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Sir Richard Branson & Mary Wittenberg Announce New Virgin Sport San Francisco Partnerships

VirginSFToday, Virgin Group Founder Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Sport Global CEO Mary Wittenberg announced new partnerships for their upcoming red-hot Festival of Fitness, Virgin Sport San Francisco. Wearable technology company Motiv, hydration product nuun, fitness membership platform ClassPass, and leader in meditation and mindfulness Headspace, will join in on the fun, as Virgin Sport races to the Bay Area this October 14-15, 2017.

Fans can register for Virgin Sport SF at Virginsport.com/event/san-francisco-2017.

Motiv, a fitness-tracking ring, is the Official Wearable Technology Partner for Virgin Sport San Francisco. The device subtly and stylishly monitors users’ activity, heart rate and sleep and inspires users to live an active and healthy lifestyle. Motiv will host a Recharge booth at the Go Fit Yourself Fitness Village, providing Festival participants the opportunity to recharge both their phones and their bodies, with phone charging stations and foam-rolling classes. Motiv will also be hosting celebrity personal trainer Erica Stenz of Barry’s Bootcamp to lead a free class on the Go Fit Yourself stage.

nuun, an electrolyte enhanced drink tablet, will quench the thirst of Festival participants as The Official Electrolyte Partner of the SF Bay Half Marathon and Twin Peaks Mile. Refreshing thousands of attendees, nuun will hand out complimentary, reusable water bottles to SF Bay Half Marathon participants, and activate nuun Hydration Stations in the Go Fit Yourself Fitness Village as well as on the starting and finishing lines of the Twin Peaks Mile hill climb.

ClassPass, a fitness membership platform that grants users access to diverse offering of studios and gyms, will present the ClassPass Stage in the Fitness Village on Sunday, October 15th. Five of their local studios and instructors will lead forty-five minute long exercise sessions including yoga, mat pilates, strength and abs, barre and dance.

Headspace offers hundreds of guided meditations designed to help with everything from sleep to sports training. Headspace will be bringing a meditation experience to the festival with co-founder Andy Puddicombe leading a short, two-minute meditation for runners at the SF Bay Half Marathon starting line, marking the world’s first pre-race group meditation.

Motiv, nuun, ClassPass and Headspace will join Virgin Sport’s Give Back partner Playworks and their Official Performance Apparel and Footwear Partner, ASICS, to create an experience that celebrates the sweat of sport with the swagger of Virgin.

Mary Wittenberg, Global CEO of Virgin Sport stated:

“We are so excited to be teaming up with ASICS, Playworks, Motiv, Nuun, ClassPass and Headspace – incredible groups who share our mission to encourage millions of people to live healthy lifestyles. We’re thrilled for them to join us for our first-ever Festival of Fitness in the US. Together, we can make challenge fun.”

Registration fees start at $99 for the Virgin Sport SF Bay Half marathon, and participants will be invited to make a donation for Virgin Sport’s local Give Back partner, Playworks, who are increasing physical activity by leveraging the power of safe, fun, and healthy play at school every day.

San Francisco will be Virgin Sport’s first US-based, weekend-long Festival of Fitness, and will begin on Saturday, October 14th with the Twin Peaks Mile, a new, one-mile run up the peak, with themed waves for costumes, teamwork, speed and bootcamp. The weekend will culminate on Sunday, October 15th with the Virgin Sport SF Bay Half Marathon, starting and finishing at City Hall. On Sunday, participants can workout at the Go Fit Yourself fitness village, which will offer diverse workout challenges for participants of all levels, led by top local instructors. Completing the Festival of Fitness atmosphere will be healthy local food, live music, art installations and more. Activations will be both free and paid, with something for everyone including athletes, family and friends.

Virgin Sport San Francisco is one of Virgin Sport’s four events launching in 2017, with three additional events in the greater London area.

About Jerry Milani

Jerry Milani is a freelance writer and public relations executive living in Bloomfield, N.J. He has worked in P.R. for more than 25 years in college and conference sports media relations, two agencies and for the International Fight League, a team-based mixed martial arts league, and now is the PR manager for Wizard World, which runs pop culture and celebrity conventions across North America. Milani is also the play-by-play announcer for Caldwell University football and basketball broadcasts. He is a proud graduate of Fordham University and when not attending a Yankees, Rams or Cougars game can be reached at Jerry (at) JerryMilani (dot) com.

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