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Buffett Adds Fun Run to Annual Meeting to Complement Soda

Jan. 22 (Bloomberg) -- Warren Buffett, the billionaire chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will add a five-kilometer run this year to an annual-meeting weekend known for featuring snacks like ice cream and candy.

Buffett will fire the starting gun for the run on Sunday, May 5, which will proceed through Omaha, Nebraska, the city where Berkshire is based, the company said in a statement today.

The annual meeting attracts thousands of investors from around the world who fill Omaha’s CenturyLink Center to hear Buffett share his thoughts on investing, the economy and corporate governance. Buffett has used the meeting to highlight an investment in Coca-Cola Co., the world’s largest soft-drink maker, and Berkshire operating units like See’s Candies and the Dairy Queen ice cream business, maker of the Dilly Bar.

“A 5k will be the perfect complement to the See’s Candies, Dilly Bar and Cherry Coke everyone will enjoy while here,” Buffett, 82, said in the statement.

The race is being sponsored by Brooks, the Berkshire unit that makes running sneakers. The annual meeting is scheduled for May 4.

To contact the reporter on this story: Noah Buhayar in New York at nbuhayar@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Dan Kraut at dkraut2@bloomberg.net

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