Natures Path building a sustainable, organic marathon on Whidbey Island

Dean Karnazes – The Ultra Marathon Man – will also run in the race

Richmond, BC, CANADA – Nature’s Path Foods sprints into its second year as title sponsor of the Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon on Sunday, April 15, 2007.

Maria Emmer-Aanes, Director of Marketing of Nature’s Path, wants race participants to enjoy the organic experience of what is expected to become a world-class competition.

“As the leading manufacturer of certified organic breakfast foods, snacks and pastas, we want to show how an active, sustainable and organic lifestyle can improve the overall health and wellbeing of everyone,” said Emmer-Aanes. “Our goal in making Nature’s Path a trusted household name for organic goodness is to continue to participate in events like this and through our key partners like Dean Karnazes, who just completed The North Face® Endurance 50; 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 consecutive days!”

The Whidbey Island Marathon & Half Marathon is organized by Pro-Motion Events, Inc. of Seattle, Wash. The event’s Marketing Manager Garett Slettebak, said he is thrilled to work with Nature’s Path for a second year.
“All of us here at the Whidbey Island Marathon are excited to be partnering again with Nature’s Path Foods as together we create what hopefully will be the premier organically focused marathon in the nation ,” Slettebak noted. “With an amazingly beautiful point-to-point full marathon and half marathon course that showcases the uniqueness of Whidbey Island, the Nature’s Path Whidbey Island Marathon and Half Marathon is definitely one not to be missed.”

As part of the event, Nature’s Path will put photos of the first place male and female full marathon winner on the back of 4.5 million of the company’s Optimum™ ReBound™ cereal boxes distributed throughout North America. This top-selling cereal is specifically formulated for optimal post-exercise muscle recovery and fuel replenishment. The cereal is just one of a full line of Nature’s Path certified organic products containing no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

Event organizers expect 3,000 participants during the course of this year’s weekend event, which also includes an event expo on Saturday, April 14. Registration applications are being accepted online through April 12. Additional registration information, event details, and directions are located at

Founded in 1985, Nature’s Path Foods operates its headquarters in Richmond, B.C., Canada and employs 270 people at its four facilities throughout Canada and the U.S. The privately held, family owned company produces breakfast foods, snacks and pasta that are sold in specialty foods stores and national retailers in 40 countries around the world. The company’s brands include: Nature’s Path, EnviroKidz™, LifeStream® and Optimum®. For more information, visit
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