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Hyundai Hope on Wheels Announced As Charity Partner for the 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon 5k for Childhood Cancer Research

CHICAGO – July 31, 2012 – Hyundai Hope On Wheels®, a non-profit focused on raising awareness and funds to support childhood cancer research, has joined as the charity partner of the 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon 5Kwhich will take place on Sunday, September 9, 2012. Runners on The Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K team will raise funds for the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital). Participants who register for the 5K at will be contributing directly to the fight against pediatric cancer, the leading cause of death by disease for children in the U.S.

“Hyundai Hope on Wheels has been committed to raising awareness and funds for pediatric cancer research for more than a decade,” said John Krafcik, CEO and president of Hyundai Motor America. “We are thrilled about our partnership with the 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon 5K and the opportunity to unite the local community around the deserving cause of pediatric cancer research.”

Registrants on the site will also receive a Team Hope race t-shirt, custom finisher’s medal, access to the Hyundai Hope On Wheels VIP tent on race day and access to the post-race party in Jackson Park. All participants who pledge to raise additional funds will be eligible for six levels of great prizes, which include exclusive Team Hope apparel, and running gear and accessories from Brooks and Sportline. One grand prize winner will receive a trip to New York City to attend the 2013 Hyundai Hope on Wheels kick-off event.

“We are extremely honored to join Hyundai in the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Greg Laird, CEO, founder and managing partner of US Road Sports & Entertainment Group. “This partnership between Hyundai Hope on Wheels and the 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon is an incredible opportunity for people to come together for a world-class event, have a great time and make a difference while doing so.”

The 16th Annual Chicago Half Marathon & Hyundai Hope On Wheels 5K gives thousands of runners the opportunity to enjoy a beautiful half-marathon course along Lake Shore Drive that offers stunning views of the iconic Chicago skyline. Starting and ending just south of the Museum of Science and Industry, the Chicago Half Marathon showcases a number of notable Chicago landmarks, including the pristine Jackson Park Golf Course and the historic Midway Plaisance. For more information, visit

To support Hyundai Hope on Wheels, register or pledge funds for the 5K, please visit


Joe Foster
Hyundai Motor America
Cell: (323) 572-5361

Joe Foster
Finn Partners
Cell: (323) 572-5361

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