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December 22, 2010

Register for Run for the Dream by Jan. 1 and Save

Runners planning their race schedule for 2011 can save when registering by January 1 for the inaugural Run for the Dream Half Marathon at The race will be held in Williamsburg on Sunday, May 22, 2011. Registration is limited to 4,000 runners. The first 3,000 registrants will receive a free day pass to Busch Gardens to be used through May 23. General registration for the half marathon is $70 until Jan. 1, and will be $75 after that date. Active duty military may register for $35 any time. Wounded warriors can register for free.

Registration is also open for the “Fit to Run, Fit to Dream” 8K Run/Walk that takes place the same weekend on Saturday, May 21, 2011. The 8K will be the culmination of a training program in Williamsburg-James City County middle schools focusing on fitness and healthy lifestyles to fight childhood obesity. May 21st is Armed Forces Day, and the 8K will honor Wounded Warriors and our nation’s military personnel and veterans. General registration for the 8K is $35 until Jan. 1 and $40 after that date.

Both races start on the campus of the College of William & Mary, wind through Williamsburg’s Historic Area and finish at William & Mary’s Zable Stadium. The half marathon route will take runners on the scenic Colonial Parkway toward the James River before returning to the City of Williamsburg. A Race Expo will be held Friday and Saturday at Colonial Williamsburg’s Woodlands Conference Center, the Race Headquarters, located at 119 Visitor Center Dr. Colonial Williamsburg will serve as the official race hotels with special weekend rates at the Governor’s Inn ($79) and the Woodlands Hotel and Suites ($99). Race information and online registration is available on the official website

Proceeds from the Run for the Dream will benefit An Achievable Dream, a nationally recognized K-12 school dedicated to the belief that all children can learn and succeed regardless of their socioeconomic backgrounds, and that education can break the cycle of poverty. The race will also benefit the Wounded Warriors Programs, dedicated to assisting and advocating for the severely wounded, ill and injured members of the armed forces and for their families.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural institution dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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