Backplane Along With Malaria No More, New York Road Runners & Ndaba Mandela To Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

ADVISORY, March 14, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

What:

Backplane, Malaria No More, New York Road Runners and Ndaba Mandela will visit the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

In honor of the occasion, Matt Michelsen, CEO of Backplane, Martin Edlund, CEO of Malaria No More, Mary Wittenberg, President and CEO of New York Road Runners and Ndaba Mandela, Chairman of Africa Rising and representative of The Mandela Foundation, will ring the Closing Bell.

Where:

NASDAQ MarketSite – 4 Times Square – 43 rd & Broadway – Broadcast Studio

When:

Friday, March 15, 2013 – 3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET      

Contacts : Backplane: Craig Fleishman (917) 549-5566 craig@thebackplane.com

Malaria No More : Erica Lichtenberger (212)710-5891 (o) (917) 892-5962 (m) erica@malarianomore.org

New York Road Runners: Lauren Loeb (212) 423-2271 lloeb@nyrr.org

NASDAQ MarketSite: Jen Knapp (212) 401-8916 Jennifer.knapp@nasdaqomx.com

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Webcast:

A live webcast of the NASDAQ Closing Bell will be available at: http://www.nasdaq.com/about/marketsitetowervideo.asx .

Photos:

To obtain a hi-resolution photograph of the Market Close, please go to http://www.nasdaq.com/reference/marketsite_events.stm and click on the market close of your choice.

About Backplane:

The Backplane is a technology platform that enables the world's biggest celebrities and brands to organize their fans around interests, affinities and movements. We are partnered with several of the world's biggest brands to create authentic community, including Lady Gaga's 1 million strong Little Monsters. Backplane understands that consumers, artists and brands want meaningful ways to connect and engage with one another. 

About Malaria No More:

Malaria No More is determined to end malaria deaths. Malaria No More is helping the world get it done by engaging leaders, rallying the public, and delivering life-saving tools and education to families across Africa. Founded in 2006 by business leaders Ray Chambers and Peter Chernin, Malaria No More is working to create a world in which no one dies from a mosquito bite.

About New York Road Runners:

New York Road Runners was founded in 1958 when a small group of passionate runners vowed to bring running to the people. Over the past 55 years, NYRR has grown from a local running club to the world's premier community running organization. NYRRs mission is to empower everyone, of all ages and abilities—beginners and competitive athletes, the young and the elderly, adult professionals and underserved schoolchildren—to improve their health and well-being through the power of running and fitness.

NYRRs races, community events, instruction and training resources, and youth programs give hundreds of thousands of people each year the motivation, know-how, and opportunity to start running and keep running for life. NYRR's premier event, the famed ING New York City Marathon, attracts the world's top pro runners and committed amateurs alike while also raising millions of dollars annually for charity and driving economic impact for the City. But NYRR is equally committed to the runners of tomorrow, passionately providing youth fitness programs that educate and inspire more than 150,000 kids in underserved communities in New York City, all 50 states, and around the world.

Headquartered in New York City, NYRR implements a unique nonprofit model that teams contributed and earned income to make all its efforts possible. To learn more, please visit www.nyrr.org.  

About Ndaba Mandela:

Ndaba Mandela is the Chairman of Africa Rising. Ndaba Mandela is partnering with Backplane to help catalyze Mandela Day, a global day of service established by the United Nations in recognition of his grandfather Nelson Mandela's singular contribution to humanity.

Ndaba Mandela will be joined at Friday's event by North American representatives of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory, the core effort of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

About NASDAQ OMX Group:

The inventor of the electronic exchange, The NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc., fuels economies and provides transformative technologies for the entire lifecycle of a trade - from risk management to trade to surveillance to clearing. In the U.S. and Europe, we own and operate 26 markets including 3 clearinghouses and 5 central securities depositories supporting equities, options, fixed income, derivatives, commodities, futures and structured products. Able to process more than 1 million messages per second at sub-55 microsecond average speeds with 99.99% uptime, our technology drives more than 70 marketplaces in 50 developed and emerging countries into the future, powering 1 in 10 of the world's securities transactions. Our award-winning data products and worldwide indexes are the benchmarks in the financial industry. Home to approximately 3,300 listed companies worth $6 trillion in market cap whose innovations shape our world, we give the ideas of tomorrow access to capital today. Welcome to where the world takes a big leap forward, daily. Welcome to the NASDAQ OMX Century. To learn more, visit www.nasdaqomx.com . Follow us on Facebook ( http://www.facebook.com/NASDAQ ) and Twitter ( http://www.twitter.com/nasdaqomx ). (Symbol: NDAQ and member of S&P 500)

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