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More than 6,500 register for 27th annual 2016 CVS Health Downtown 5k charity run

BY DSN STAFF

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than 6,500 people from around the world registered this past weekend for the 2016 CVS Health Downtown 5k – a charitable sporting event that has brought a mix of Olympians, elite and other competitive athletes to Providence, R.I. for the past 27 years. Host to the USA Men's and USA Women's 5k National Championships, the CVS Health Downtown 5k provided races and inspirational events for participants of all ages and raised funds for charities throughout Southern New England.
 
Approximately 4,000 people registered for the main 5k race, including five 2016 Olympic Game finalists. Nearly 1,600 children registered for the event’s youth races, which included 21 different races for children – pre-kindergarten through eighth grade – including a CVS Health “All Kids Can” Inspirational event for children of all abilities. The athletic activities offered through the CVS Health Downtown 5k included a 3k high school inspirational event that drew nearly 1,000 high school students from the region. CVS Health also awarded one randomly selected team a $500 grant for their school’s physical education program.
 
Ryan Hill of Portland, Ore. became the men’s overall and national 5k champion with a time of 13:57. Hill, who graduated from North Carolina State University, earned ten-All American honors throughout his college career and gained national attention in 2016 when he ran the third fastest 3,000m ever by an American at the Meeting de Paris IAAF Diamond League with a time of 7:30.
 
The women’s overall and national 5k champion was Aliphine Tuliamuk of Albuquerque, N.M. with a time of 15:22. Tuliamuk, who graduated from Wichita State University, seized five college records and earned nine All-American NCAA titles throughout her college career. Most recently, Tuliamuk took eighth in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 10,000m run.
 
Hill and Tuliamuk each won $7,000 in prize money for the USA Track & Field Championship.
 
Other top three 5k men's runners include 2016 Rio Olympian Shradrack Kipchirchir, who placed second with a time of 13:58, and Sam Chelanga who placed third with a time of 13:58. Kipchirchir participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games as a member of the Army’s World Class Athlete Program based in Fort Carson, Colo. Kipchirchir joined the Army as a financial management technician after graduating from Oklahoma State University in 2014. Chelanga is a four-time NCAA champion and returned to the CVS Health Downtown 5k after taking fourth in 2015 and second in 2011. He is a graduate of Liberty University and lives and trains in Tuscon, Ariz.
 
Other top three 5k women's runners include Providence resident Emily Sisson, who placed second with a time of 15:42, and Jordan Hasay, who placed third with a time of 15:48. Sisson earned the NCAA Champion titles in the 5,000m indoor and outdoor runs during her final year at Providence College and placed third in the 2015 CVS Health Downtown 5k.

 

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Report: Holiday shopping, driven by digital, to get early start

BY Deena M. Amato-McCoy
CHICAGO — Gone are the days when Black Friday signified the official launch of the holiday shopping season. 
 
In fact, nearly half (49%) of shoppers will have a bulk of their holiday shopping done by Thanksgiving Day, according to a new survey from market intelligence solutions provider Market Track. And digital deals will be the catalyst.
 
The nationwide survey of 1,000 consumers said that 27% of respondents plan to do the bulk of their holiday shopping before the calendar hits November — a stat that is up 8% from 2015. 
 
“Beating other retailers to the punch by taking demand out of the market early is nothing new,” explains Traci Gregorski, senior VP of marketing at Market Track. “Look for early digital sales to kick off the season in earnest with compelling deals in October to entice consumers to shop early.”
 
Among those determined to enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner before kicking off their holiday shopping frenzy, 52% intend to shop online on Black Friday, and 61% said they will wait until Cyber Monday to shop for the holidays. Respondents also cited overwhelmingly that e-retail giant Amazon will be their top online shopping destination and where they plan to allocate a majority of their online budget for the holidays this year, the report said.
 
The impact of these digital shopping plans extends far beyond the transaction data. Digital interactions will influence 66% of shoppers on their in-store purchases, and 73% of shoppers plan to research prices online ahead of shopping in-store this season, according to the survey.
 
Mobile will also play a role in this research, as devices enable consumers to interact with brands from the planning stages, while making purchase decisions, and post-purchase. Whether it is through price or stock status research, SMS offers or app-specific sales and alerts, or mobile commerce, mobility will play a significant role in influencing decisions throughout the purchase journey, the report summarized.

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Ahold USA’s retail divisions mark bag reduction milestone

BY David Salazar
CARLISLE, Pa. — Ahold USA announced Monday that its retail divisions — Stop & Shop, Giant Food of Landover, Giant Food Stores of Carlisle, Martins and Peapod — have met the retailer’s goal of eliminating 1 billion grocery bags from the environment. 
 
The reduction in plastic bag use was accomplished through a combination of retail divisions encouraging customers to bring in reusable bags while implementing better bagging efforts aimed at reducing the number of plastic and paper bags used by making sure they’re filled properly and that unnecessary bags aren’t used. 
 
“Our retail divisions each set a goal to achieve zero waste by 2020 through diverting 90% or more of their total waste from landfills,” Ahold USA SVP responsible retailing and healthy living Marissa Nelson said. “The billion bag reduction is an important component of our businesses’ overall sustainable retailing efforts and their work to help customers save money, save time and eat well. With associates and customers using fewer grocery bags, fewer will end up in our landfills or littering our communities.”
 
Besides its bag reduction efforts, Ahold USA also works on such sustainable retailing efforts as food waste and energy reduction, donating bakery items and dry goods, as well as meat products through the Meat the Needs program, to regional food banks. It also has invested in Stop & Shop’s Green Energy Facility, solar panels, energy efficient refrigerators and expanded cardboard recycling programs across its divisions. 
 

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