Registration for the 2009 Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Virtual Race to open on July 22nd, 2009
October 12, 2009. San Jose, California – Organizers of the 2009 Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Marathon® (DKSVM) announced today that the upcoming October event is set to include the first-ever Virtual Race Expo™. The Virtual Race Expo™ is powered by Expos2™ and will provide a centralized online setting for expo vendors and consumers from all corners of the globe to connect with one another. Race director J.T. Service summed up the excitement, saying “we are very proud to produce the world’s first Virtual Race Expo™, allowing us to open the doors of our expo to people from all over the world.”
The Virtual Race Expo™ will be hosted at www.virtualraceexpo.com between October 19 through the 24th leading up to DKSVM, empowering visitors from anywhere to attend at their convenience. Once inside, attendees will be able to interact with virtual vendors and view live demonstrations, gain access to expo-only merchandise specials, and view traditional expo presentations from speakers such as, Dean Karnazes. This also allows sponsors to extend and maximize their race presence, while providing a direct portal to websites and online stores.
Commenting on the innovative idea between the DKSVM and Expos2™ that led to the partnership, Service said, “Expos2 has a wealth of experience in producing virtual consumer expos, shopping malls, seminars, and job fairs. Through this partnership, we are able to bring the technology that they have spent years perfecting to the world of sports.” Expos2™ Founder and CEO Steve Strickland was similarly delighted, adding, “The 2009 DKSVM will be the first endurance event to take full advantage of the virtual technology that is currently available. We see this event as the first of a new breed of sporting events that will use virtual expos to reach more people than ever before.”
Registration for Virtual Race Now Open. In addition to the Virtual Race Expo™, DKSVM is also hosting a Virtual Run as part of the 2009 event. Registration for the Dean Karnazes Silicon Valley Virtual Race powered by Map My Run™ opens on Wednesday, July 22, and allows people from anywhere in the world to sign up to run the marathon, the half marathon presented by Map My Run™, or 5k. Endurance icon Dean Karnazes urged people everywhere to participate, saying “this is the perfect opportunity for anyone who has ever thought about running a marathon, half marathon, or 5k to do so. Since you don’t have to travel anywhere to take part in both the race and the Virtual Race Expo™, it’s now easier than ever be a part of this innovative event.” Those interested in registering for the DKSVM “Live” or Virtual Race powered by Map My Run™ can visit http://www.mapmyrun.com/virtual_event/silicon_valley/.