Wednesday, January 8, 2014

StartLine Racing Partners with Black Dog Promotions to Kick Off 2014 Race Season

Make Fitness Part of Your Routine in 2014 With StartLine Racing’s Series Races

Tempe, AZ, January 08, 2014 — StartLine Racing, a local race company is teaming up with Black Dog Promotions for the 2014 race season. The StartLine Race calendar is now available with Going the Distance Series -Half Marathon & 5K at Reach 11 Sports Complex - Phoenix on March 29, 2014 as the first stop of the race season. The Going the Distance series kicks off an exciting season of over 20 races lined up for the next year.

StartLine Racing is excited about our new partnership with Black Dog Promotions,” said StartLine Racing CEO, Jeff Crane. “The ability to take our events to the next level and offer an even higher quality race day experience is what drives our company.“

“We are thrilled to be partnering with StartLine. Their fantastic race experiences and leading edge timing technology create great opportunities for athletes of all levels. We are looking forward to the 2014 race season. ” said Black Dog Promotions CEO, Scott Kelly.

StartLine Racing stands out from other race companies with an amazing race day experience for the individual at each and every race. StartLine Racing, uses the best technology for scoring, ensuring that one mile is actually one mile, and Jaguar Timing system with instant results for participants, giving them instant gratification about their performance on race day.

“2014 is shaping up to be very exciting,” Crane said. “We are working with some amazing race partners to put on some awesome events, with over 20 events this year, including the return of the Run FORE Cancer on September 21st and the Miles FORE Kids on November 15th. We will be hosting our first triathlon and first half marathon in March, and our first full marathon in April. We will also be kicking off TWO new five race series: our Summer Sun Riser Series and the TroonFIT Running on the Links Series in the Fall. Overall it is going to be an amazing year!”

About StartLine Racing:
StartLine Racing was created in 2013 to give every runner the best possible Race Day experience each and every time. Whether it is a charity race of 100 participants or an event of 10,000, all events are judged by the experience that each individual participant walks away with on that day. We make it our goal to provide the best service and experience to EACH participant EVERY time!

StartLine Racing uses the latest technology and highest quality products on the market to give you the best experience every time. Using the Jaguar Timing System we have eliminated the need for mats or ramps at your Start/Finish line while offering participants REAL TIME, IMMEDIATE streaming results both online and onsite.

Come see how StartLine Racing can make your next race your best race!

For race or series sponsorship and partner opportunities, contact Scott Kelly at

About Black Dog Promotions:
Black Dog Promotions is a media and business development agency and also provides digital marketing and publicity consulting for regional and national brands. Black Dog’s team has a long history of success in the entertainment, sports, technology and finance industries. We have taken companies from concept to millions of dollars in sales and billions of dollars in market capitalization. Black Dog Promotions understands how to help business expand and reach their goals.


Scott Kelly
Black Dog Promotions
9920 S. Rural Rd., Ste 108
Tempe, AZ 85284

Cochlear Highlights Five Ways Treatment for Hearing Loss Can Change a Person’s Life

From health, to work, to home-life and more, people who seek solutions and treatment for hearing loss have everything to gain

Centennial, CO, January 07, 2013 – Hearing loss is the third most common health condition in the United States, affecting more than 38 million Americans. It can happen to anyone and can occur at any stage of life, negatively affecting everything from work-life to home-life, relationships with friends and family and even mental and emotional health.ii It is for these reasons and many more that Cochlear, the world’s leading implantable hearing solutions company, has released five ways that advanced treatment for hearing loss may be able to transform a person’s life.

With the latest in hearing technology, including cochlear implants and bone conduction systems, those with hearing loss now have the opportunity to enhance their world. Below are five ways that the introduction of sound may be able to transform an individual’s life:

1. Health. Fatigue, tension, stress, depression and even dementiaiv are all physical symptoms cited by experts as ailments linked to hearing loss. From an emotional perspective, people with hearing loss may experience irritability, anger, negativism and diminished psychological health.v However, the good news is when the ability to hear is regained, overall physical and psychological health can be improved.

2. Career. Reduced job performance and earning potential – and the resulting loss of identity and self-esteem – are also effects of hearing loss. The ability for an individual with hearing loss to carry out assigned tasks in a workplace environment can be severely hampered by factors such as background noise, acoustics and unfamiliarity with surroundings. Treatment for hearing loss often helps individuals feel more confident and prepared when they are on the job.

3. Daily Conveniences. Difficulty hearing the TV, alarm clock, radio, conversations over the phone or the words of another person are not just inconveniences but also potentially life-changing challenges that can lead to embarrassment, anxiety and even social withdrawal. People who struggle with these challenges due to difficulties with hearing loss may be able to overcome these everyday obstacles by seeking treatment for their hearing loss.

4. Special Moments. Be it the crack of a bat at a little league game, the soft serenade of wedding music, or collective laughter of friends at a dinner party, many of life’s most wonderful moments can be missed due to hearing loss. This can lead to feelings of isolation and depression. Improved hearing can allow individuals to participate more in life and better enjoy the special moments.

5. Relationships. The inability to share intimate conversations or treasured moments because communication through conversation has been lost may be one of the most devastating effects of hearing impairment. Improved hearing through treatment options, like a cochlear implant or bone conduction system, can afford individuals the opportunity to be more fully engaged with those special people in their life.

As the industry pioneer, Cochlear is a trusted partner in helping individuals better understand the science behind treatments for hearing loss, specifically relating to hearing implants. For those who have questions or are interested in learning more, Cochlear offers a Concierge service, allowing people considering the solutions to be counseled by a licensed audiologist who is also a cochlear implant recipient or a parent of a cochlear implant recipient. Speak directly with the Concierge by phone at 1-800-483-3123, chat online or email

About Cochlear Implants:
Cochlear implants are a proven medical option for infants as young as 12 months old with profound hearing loss, children aged two and older with severe to profound hearing loss, and adults with moderate-to-profound hearing loss. These devices bypass damaged portions of the inner ear and directly stimulate the hearing nerve, or cochlea.

About Bone Conduction Systems
Bone conduction systems are a proven medical option for adults and children with conductive hearing loss, mixed hearing loss, and single-sided sensorineural deafness and meet the candidacy criteria. Using bone conduction instead of air conduction to interpret sound, the Baha® System does not amplify sound like a hearing aid; it bypasses the outer and middle ear and uses the natural conductive properties of bone to transfer sound.

About Cochlear:
Cochlear is the global leader in implantable hearing solutions. It has a dedicated global team of more than 2,500 people who deliver the gift of sound to those with hearing loss in over 100 countries. Its vision is to connect people, young and old, to a world of sound by offering life enhancing hearing solutions.

The Cochlear promise of “Hear now. And always” embodies the company’s commitment to providing its recipients with the best possible hearing performance today and for the rest of their lives. For over 30 years, Cochlear has helped hundreds of thousands of people either hear for the first time or reconnect them to their families, friends, workplaces and communities.

For more information, visit

Kerri Lewandowski
Cochlear Americas
13059 E. Peakview Avenue
Centennial, CO 80111 USA