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WGA’s Inaugural 5K Fun Run/Walk Presented By Kellogg Company

Sep 13, 2012

Highlights Healthy Activity and Supports the Next Generation of Independent Grocers

ARLINGTON, VA - The Women Grocers of America (WGA) announced the first ever "WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk Presented by the Kellogg Company” to be held on February 11, 2013, onsite at the Mirage Resort in Las Vegas, NV, during the 2013 NGA Show, February 10-13, 2013. 

The inaugural 5K will help raise much needed funds to support WGA’s work to recruit and retain the next generation of successful individuals in the independent grocery and food industry with an emphasis on young women. Funds raised will be used towards supporting educational and professional opportunities for individuals through WGA’s Mary Macey Scholarship. 

 “The independent grocery community has truly embraced the commitment to developing the next generation of talent for our industry,” said Denise Beckman, President of WGA.  “We are delighted to introduce a healthy activity in support of our mission and are deeply appreciative to the Kellogg Company for their support.”

“As a company committed to good health and nutrition, Kellogg is honored to sponsor the WGA Inaugural 5K Fun Run/Walk,” said Dave Jones, Vice President, Industry Initiatives at Kellogg Company. “By sponsoring the event, we’re helping support WGA efforts to usher in the next generation of talent into the independent grocery industry.” 

"NGA is proud of its relationship with WGA and is excited to host the WGA 5K Fun Run/Walk Presented by Kellogg Company at the NGA Show.  We are all committed to the health of the grocery industry by ensuring a constant stream of talented young people who want to make a career in this fascinating and ever-changing business, particularly in the independent retail and wholesale sector," said Peter Larkin, NGA President and CEO. “I would also add my thanks to the Kellogg Company for their leadership in this area.” 

The WGA’s 5K (3.1 miles) is a non-competitive, friendly fun run/walk event. Runners and walkers of all levels are welcome and will receive a race day t-shirt and goodie bag with all finishers receiving an award. Each attendee at the NGA Show can take part in the event by either signing up to run the course itself for $25 per runner, by sponsoring other runners, by making a donation, or as a race volunteer to help organize the event. Corporate sponsorship, partnership and in-kind donation opportunities are available for the 5K event. 

More details about the event and registration will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. You can visit NGA’s website or the NGA Show website  for more information. 


About WGA:  The Women’s Grocers of America provides women in the grocery and food industries the chance to promote educational and professional opportunities for individuals through its Mary Macey Scholarship program. The WGA also recognizes outstanding women in the grocery industry with its prestigious Woman of the Year award which is presented each year at The NGA Show.  WGA membership is comprised of women affiliated with retail, wholesale, manufacturing/service supplier companies or state/local associations that maintain membership in the National Grocers Association.

About NGA: The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. Most independent operators are serviced by wholesale distributors, while others may be partially or fully self-distributing. Some are publicly traded but with controlling shares held by the family and others are employee owned. Independents are the entrepreneurs of the grocery industry and dedicated to their customers, associates, and communities. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA and the independent sector of the industry, see the NGA website: 

About Kellogg Company: Driven to enrich and delight the world through foods and brands that matter, Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world's leading producer of cereal, second largest producer of cookies and crackers and - through the May 2012 acquisition of the iconic Pringles® business - the world's second largest savory snacks company. In addition, Kellogg is a leading producer of frozen foods. Every day, our well-loved brands - produced in 18 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries - nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2011 sales of more than $13 billion, these brands include Cheez-It®, Coco Pops®, Corn Flakes®, Eggo®, Frosted Flakes®, Kashi®, Keebler®, Kellogg's®, Mini-Wheats®, Pop-Tarts®, Pringles®, Rice Krispies®, Special K®, and many more. To learn more about Kellogg Company, including our corporate responsibility initiatives and rich heritage, please visit 

 About The NGA Show: Held February 10-13, 2013 at the Mirage Resort, Las Vegas, NV, The N.G.A. Show is the place “Where Independents Gather!” From world renowned Keynote and General Session speakers to top-rated entertainment and the jam packed EXPO Floor, the N.G.A. Show is one of the premier events of the grocery industry. Attendees include grocery industry executives, independent retailers and wholesalers, food manufacturers and service providers from around the world who share fresh ideas and innovative thinking that helps to strengthen the grocery industry and build profits.  See more at 

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