MORRIS & GARRITANO SPONSORS TEAM INITIATIVE OF SAN LUIS OBISPO MARATHON, HALF MARATHON + 5K

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San Luis Obispo Insurance Agency brings large team to race as part of their Commit to Be Fit! Wellness Program

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA – Morris & Garritano, San Luis Obispo’s premiere, full-service insurance agency since 1885 has signed on to sponsor the Team Initiative for the San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K presented by LeftLaneSports.com. A trusted and well-respected community business, Morris & Garritano fielded more than 100 employees, friends and family members on their team at the SLO Marathon over the past two years. In addition to their wellness success as an agency, their COO, Kerry Morris has qualified for the Boston Marathon in both 2012 and 2013.

"It’s great to partner with Morris & Garritano on our teams initiative," says Heather Hellman, SLO Marathon Event Director. "If you look at a company that personifies the history and what’s unique about San Luis Obispo, it’s Morris & Garritano. They have been serving businesses and individuals in the community for nearly 130 years. They’re leaders and that’s admirable. They support a healthy lifestyle through their own wellness program and can help local companies do the same. They are the perfect partners to help us build corporate and club teams for the marathon.”

The Team Initiative is a rebate program that incentivizes companies and individuals to form a team to participate in the marathon, half marathon or 5K race. With a team of 15 or more people, marathon and half marathon participants get $15 off their registration and a free tech training shirt. 5K participants can be on the team and they receive the free shirt. Teams can use their rebate money to throw a party, give back to their teammates or donate it to charity. Many teams participate to build employee camaraderie, start a wellness program or just for the fun of doing something together.

“We strive to provide a work environment that supports a healthy, work life balance,” says Kerry Morris, chief operating officer. “The SLO marathon has been a great event to incorporate into our wellness program. It is a fun, team-building activity that brings our staff together as well as promoting a healthy, active lifestyle.”

About Morris & Garritano

An unwavering commitment to customer service has sustained Morris & Garritano since their first days as “Lands, Loans, Rents and Insurance.” In 1885, Archibald McAlister started what is now known as Morris & Garritano, a company whole-heartedly committed to serving others –Mr. McAlister was the mayor of San Luis Obispo and served on the committee to “bond and secure options from which a site could be selected” for the proposed Polytechnic Institute, now Cal Poly. Fast-forward more than a century later, where one simple but meaningful principle defines them: Trust is earned. Whether it is a promise made to their valued customers or their dedication to the Central Coast, Morris & Garritano shows care and commitment to service in their community.

About the 2014 San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K + Children’s Run

The San Luis Obispo Marathon, Half Marathon + 5K takes runners through the town’s charming downtown corridor past the old Fremont Theatre, by Mission San Luis Obispo and through neighborhoods with historic Victorian and Craftsman bungalows, out into the rolling hills of the renowned Edna Valley vineyards and farm land, then back into the city center, past Railroad Square and onto the iconic Madonna Inn property for a spectacular downhill, panoramic finish in the shadow of Cerro San Luis. The marathon and half takes place on Sunday, April 27.

The 5K race and Children’s Fun Run is held on the Madonna Inn property. The 5K features a two-loop course and a spectacular downhill finish. The Children’s Run is a fun, easy flat course, great for all ages. The 5K and Children’s Fun Run takes place on Saturday, April 26.

Registration is open. To register, view course maps, volunteer or for additional SLO Marathon information, please visit www.slomarathon.com.

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