RadioShack Partners With the American Lung Association on the Big Ride Across America
FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- RadioShack, America's largest consumer-electronics retailer has signed on to support the American Lung Association's premier cross-country cycling event. The event, now known as the RadioShack Big Ride Across Amer
RadioShack Big Ride Across America departs from Seattle on June 19th and makes its way across the Rockies, the Great Plains, the Mid-West, and the Alleghenies and ends up in Washington, DC on August 5th. Riders are expected to range in age from 18 to 70 and come from all walks of life.
``RadioShack is pleased to be the primary sponsor of this exciting event,'' said Jim McDonald, RadioShack senior vice president of marketing and advertising. ``The RadioShack Big Ride Across America is sure to focus the nation's attention on the good work done by the American Lung Association to fight lung disease. We hope it will also underline our extensive line of vital communications products.''
The funds raised will be used to support the programs of the riders' local Lung Associations. Asthma education in schools, camps for children with asthma, smoking prevention activities for teenagers, indoor and outdoor air quality programs, and critical lung disease research are just some of the programs that will be supported by The Big Ride.
RadioShack will provide monetary support as well as communications gear to help ensure the safety of riders and volunteers. The Big Ride crew, mostly volunteers, will use amateur radio to communicate from camp to camp and vehicle to vehicle to support the riders as they move an average of 80 miles a day. The ``mobile city'' of gear trucks, support vehicles, tents, catering wagons, showers and crew, spread out over many acres, will use RadioShack short-range two-way personal family radios to communicate.
For more information about the Big Ride, call 877-BIG RIDE, e-mail email@example.com or visit the awarding winning website at www.bigride.com.
The American Lung Association has been fighting lung disease for more than 90 years. With the generous support of the public and the help of volunteers, they have seen many advances against lung disease. However, the work is not finished. As they look forward to their second century, the Lung Association will continue to strive to make breathing easier for everyone through programs of education, community service, advocacy, and research. The American Lung Association's activities are supported by donations to Christmas Seals and other voluntary contributions. You may obtain additional information via their America Online site, keyword: ALA, or web site at http://www.lungusa.org. The American Lung Association does not endorse products.
RadioShack, the retail operating format of Tandy Corporation (NYSE: TAN - news), is the nation's largest and most trusted consumer-electronics retailer, and offers both on- and off-line shopping capabilities. With more than 7,000 stores and dealers, RadioShack sells more wireless telephones, telecommunications products and electronic parts and accessories than any other retailer. It is estimated that 94 percent of all Americans live or work within five minutes of a RadioShack store or dealer. For more information, visit Tandy Corporation/RadioShack web sites at http://www.tandy.com and http://www.radioshack.com.