As part of the agreement, Hawaiian Airlines will offer round-trip airfare to Hawaii for each member of the winning relay teams (male, female & coed) along with a pair of round-trip tickets for both the male and female marathon winners.
"We are proud to continue our support of the Oakland Running Festival and help promote an active lifestyle and goodwill in the community," said Avi Mannis, Hawaiian Airlines vice president - marketing. "In addition to offering the winners our industry-leading hospitality when they fly to Hawaii, our commitment to the Bay Area continues to grow as we prepare to expand our service this summer."
"Hawaiian Airlines' support has created amazing excitement for our team relay," stated CSE president Lee Corrigan. "The unique team concept for the relay allows runners to enjoy camaraderie with the potential of continuing the celebration in a warm, tropical place. We're expecting a lot of personal bests when it comes to race day!"
Hawaiian Airlines is a favorite carrier of East Bay travelers flying to Hawaii, providing daily nonstop flights from Oakland to both Honolulu and Maui. Earlier this year, Hawaiian Airlines began offering daily service between Oakland and Honolulu, increasing its flights from four times a week. Beginning this summer, the airline will start new seasonal service between Oakland and Lihue, Kauai and Oakland and Kona, Hawaii Island four times a week from June 14 to August 15, 2014. In addition, Hawaii's flag carrier is the Oakland Raiders official charter airline, having flown the team to its away games nationwide for the past 12 seasons.
Like all of Hawaiian's customers, the Festival's trip winners will enjoy the authenticity of Hawaiian's distinctive "Hawaii Flies With Us" inflight hospitality showcasing the people, culture and natural beauty of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaiian is the only carrier serving Hawaii offering complimentary meals in Main Cabin, and also the only carrier providing the comfort and roominess of widebody, twin-aisle aircraft for all of its flights.
In its first four years, the event has generated an estimated $12 million in economic impact for the city of Oakland and close to $1 million for local charities. Competitor magazine's readers voted the 2013 Oakland marathon as the best marathon in the Pacific West region.
About Hawaiian Airlines
Hawaiian® has led all U.S. carriers in on-time performance for each of the past 10 years (2004-2013) as reported by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Consumer surveys by Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure and Zagat have all ranked Hawaiian the highest of all domestic airlines serving Hawai'i.
Now in its 85th year of continuous service, Hawaiian is Hawai'i's biggest and longest-serving airline, as well as the largest provider of passenger air service from its primary visitor markets on the U.S. mainland. Hawaiian offers nonstop service to Hawai'i from more U.S. gateway cities (11) than any other airline, along with service from Japan, South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, American Samoa and Tahiti. New nonstop service will begin between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, subject to government approval. Hawaiian also provides approximately 160 jet flights daily between the Hawaiian Islands.
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ABOUT CORRIGAN SPORTS ENTERPRISES
The Oakland Running Festival is produced by Corrigan Sports Enterprises, a leader in sports promotions in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. region. Founded in 1991, CSE owns and/or operates the following events: Under Armour Baltimore Running Festival, the Oakland Marathon, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield Frederick Running Festival, Under Armour All-America Lacrosse Classic, , the Baltimore 10-Miler and the Baltimore Bike Jam. For more information visit: www.corrigansports.com