98 Years and Still Running – Iconic ING Bay to Breakers 12K Kicks Off New Year With Countdown to Race Day

December 19, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec. 19 /PRNewswire/ — What has 65,000 heads, 130,000 legs
and will once again wind through the streets of San Francisco this spring?
The must-see event of the year: The 98th Annual ING Bay to Breakers 12K.
Early registration for the Sunday, May 17, 2009 race begins Jan. 1 — don’t
miss the opportunity to join world-class athletes, weekend runners and
enthusiasts of all ages for the celebration of the year.

“ING Bay to Breakers 12K is more than a race — it’s a phenomenon that
unites best-in-class athletes, spirited participants and jubilant spectators
in a truly public celebration,” said Angela Fang, general manager of the race.
“With our centennial anniversary on the horizon, we look forward to another
fantastic year for runners and the City of San Francisco.”

This Year’s Race, Last Year’s Prices

ING Bay to Breakers 12K is pleased to offer the same registration fee
structure as last year. Group rates are also available. Please visit
http://www.ingbaytobreakers.com for details.

— Early Registration (January 1 – April 30): The early registration fee
is $44 for adults and $39 for children under 18 years. Early registrants have
the option of picking up their packets at the ING Greater Body Expo (May 15 -
at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco) or having their race
packet mailed to them for an additional fee of $9.99.

— Standard Registration (May 1 – May 12): The standard registration fee
is $48 for adults and $44 for children. Standard registrants must pick up
their race packet at the ING Greater Body Expo. Online registration will be
available until May 12.

— Late Registration (May 15-16): Late registration is available at the
ING Greater Body Expo. The late registration fee is $55 for adults and $50 for
children. There is no registration or packet pick up on the day of the race.

New Race Additions, Improved Safety, Stricter Enforcement

Underscoring the race’s heritage, organizers will implement a series of
enhancements to ease congestion at the start line. By selecting their
projected finishing time, runners will be placed into one of five starting

Runners who wish to apply for a seeded position may still do so by
following the instructions on the Web site. The deadline for seeded
applications is April 15; space is limited and is awarded on a first-come,
first-served basis.

Organizers are working with neighborhood groups, community leaders and the
City of San Francisco to make changes to the race to support the safety of
participants and spectators and to promote respect of neighborhoods along the
course. No wheeled floats will be allowed on the race course and there will
be stricter enforcement of public drinking prohibitions.

To register for the race or to obtain race updates, visit

A Race for Good

ING Bay to Breakers 12K is proud to support numerous beneficiaries in the
Bay Area, including the ING Run for Something Better a national campaign that
funds free, school-based running programs and introduces kids to the benefits
of physical fitness and healthy lifestyle choices; Breathe California, which
works to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education,
advocacy and patient services; and other local organizations.

About ING Bay to Breakers 12K

Headed for its 98th year, the ING Bay to Breakers 12K is one of the
world’s largest and oldest footraces, held annually in San Francisco, Calif.
The name reflects the traditional course which takes tens of thousands of
participants from the northeast end of the downtown area near The Embarcadero
(the “bay” side of the city) to the west end of the city and the “breakers” of
Ocean Beach. The 7.46 mile (12 kilometer) race features world-class athletes
in addition to costumed runners and ‘fun-loving’ folks out for a great day of
running and walking through San Francisco. For more information, visit

About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking,
investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million
residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 50 countries.
With a diverse workforce of about 130,000 people, ING comprises a broad
spectrum of prominent companies that increasingly serve their clients under
the ING brand.

In the U.S., the ING family of companies offers a comprehensive array of
financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life
insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative
investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities,
employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier
rankings in key U.S. markets and serves over 14 million customers across the
nation. For more information, visit http://www.ing.com.

ING Bay to Breakers 12K 2009 Sponsors

ING Bay to Breakers 12K 2009 sponsors include title sponsor ING; Holme
& Owen LLP; Southwest Airlines; Reebok; Big 5; Hyatt Regency of San
; The Home Depot; Crystal Geyser; Barefoot Wines; The Examiner; KKSF
103.7; STAR 101.3; GenA.com; California Track & Running News; Lamar;
Active.com and AEG.

SOURCE ING Bay to Breakers 12K

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