Paragon Sports To Conduct Training Run Saturday For New York 13.1 Marathon®
01/14/2012

N.Y. sports specialty store Paragon Sports will help runners prepare for the March 24 New York 13.1 Marathon® at Flushing Meadows Corona Park with an 8-mile run on Saturday at 9 a.m.

Online PR News – 14-January-2012 – – With the annual New York 13.1 Marathon® just over two months away, runners across the tri-state area can take advantage of a fun opportunity to keep their training going – or, if they took a break for the holidays, kick it back into gear – when Paragon Sports hosts its first eight-mile training run of the season on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. The run will start at Paragon's flagship location at 867 Broadway (at 18th St.) and continue to Hudson River Park on Manhattan's west side.

Pacers will run at 1:40, 1:50 and 2:00 paces during the training run. Water and sports drinks will be available on the course, and water, coffee, bagels, fruit and other refreshments will be provided at the Paragon store following the run. Participants can also win raffle prizes such as Craft socks and and iPod Shuffle.

For more information or to sign up, runners can call 212-255-8889 or email customerservice@paragonsports.com.

The nationwide 13.1 Marathon® Series returns to beautiful Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, March 24, bringing the popular eight-city tour to Queens for its New York stop. The third annual half-marathon will be joined again this year by the Karhu 5K race, providing opportunities for serious runners as well as newcomers to the sport for a fun-filled day in the shadows of the USTA National Tennis Center, New York Hall of Science, the Queens Wildlife Center and the Unisphere.

The New York 13.1 Marathon® begins in front of Arthur Ashe Stadium and continues around the park, which was the site of the 1939 and 1964 World Fairs. The walker-friendly course will remain open for 3 hours and 30 minutes, a 16 minute/mile pace.

The Karhu 5K race will take place on a separate course within Flushing Meadows Park.

Racers are invited to join the official benefiting charity, Team World Vision to raise funds for clean water projects in Kenya and Malawi while training with local team groups. For more information on Team World Vision please visit www.worldvision.org.

Race registration is currently open at www.131newyork.com. Fees for the 13.1 are $75 per runner until Jan. 12, $85 from Jan. 13 – March 18, and $100 race week; for the Karhu 5K they are $25 until March 18, $30 race week.

The New York 13.1 Marathon® is the third in the eight-city Series, which includes races in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, Miami Beach and Minneapolis. Connect with the 13.1 Marathon Series via Facebook at www.facebook.com/131marathon or on Twitter at @131Marathon.

About Paragon Sports
For sports enthusiasts around the world, Paragon Sports is considered the benchmark of quality for all types of sports equipment and clothing. Since 1908, we have taken pride in showcasing products from the brands you know and love as well as unique and exceptional brands that you may not be familiar with yet.

At Paragon Sports, we are committed to bringing you the hottest, most innovative and technologically advanced products in the sports and outdoor field. We thank you for visiting and hope you have a very pleasant shopping experience.

About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves close to 100 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world. World Vision serves all people, regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.

About US Road Sports
US Road Sports & Entertainment Group is a health and wellness company dedicated to the production of world-class endurance events. The mission of US Road Sports is to offer an unparalleled participant sports experience that showcases host communities and endures as a deeply valued local asset through events that are a part of the city’s culture, identity and brand. For each participant, US Road Sports strives to offer events that allow participants of all skill levels the opportunity to improve their physical and mental health and accomplish life-altering goals while having fun. US Road Sports provides sponsors and municipalities highly effective exposure to help maximize their presence and message in the community.