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SEATTLE - (July 14, 2009) — Athletes of all ages from throughout the Pacific Northwest will swim, cycle and run their way to fitness in the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair Sunday, July 19 at Seward Park. Event donations will support autoimmune disease research of Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis at Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason.

A participant expo will be held at Benaroya Research Institute at 9th Avenue and Seneca Street in downtown Seattle Saturday, July 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. No race-day registration is available. With a suggested donation, participants may select one of three colored "Racing in Honor of" wristbands.

This year, event organizers expect nearly 2,000 participants and more than 350 children in the five events, including the Sprint Triathlon, two-person and three-person relays and Splasher and Dasher events for children. Participants in the Sprint Triathlon start with a half-mile swim followed by a 12-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Kids age 12 and younger may participate in the Splashers or Dashers events. Splashers swim 50 yards, bike one mile and run .2 miles, and dashers swim 100 yards, bike one mile and run .4 miles.

All athletes that complete the Benaroya Research Institute Triathlon at Seafair will receive an official finisher's medal. An awards ceremony will follow. Awards will be given to the top three men and women overall, top three athletes in each age group and top two teams in each category. Prize money will also be awarded to the top three men and women overall.

About Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason (BRI), founded in 1956, is an international leader in immune system and autoimmune disease research, translating discoveries to real-life applications. Autoimmune disease happens when the immune system, designed to protect the body, attacks it instead. BRI is one of the few research institutes in the world discovering causes and cures to eliminate autoimmune diseases such as Type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and many others. Visit BenaroyaResearch.org for more information about BRI, clinical studies and the more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases.

For BRI Media Inquiries, Contact:
Alisha Mark, (206) 341-1509

For Seafair Event Information, Contact:
Dan Wartelle, (206) 795-0965

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