2010 Beach to Bay Media Packet

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					2010 Media Packet with
 Official Press Release

The City of Corpus Christi, Texas will soon be invaded by nearly twelve-
thousand runners representing the great State of Texas and the United

What are they coming to South Texas for why it is the annual running of
the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon?

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is a full-scale relay marathon (a
marathon is 26.2 miles) that begins on beautiful and scenic Padre Island,
crossing the Laguna Madre along the JFK Causeway, then traveling
through Naval Air Station Corpus Christi and finishing at Cole Park, with the
bay as a backdrop. The race culminates with a huge after race
celebration and pizza party.

The very first Beach to Bay Relay Marathon was held in 1975, as a way for
runners to gather and honor our nation’s military personnel. Now, 35 years
later the tradition continues and the race is held on the third Saturday in
May or Armed Forces Day.

The course’s easy access will allow you to cover the event at any vantage
point along the route; the only restricted area will be the portion of the
race that passes through the Naval Air Station Corpus Christi. Cole Park
Amphitheater is a highly recommended spot for video, photo shoots as
the winners cross the finish line, and all participants gather around for the
post-race festivities, which include food and refreshments, live music
entertainment, and the awards ceremony.

We are sure the 35th annual Beach to Bay Relay Marathon will provide
many memorable newsworthy human-interest stories to share with your
audience. We also hope you enjoy this event as much as everyone else
participating in it does.

Beach to Bay Contacts

For additional information about the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon, or about the
contents of this media kit, or interview follow-ups, please contact:

Doug McBee, Jr.
Race Director
(361) 994-1588 (home)

(361) 960-1402 (mobile)

Charles A. Trexler
Data, Webmaster and Media Coordinator
(361) 994-1588
(361) 737-5736

Schedule of Events

      Thursday, May 13, 2010

      Event:        Beach to Bay Packet Stuffing

      Location:     Holiday Inn Emerald Beach
                    1102 S Shoreline Blvd
                    Corpus Christi, Texas

      Time:         5:30 p.m. until completed (approximately 9:00 pm)

Friday, May 14, 2010

Event:      Beach to Bay Sports Exposition, Registration and Runner
            Packet Pickup (numerous sports related vendors in

Location:   Holiday Inn Emerald Beach
            1102 S Shoreline Blvd
            Corpus Christi, Texas

Time:       10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Event:      Beach to Bay Relay Marathon RACE DAY

Official Welcome
             6:20 a.m. at the Start Line
             6:52 a.m. Reverend Axel Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church

National Anthem
            6:53 a.m. performed by Rolando G. Barrera

Beach to Bay Relay Marathon
           7:00 a.m. at Nueces County Park on the Beach just
           south of Bob Hall Pier

Post Race Celebration
           9:00 a.m. at Cole Park Amphitheater

Course Closure
           1:00 p.m.

Press Release
Corpus Christi, Texas: On Saturday, May 15, 2010
at 7:00 a.m., thousands of runners and spectators
from all over the United States will flock to Padre
Bali Park on Padre Island for the 35th annual
Running of the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon is a 26.2 course sanctioned by the
Corpus Christi Roadrunners. (The Corpus Christi Roadrunners a non for
profit running club founded in 1975) It has been deemed the United States
most premier relay running marathon, since there is not one of its size and
magnitude. The event is divided into six legs that are approximately 4.4
miles. Each participant will run one leg and hand a baton to his or her
team member at various official exchange points.

The Beach to Bay Relay Marathon was founded in 1975 by Commander
John Butterfield who came to Corpus Christi after serving in Iran.
Butterfield organized the first ever “Armed Forces Day Beach to Bay Relay
Marathon, and the race has been growing in popularity ever since. All
monies raised from the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon serve 45 local
charities such as Special Olympics, the Naval Relief Society and many
youth organizations here in the Coastal Bend.

Race Director, Doug McBee Jr. states, “the loyalty for the event is
overwhelming. I like to refer to the Beach to Bay Relay Marathon as the
Adult’s Spring Break”. “It takes many volunteers, many of which spend an
enormous amount of their personal time to put this race together. It is with
their dedication that the race has flourished.” states McBee.

For more detailed information along with a media packet, please visit the
official website for the race at www.beachtobayrelay.com or contact
Race Director, Doug McBee at:

361-994-1588- Home
361-960-1402- Cell
Or please contact Media/Communications Coordinator Chuck Trexler at

Email inquires may be obtained at     Dougmcbee@sbcglobal.net.


• First Beach to Bay Relay was celebrated in conjunction with Armed Forces Day

• Organized by U.S. Navy Commander John Butterfield to honor military personnel


• The Corpus Christi Roadrunners running club was formed and added more
structure to the event

• Number of runners per team was set to six

• Various competitive divisions were organized

• Each leg now had to run 4.4 miles


• Remembered mostly for the high tide making the beach leg a nightmare


• Beach to Bay becomes an international event


• Remembered as the “year of construction” due to construction taking place on the
course path


• First year the race field was increased by 100 teams
• Race budget reached the $90,000 mark

• Larry’s Shoes Team has won the past 13 titles


• Celebrates its 20th anniversary
• Race committee increased the field to 1,000 teams
• Retired U.S. Navy Commander John Butterfield joined the celebration


• Remembered as the hottest event ever


• Remembered as the wettest event ever where the majority of the runners were
drenched by rain


• Smoke from fires in Mexico clouded the air
• A new record of 1,134 teams was reached


• A record 1,310 teams included participants from Boston, Florida, Utah, California,
       Wyoming, Mexico and Germany


• High winds and rain prevented runners from running fast times
• First time in event’s history those men’s masters’ team captured the overall title


• Remembered as the “King Ranch Edition” because the first half of the course
changed due to construction


• “Back to the Beach” after the previous year's temporary “King Ranch Edition” was a
great success


• Completion and reopening of the new highway that goes through the Causeway.
Team www.LaredoHeat.com wins for the second straight year


• Warm conditions remained the norm as total team registration and participation
was up from 2005, with about 1,200 teams finishing the event


The Race honored the many volunteers and committee members of the Beach to Bay
Relay Marathon and was held in memory of Carolyn McBee (1941-2007). The race
also hit another all time high with the most participating teams to date of 1543 teams.


The race marked another milestone by reaching 1725 teams. 2008 also marked the very
first time that chip timing was introduced to its participants.

The 2009 Beach to Bay Relay Marathon will be run in memory of Matthew Ryan
Beveridge. Matthew succumbed to T-Cell Cancer at the age of twenty not before
leaving an indelible mark on the Corpus Christi Community. It was noted as an
exceptionally hot day with record temperatures in 90’s.

2009 marked the very first time that a simultaneous Beach to Bay Relay Marathon
was ran in Tikrit, Iraq. Soldiers in Iraq were given special Beach to Bay Shirts and
(BIB) numbers and ran their own race. Special runners of the 4 th leg (through NAS
C.C.) also had the names of these individuals on his/her (BIB) numbers.


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