NEARLY 10,500 PARTICPANTS RAISE $1.5 MILLION FOR JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH
SEATTLE, WA (May 15, 2016) –This morning, nearly 10,500 participants gathered at Husky Stadium to participate in the 34th Annual Nordstrom Beat the Bridge athletic race and fundraiser. The event, hosted by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) and Nordstrom, raised more than $1.5 million that will support diabetes research.
“Beat the Bridge has grown into the largest fundraiser for our JDRF chapter, and the largest event of its kind for JDRF nationally,” said Teri Yoder, Development director for the JDRF Northwest Chapter. “Our ultimate goal is to live in a world without Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The funds our community helped us raise today will help us make that possible through research into the treatment and prevention of the disease.”
The Nordstrom Beat the Bridge event consists of a competitive 8K run and wheelchair race to beat the University Bridge in Seattle, as well as non-competitive 3-mile family walk, 1-mile fun run, and Diaper Derby for toddlers. Local food trucks were stationed outside Husky Stadium and the top finishers were handed their awards by special guests Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks.
Nordstrom Beat the Bridge has raised more than $19.5 million since its inception in 1983. The event was started by a group of Nordstrom employees who wanted to support a coworker whose young son had been diagnosed with T1D. This year, more than 1,000 Nordstrom employees ran, walked and volunteered to help find a cure, and raised more than $321,000 for JDRF.
For more information, please visit our online media kit or www.beatthebridge.org.
2016 NORDSTROM BEAT THE BRIDGE 8K RACE WINNERS
MEN: 1st Place: Joseph Gray 23:43
2nd Place: Gregory Leak 24:07
3rd Place: Drew Polley 24:28
4th Place: Michael Chinchar 24:39
5th Place: Francis Reynolds 25:08
WOMEN: 1st Place: Jamie Cheever 27:19
2nd Place: Emma Polley 27:46
3rd Place: Sarah MacKay Robinson 28:16
4th Place: Sarah West 28:30
5th Place: Janet McDevitt 28:40
MEDIA CONTACT: Emily Sterken
JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF's goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people's lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring 45 clinical trials in 17 countries.
The Northwest chapter serves people in Washington through advocacy efforts, online support and resources, educational events and mentoring, research updates, fundraisers, and Northwest diabetes resources. For more information, please call (206) 838-5153 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 329 stores in 39 states, including 121 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 200 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and one clearance store. Additionally, customers are served online through Nordstrom.com, Nordstromrack.com and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at TrunkClub.com and its five clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.'s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.