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. Wholly
owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and
distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan Holdings
Incorporated, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags,
accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global
football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets
and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and
accessories. For more information, visit

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