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UCF Races and the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults are proud to announce a partnership with Whole Foods Market Columbia for the 2015 Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Family 5K. With a focus on providing the community with natural and organic products and ways to lead a healthy lifestyle, Whole Foods Market Columbia will now serve as the presenting sponsor for the 13.1 mile women’s race and 5K family race to be held on September 12, 2015.

Known as one of the best women’s events in the Mid-Atlantic, the Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Family 5K, enhances the participant race experience even more with this partnership with Whole Foods Market Columbia, offering participants complimentary and discounted food items, nutrition tips and access to other all natural products on race day and in the months leading up to the event.

The Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Family 5K will start and finish at the Columbia Town Center, home to the 45,000 square foot Whole Foods Market which opened in late 2014. While on the 13.1 mile course route, participants will pass the store location twice and all participants and spectators will have the opportunity to take part in a post-race celebration at the square adjacent to the store.

“Whole Foods Market Columbia has been a partner of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults since it opened last year. In addition to being located on the race course, this partnership makes sense to us as we focus on the health and wellness of our community,” said Brian Satola, UCF Races Race Director. “We’re thrilled to have Whole Foods Market Columbia as the presenting sponsor, their presence and participation will not only enhance our event, but also strengthen our community in Howard County.”

“We are excited to continue this partnership and support the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults,” said Svetlana Bautista, Store Team Leader. “Supporting our community is one of Whole Foods Market’s core values, and this is a great opportunity for us at Whole Foods Market Columbia to serve our neighbors and cheer for our community as they cross the finish line.”

Registration for the 2015 Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon & Family 5K presented by Whole Foods Market Columbia is open online at www.ulmanfund.org/ucfraces through August 21, 2015. All proceeds from the race benefit the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults.

About the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults & UCF Races

The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (ulmanfund.org) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that changes lives by creating a community of support for young adults and their loved ones impacted by cancer. Founded in 1997, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults works at both the local and national level to ensure that all young adults impacted by cancer have a voice and the necessary resources to thrive.

UCF Races was established in 2010 to further the mission of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults. UCF Races produces first class endurance events that enrich the community, celebrate the achievements of every participant and ultimately spread awareness of the young adult cancer fight.

About Whole Foods Market® 

Founded in 1980 in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market (wholefoodsmarket.com, NASDAQ: WFM), is the leading natural and organic food retailer. As America’s first national certified organic grocer, Whole Foods Market was named “America’s Healthiest Grocery Store” byHealth magazine. The company’s motto, “Whole Foods, Whole People, Whole Planet”™ captures its mission to ensure customer satisfaction and health, Team Member excellence and happiness, enhanced shareholder value, community support and environmental improvement. Thanks to the company’s more than 78,000 Team Members, Whole Foods Market has been ranked as one of the “100 Best Companies to Work For” in America by FORTUNE magazine for 15 consecutive years. In fiscal year 2013, the company had sales of $12.9 billion and currently has more than 360 stores in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.