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Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) Brings Together Tech Community for 3rd Annual Techie 5K/10K Run/Walk

08-15-2011 08:24 AM CET | Business, Economy, Finances, Banking & Insurance

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Atlanta, GA (August 15, 2011) – The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG), the state’s leading association dedicated to the promotion and economic advancement of Georgia’s technology industry, is hosting their annual Techie 5K/10K Run/Walk benefitting the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG-Ed) on Saturday, October 1, 2011 beginning at 8:00 a.m. The run/walk will be held at 130 Technology Parkway in Norcross, Georgia.

The Techie 5K/10K Run/Walk was created to support healthy competition and networking among Georgia’s technology community. This is the first year that the 5K race is being added to the established 10K, and both races are USATF certified for Peachtree Road Race seeding.

Companies are encouraged to sponsor corporate teams as a way to build camaraderie among employees and encourage healthy and fit lifestyles. Sponsorships range from $500 to $5,000 and all corporate teams have an opportunity to compete for the coveted “Corporate Team Cup”. Past cup winners include: BLiNQ Media (2009) and AutoTrader.com (2010).

“This is a unique opportunity for Georgia’s technology companies to become more directly involved with their community and each other. It’s about strengthening the camaraderie within our own businesses as well as within Georgia’s technology sector,” said Tino Mantella, President and CEO of TAG.

A portion of the proceeds from the run/walk will benefit the TAG-Ed’s mission to strengthen Georgia’s future workforce by helping science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. Last year, there were close to 300 participants with 25 corporate teams and individuals competing.

In addition to the Corporate Cup challenge individual participants have the chance to compete for awards and prizes including the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male and female finisher award, fastest C-level runner award and a prize for all who beat the TAG CEO. In addition, this year all participants will be entered to win a Blackberry Playbook.

Regarding the “Who Can Beat the TAG CEO?” challenge, Mantella remarked: “I look forward to competing this year. I am training hard and am interested to see who will beat me and win a prize. My motto is…catch me if you can!”

For more information regarding the event and registration, please visit http://www.tagonline.org/techie10k.php or contact Era Williams at era@tagonline.org or 404.920.2011. Register online or onsite the day of the event.

About TAG Education Collaborative
TAG Education Collaborative initiatives include a student internship program, the WebChallenge competition for high school students, and the Vine Event, a fundraiser launched in 2009 which has raised more than $80,000 to support STEM education. The TAG Education Collaborative provides middle school and high school programs designed to provide these students with hands-on activities that enable them to gain an appreciation for the opportunities available in STEM careers. For additional information, visit TAG Education Collaborative or contact Michael Robertson at (404) 920 – 2038 or mrobertson@tagonline.org

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About The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG)
The Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) is the leading technology industry association in the state, serving more than 13,000 members and hosting over 170 events each year. TAG serves as an umbrella organization for 30 industry societies, each of which provides rich content for TAG constituents. TAG’s mission is to educate, promote, and unite Georgia’s technology community to foster an innovative and connected marketplace that stimulates and enhances a tech-based economy. The association provides members with access to networking and educational programs; recognizes and promotes Georgia’s technology leaders and companies; and advocates for legislative action that enhances the state’s economic climate for technology. Additionally, the TAG Education Collaborative (TAG’s charitable arm) focuses on helping science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education initiatives thrive. For more information visit the TAG website at www.tagonline.org or TAG’s community website at www.TAGthink.com. To learn about the TAG-Ed Collaborative visit http://www.tagedonline.org/.

Media Contact:
Technology Association of Georgia
75 Fifth Street NW Suite 730, Atlanta, GA 30308
Becky Biggs
Director, Public Relations & Georgia’s Technology Evangelist
404-920-2008
becky@tagonline.org

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