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MARL ALLEN’S THE ART OF COMPETITION WINS USA BEST BOOKS AWARD FOR BEST BOOK IN SPORTS FOR 2014

SANTA CRUZ, CA – November 18, 2014 – The Art of Competition, by Mark Allen with photographer Nick Borelli (Grip Press, 2014), was named the winner in the Sports category of the 11th annual USA Best Book Awards as well as a finalist for Best Cover Design: Non-Fiction. Entrants included more than 2000 titles released in 2012-2014 by mainstream and independent book publishers.

The Art of Competition features a collection of 90 thought-provoking and inspiring quotes by Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker. Each quote is overlaid upon a two-page landscape that provides perspective to personal challenges and endeavors.

While The Art of Competition conveys impactful lessons about sport, the lessons extend far beyond – to one’s personal and professional journeys as well. The quotes and the messages are borne of the wisdom of Mark Allen’s 25 years of reflection on his first and subsequent Ironman World Championships.

Mark Allen will be signing copies of his award-winning book on Thursday, November 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Sports Basement at 610 Old Mason Street in San Francisco, California.

The Art of Competition may be ordered online directly from the publisher (art-of-competition.com) or through book retailers.

About Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. He runs MarkAllenCoaching, training professional and age-group triathletes. For more information on Mark Allen, visit art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, markallencoaching.com, follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip and find him on Facebook at Mark Allen Facebook page.

About The Art of Competition

The Art of Competition (Grip Press, June, 2014), written by Mark Allen, with photography by Nick Borelli, contains a collection of quotes that came to the author while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. It contains the elusive words, paired with stunning scenes from nature, to explain the mindset required to win the Ironman World Championship six times. The words will inspire change for anyone facing challenges within or beyond the sporting world. The book was funded by a Kickstarter campaign and released to wide acclaim. Learn more about the book at art-of-compeition.com and on Facebook.

Ten percent of all profits from the sale of The Art of Competition are being donated to The Huichol Foundation, an international charity dedicated to preserving the life and traditions of the Huichol Indians of Central Mexico. Learn more about the Foundation at HuicholFoundation.org.

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR TEAM MPI’S SPRING TRIATHLON TRAINING CAMP

 All-Inclusive Camp with Elite Triathlon Coaches offered at Premier Training Facility at Pensacola Beach, FL

 

Pensacola, FL – November 12, 2014 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), announces the opening of registration for their Spring Triathlon Training Camp, March 25-29, 2015. The camp offers the opportunity for triathletes to train with elite level coaches at the picturesque Portofino Island Resort, an ideal destination for multisport training. The four day training camp will provide a jump-start on the competition for the 2015 race season.

Camp swim venues, each just a short walk from the onsite Sky Home accommodations, include a 25m indoor pool, the calm protected waters of the Santa Rosa Sound, and the open waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Cycling and run training will take place on the paved roadways and separated running paths of the scenic Gulf Islands National Seashore and Fort Pickens National Park, offering flat, fast and virtually traffic-free roads, unforgettable views, inspiration, and motivation.

Athletes can elect to bring their families, as Portofino Island Resort is a destination unto itself, with a full offering of beach-front and water activities, sports, dining, and spa services to keep the family entertained while the athletes train. The spacious and exquisitely appointed Sky Homes provide breathtaking views of the Gulf of Mexico or Santa Rosa Sound.

The all-inclusive camp provides airport transfers, accommodations, all meals, training nutrition and hydration, bike fit analysis, run gait and video analysis, swim video analysis, sports psychology consultation, and all swim/bike/run training and coaching. The camp will conclude with an opportunity to demonstrate new skills at a practice super sprint triathlon. A full schedule is available online on the camp page of TeamMPI.com.

Team MPI coaches have been offering multisport camps since 2010 including iron distance race-venue preparation camps (IM Florida, Texas, Chattanooga) and camps for athletes with Team Semper Fi, Challenged Athletes Foundation, USA Paratriathlon and the National Paratriathlon team.

The Team MPI Spring Training Camp welcomes triathletes who train or race any distance – sprint through iron distance – and who seek to improve their swim, bike, and run performance. In addition, the camp will offer sports psychology, nutrition/hydration, and race preparation sessions. Discounts are offered for groups of athletes who book together.

The camp will be led by USAT Level 2 coaches Mark Sortino and John Murray with support from the Team MPI coaching staff.

Multisport athletes and paratriathletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and Team MPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also follow Team MPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or like Team MPI’s Facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers an extensive menu of coaching plans and training packages. In addition, they conduct training camps and clinics in many locations throughout the US including iron distance race-venue preparation camps (IM Florida, Texas, Chattanooga) and camps associated with Team Semper Fi, Challenged Athletes Foundation, USA Paratriathlon and the National Paratriathlon Team. The team is led by head coach John Murray, a USA Triathlon Level 2 certified coach, race director, and ASCA Level 2 coach with 17 years of triathlon experience, and head coach Mark Sortino, USA Triathlon Level 2 certified coach, race director, and 3x IM World Championship finisher. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Sunset Tri Series and founded the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri, and Maritime DeLuna Du.

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TriHabitat to be First and Only Self-Contained Endurance Sports Venue in the World

Facility to be built on the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River near Wilmington, North Carolina.

Wilmington, N.C. – October 27, 2014 – TriHabitat, LLC has formally announced plans to construct the world’s first and only totally self-contained endurance sports venue. TriHabitat will be built on 1,100 acres along the banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC and will feature specifically designed and constructed, world-class triathlon training and racing facilities.

TriHabitat has partnered with Alchemy Global to assist the company with the capital raise and to provide ongoing advisory services to help implement the growth plan. TriHabitat and Alchemy have engaged and consulted industry veterans to assist with the project, including Chuck Baker, a Partner with DLA Piper and former board member of USA Triathlon, who has been tapped for legal work and consultation.

“After producing well over a thousand triathlons and other events over the years, I developed the vision to create a facility where athletes can train and race on a closed course with optimal spectator viewing areas and amenities,” said Bill Scott, TriHabitat CEO. “With the booming population of endurance sport athletes, the weather and the hospitality, the Wilmington, North Carolina area, specifically Pender County, provides the perfect location for this facility.”

TriHabitat will contain a specially designed 25 acre spring-fed lake for swimming, a 14 mile paved bike loop, a 6.5 mile paved run loop, and a state-of-the-art permanent transition area featuring individual stations. The venue will include five stadiums, constructed from natural earth mounding, providing spectators with the ultimate viewing experience. Permanent lifeguard stations, a centralized bike course pit area, and permanent run course aid stations elevate the race experience. A vendor and expo village provides tent space and power hookups for event sponsors and merchants and a large covered pavilion is an ideal post-race gathering place.

Lodging options at TriHabitat will include a 20 room lodge and conference center, a collection of rustic cabins, and a 50 site motorhome park with full hook-ups.

TriHabitat will host a multitude of endurance events, including triathlons of various distances during a typical calendar year. The facility will also be open daily on a year-round basis for training, camps, clinics and other activities. In addition to triathlons, TriHabitat also expects to produce a variety of other events such as kayak races, open water swims, bike time trials, and obstacle course races.

“TriHabitat is a first-of-its-kind facility that is entering the marketplace at exactly the right time,” said Rob Urbach, USA Triathlon CEO. “As the National Governing Body, USA Triathlon is extremely supportive of this concept coming to fruition. It’s a vision that would greatly enhance training and racing within the sport.”

TriHabitat will be located just off N.C. 210, approximately four miles east of its intersection with Interstate 40. TriHabitat anticipates being open for business in 2016.

“I could not be more excited to help Bill realize this vision and assist in taking the endurance sports industry to a new level,” said Bouker Pool, TriHabitat COO. “The growth of participation in endurance sports has been steady over the past few years, and the impact to communities has been felt with more events coming online, closing streets and putting a lot of effort into creating a safe and fun atmosphere for participants and spectators. TriHabitat will be the first venue of its kind where athletes and spectators can be car free and focused on the action.”

TriHabitat, LLC invites interested investors to learn more about becoming a part of this opportunity.  For more information on the TriHabitat capital raise, go to www.alchemyglobal.com, or contact Andy Brusman at abrusman@alchemyglobal.com or 843-654-9365.

For more information about TriHabitat visit the website: www.TriHabitat.com or visit the TriHabitat Facebook page.

About TriHabitat, LLC

TriHabitat, LLC is the world’s first self-contained endurance sports venue. Located on 1100 acres near N.C. 210, along the Cape Fear River, TriHabitat will host a multitude of endurance events annually, including triathlon races of various distances, triathlon training camps and clinics, as well as additional endurance events including kayak races, obstacle races, bike time trials and open water swims.

For more information on TriHabitat, go to www.trihabitat.com.

About Alchemy Global Holdings, LLC

Alchemy, headquartered in Charleston, SC with offices in Portland and Baltimore, is the first dedicated investment web portal focused on Sports and Entertainment. Through this portal, the company will facilitate funding and business solutions for companies in sports and entertainment, which include consumer products, services, content creation, media, intellectual property, wellness and technology. The company’s management team has significant operating experience and expertise in building and growing businesses around the world. They will leverage this expertise in developing product differentiation, diversified customer bases, strong management and financial performance for its clients. Investors in Alchemy include some of the most savvy entrepreneurial minds in sports and entertainment as well as athletes turned entrepreneurs Greg Norman, Jim Courier and Boris Becker.

To learn more about Alchemy Global, visit www.alchemyglobal.com.

Alchemy Global Holdings, LLC is not a registered broker-dealer. Securities offered are through Merriman Capital Inc, a registered broker dealer and member FINRA/SIPC. Offerings on the Alchemy site are only made to US investors, they do not constitute a solicitation outside of the US and only US investors may invest. Alchemy does not give investment advice, endorsement, analysis or recommendations with respect to any securities.

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON CONCLUDES SEVENTH YEAR 

2015 Race Registration Opens November 1

Wilmington, N.C. – October 27, 2014 – The seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, produced by Set Up Events and benefiting the Wilmington Family YMCA, took place this past Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Nearly 2,200 triathletes from 43 states and several countries raced the half and full iron distance events. Additionally, more than 200 runners also participated in the inaugural New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K.

Vinny Johnson of North Berwick, ME was the overall winner of the 140.6 full iron distance race, finishing in 8:28:24, while Melissa Alfano of Raeford, NC won the female division with a time of 9:14:20. The full iron distance event included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.

The overall winner of the 70.3 half iron distance race was Iain Alexandrios of Princeton, NJ who finished in 3:59:51. The top female finisher was Hannah Smith of Cary, NC with a time of 4:33:40. The half iron distance event included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. Both races began at Wrightsville Beach and finished in Downtown Wilmington.

Among the participants were professional triathletes, age-groupers through 72 years of age, military personnel, physically challenged paratriathletes, and relay teams. The PPD Heroes were among the competitors. Each overcame serious illness and participated in the race to raise public awareness about the importance of clinical trials for the development of critical medical treatments. The 2014 PPD Heroes included: Wendy Chioji, Tim Fortuna, Laura Hull, Mary Kreis, Meg Roberts, Chris Samia and Emily Schaller.

Triathlon legend Michellie Jones served as the weekend’s honorary host. She participated in the pro panel breakfast as well as the NHRMC 5K, then greeted athletes at the Expo. The former ITU world champion, Kona Ironman world champion, and Olympic medalist congratulated finishers then presented awards at the athlete celebration brunch.

Dick Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA, said, “The PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon is unique in the way it has been forged by the community. That pride is reflected in the excitement and growth of the PPD Beach2Battleship weekend. We are very grateful to the citizens of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and surrounding areas as well as to our tremendous sponsors who make this a top destination race.” The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA.

The race, and its beneficiary the Wilmington Family YMCA, receive tremendous support from the business community through sponsorships from the following: PPD, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, CLIF Shot, CLIF Bar, PhRMA, FINIS, Inc., Michelob Ultra and Natty Greene’s, Penske Truck Rental, AAA Carolinas, Cumulus Broadcasting, Medidata Solutions, TriBike Transport, Hilton Wilmington Riverside, LM Restaurants, Port City Java, BB&T, Inside Out Sports, Bryant Real Estate, WetSuitRental.com, Rent-A-John, Port City Marina, Without Limits Coaching, ORR Cycling, Rudy Project, Hammer Nutrition, WordwrightWeb, Mojotivation, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Aquaman, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Party Suppliers and Rental, Subway, Miller-Motte College, Green Coast Recycling, Blockade Runner, The Home Depot, TOPS Athletics and Synergy ONE Wellness & Performance Lab, Wilmington NC Airport (ILM), Papa John’s Pizza, EZ Box Storage, Wilmington Yoga Center, Toad Hollow Athletics, Sunbelt Rentals, Salming, Gold’s Gym, Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, CompresSport, L & L Tent and Party Rentals, Filmwerks, Patient Centered Care, Downtown Wilmington, Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, BASE Performance and ORIG3N.

Registration for the 2015 PPD Beach2Battleship opens on November 1 at www.Beach2Battleship.com

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. Nearly 2,200 athletes, including international competitors and triathletes from 43 U.S. states, will participate, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. The full iron distance triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, and the event also offers a half iron distance triathlon course. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About the New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K

The NHRMC 5K is a companion race to the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, offering athletes a scenic, fast and flat 5K course. The NHRMC 5K benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. For more information, go to www.beach2battleship.com.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About NHRMC

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.

About the Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for nearly 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events will produce more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP
HALF AND FULL IRON DISTANCE TRIATHLON SET FOR OCTOBER 25

More Than 2,200 Athletes to Compete in Seventh Annual Event

Wilmington, N.C. – October 21, 2014 – The seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, produced by Set Up Events and benefiting the Wilmington Family YMCA, takes place this Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. This year’s event will see nearly 2,200 athletes from 43 states joining with international racers to compete in the half and full iron distance events. Additional athletes will participate in the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K, a new event added to the PPD Beach2Battleship weekend.

The full iron distance race includes a 2.4-mile swim in Banks Channel along Wrightsville Beach, a 112-mile bike through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties, and a full marathon of 26.2 miles that finishes on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. The half iron course is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run that also ends in downtown Wilmington.

The athletes, who range up to 72 years of age, will compete for overall and age-group awards. Among the participants are professional triathletes, military personnel, physically challenged paratriathletes and the PPD Heroes who have overcome serious illness and race to raise public awareness about the importance of clinical trials for the development of critical medical treatments. The 2014 PPD Heroes include: Wendy Chioji, Tim Fortuna, Laura Hull, Mary Kreis, Meg Roberts, Chris Samia and Emily Schaller.

Triathlon legend Michellie Jones will serve as the weekend’s honorary host. The former ITU world champion, Kona Ironman world champion, and Olympic medalist will meet athletes and present awards Sunday at the athlete celebration brunch in the Wilmington Convention Center.

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. Dick Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA, said, “The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is unique due to its very strong community focus. Its identity and energy are derived from the beautiful and welcoming communities of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. We come together to provide the best possible race experience to the athletes who entrust their hard-earned race day to us.”

The 2013 race winners for the full iron distance were: Jeff Paul from Le Claire, Iowa, finishing in 9:04:49 and Jackie Pearce from Colombia, Missouri, with a time of 10:04:05. Winners of the 2013 half iron distance were: Michael Starkey from Waxhaw, North Carolina, in 4:11:04 and Laura Gersten from Cary, North Carolina, in 4:52:41.

An event expo featuring sponsors and multisport-related vendors will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many exhibitors will also be set up at the Michelob Ultra Finish Line Celebration on Water Street from noon until midnight, Saturday, Oct. 25. These are open to the public.

The race, and its beneficiary the Wilmington Family YMCA, receive tremendous support from the business community through sponsorships from the following: PPD, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, CLIF Shot, CLIF Bar, PhRMA, FINIS, Inc., Michelob Ultra and Natty Greene’s, Penske Truck Rental, AAA Carolinas, Cumulus Broadcasting, Medidata Solutions, TriBike Transport, Hilton Wilmington Riverside, LM Restaurants, Port City Java, BB&T, Inside Out Sports, Bryant Real Estate, WetSuitRental.com, Rent-A-John, Port City Marina, Without Limits Coaching, ORR Cycling, Rudy Project, Hammer Nutrition, WordwrightWeb, Mojotivation, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Aquaman, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Party Suppliers and Rental, Subway, Miller-Motte College, Green Coast Recycling, Blockade Runner, The Home Depot, TOPS Athletics and Synergy ONE Wellness & Performance Lab, Wilmington NC Airport (ILM), Papa John’s Pizza, EZ Box Storage, Wilmington Yoga Center, Toad Hollow Athletics, Sunbelt Rentals, Salming, Gold’s Gym, Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, CompresSport, L & L Tent and Party Rentals, Filmwerks, Patient Centered Care, Downtown Wilmington, Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, BASE Performance and ORIG3N.

The event will impact some area roads and motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes or to exercise care when traveling the race course. A link to the traffic hotspots is provided at beach2battleship.com. Law enforcement agencies across the region are working with event organizers to ensure the safety of the participants and to minimize traffic delays.

Race organizers and sponsors appreciate the cooperation, support and involvement of the community. All are invited to watch the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and cheer on participants along the course or at the finish line festival on Water Street.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. Nearly 2,200 athletes, including international competitors and triathletes from 43 U.S. states, will participate, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. The full iron distance triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, and the event also offers a half iron distance triathlon course. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About the New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K

The NHRMC 5K is a companion race to the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, offering athletes a scenic, fast and flat 5K course. The NHRMC 5K will be held at 9 a.m.,  Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at Legion Stadium and ending at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon finish line on Water Street. The NHRMC 5K benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. For more information or to register, go to www.beach2battleship.com.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About NHRMC

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.

About the Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for nearly 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events will produce more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

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ROKA PARTNERS WITH MARK ALLEN AND MARK ALLEN COACHING

Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. October 9, 2014 — ROKA Sports, Inc. is pleased to announce a multi-year partnership with six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, motivational speaker and ESPN’s “Greatest Endurance Athlete of All-Time” Mark Allen and Mark Allen Coaching.

Mark Allen said, “I’m excited to announce our new Mark Allen Coaching partnership with ROKA. ROKA’s advanced technology, innovation in materials and design, and proven product performance align perfectly with my objectives to ensure Mark Allen Coaching athletes are Always A Step Ahead”.

ROKA’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing Ryan Dolan said, “Mark Allen is truly a pioneer and a legend in the sport of triathlon.  He was the first person to win an olympic distance world championship in 1989 and inspired me to do my first triathlon.  He continues to inspire and motivate others today, and we are honored to have Mark as part of the ROKA team. We look forward to collaborating with him and learning from his unparalleled knowledge and experience in endurance sports.”

ABOUT MARK ALLEN

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, endurance sports product consultant, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010.

Mark Allen joins ROKA’s growing team of coaches and champions including 4x ITU World Champion & ’12 Olympic Silver Medalist Javier Gómez, ITU World Champion Gwen Jorgensen, 2x Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack, Siri Lindley and Team Sirius, Mat Steinmetz and 51 Speed Shop, 2x ITU World Champion and Olympic Bronze Medalist Emma Moffatt, 2x Ironman 70.3 World Champion Melissa Hauschildt, 70.3 World Champion & 3x Xterra World Champion Julie Dibens, 2013 Kona Runner-up & Challenge Roth winner Rachel Joyce and others.

ABOUT ROKA SPORTS

ROKA is a performance multisport brand that was founded in 2011 by two former All-American swimmers from Stanford University, who, after being frustrated by the wetsuit offerings on the market, set out to make the fastest wetsuit on the planet. After two years of product development, the ROKA team launched their patent-pending Maverick wetsuit, Viper swim skin and SIM short training line in March 2013.

In their first two seasons, ROKA products have seen widespread acceptance by elite and developing swimmers alike. ROKA pro athletes have finished first out of the water at the Ironman World Championship, Ironman 70.3 World Championship, the ITU WTS Grand Final, the Hy-Vee 5150 Elite Cup Championship, and many Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races. This season ROKA athletes won three world titles and numerous other races. ROKA is based in Dallas, Texas with employees in Southern California and Boulder Colorado.

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TIMOTHY O’DONNELL MEDIA EVENT AT KONA IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

DELRAY BEACH, FL – September 30, 2014 – World Champion Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell will be available for interviews and photos at the Kona IRONMAN World Championship on Tuesday, October 7 at 12:45 pm at The Daylight Mind Coffee Company on Ali`I Drive.

Media are invited for the official unveiling of TO’s customized Trek Project One Speed Concept 9.9 bike, painted specially for the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship.

Hosted by Castelli, Timothy O’Donnell’s apparel partner, The Daylight Mind is located at 75-5770 Ali’I Drive.

About Timothy O’Donnell

Professional Triathlete and Navy veteran Timothy O’Donnell counts among his accomplishments nine Ironman 70.3 victories, an Ironman 140.6 win, six Armed Forces National Championships, and 21 professional career wins. He set the American Record for the Ironman distance at IM Brazil in 2013 and was the top American at the 2013 Kona IM World Championship, finishing fifth. O’Donnell is a former US Naval Officer with a MEng degree from UC Berkeley, and he is an active supporter of Team RWB. He resides in Boulder, Colorado with his spouse, professional triathlete Mirinda Carfrae. For more information, visit  timothyodonnell.com or Facebook page.

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MICHELLIE JONES NAMED HONORARY HOST OF THE
PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP WEEKEND
 

Former ITU World Champion, Kona IM World Champion, and Olympic Medalist to
address athletes, present awards

Wilmington, N.C. – September 11, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is pleased to announce that Michellie Jones, a legend in the sport of triathlon, will serve as the honorary host of the race weekend that includes the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon full and half iron distance events and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K.

Jones is a Kona Ironman world champion (2006), ITU world champion (1998, 1999), XTERRA Triathlon world champion (1996) and Olympic silver medalist (2000). The Australian triathlete has more than 175 wins to her credit across all race distances, both on- and off-road.

Friday, Oct. 24, Jones will be on hand at the PPD Beach2Battleship race expo at the Wilmington Convention Center to sign autographs and meet athletes, friends and visitors. Later, she will welcome athletes at the kickoff dinner.

On race day, Saturday, Oct. 25, look for Jones in the finish line area on Water Street, where the PPD Beach2Battleship and NHRMC 5K athletes will take their final triumphant steps. Finally, she will address the audience at the athlete celebration brunch and awards ceremony, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Wilmington Convention Center. Tickets for the athlete dinner and awards brunch are available at www.beach2battleship.com.

Jones said, “I am excited to be invited to PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon and look forward to meeting all the participants and sharing my story.”

“We recognize that the journeys of our PPD Beach2Battleship athletes have been marked by tremendous dedication, passion and sacrifice – the same qualities that have been pervasive in the incredibly successful career of Michellie Jones,” said PPD Beach2Battleship Race Director Jeremey Davis. “We are so pleased she will serve as our race weekend host to recognize the achievements of our participants.”

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA.

About Michellie Jones

Michellie Jones, an Australian triathlete, is best known for her two wins at the ITU World Championships, a win at the Kona Ironman World Championships and a silver at the Olympics, earning her the distinction as the only triathlete to have been on all three of those podiums. She has enjoyed over 175 career victories at distances from sprints to Ironmans, on- and off-road. Jones continues to train and race, but also works as a coach for Giddy Up Multisports, Sponsorship Commander for ISM, and athlete manager for Compex. In her free time, Jones trains and shows horses in hunter, dressage and western riding.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. More than 2,000 athletes, including 19 international competitors and triathletes from 42 U.S. states participated in the 2013 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About NHRMC

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.

About The Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for more than 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events will produce more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

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Boulder Book Store to Host
Six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion Mark Allen
 

Allen to sign copies of recently released book, Art of Competition

 

SANTA CRUZ, CA – September 9, 2014 – Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker, will be on hand at the Boulder Book Store on Wednesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm to sign copies of his newly released book, The Art of Competition. The coffee table collector’s book features ninety of Mark Allen’s most thought-provoking and significant quotes, borne of his own spiritual and competitive journey, paired with symbolic and stunning two-page images from nature.

The chapters within The Art of Competition represent key themes that are vital to this process of turning challenge and competition into art – themes such as Change, Fear, and Being Stuck. The book is ideal for anyone in business, sports, or life, who seeks to change a challenge into art, who needs a game-changing approach to a different outcome.

“We all face challenges, difficult times, and self-doubt, as I did with six Ironman defeats,” explains Allen. “When I stopped thinking about victory or failure and focused on flow of movement and mindset, I overcame my own limits and put in the performances that earned six Ironman victories.”

The quotes in The Art of Competition came to Mark while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. The words to explain the mindset he had found had eluded him to this point, then in the span of two days he had penned the quotes that encapsulated the mindset of a champion – thoughts that formed the backbone of The Art of Competition. Each quote is meant to release personal perfection in the moments that count most. The evocative photos are of scenes far more enduring or lasting than our individual successes.

Jim Collins, author of bestsellers Built to LastGood to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, wrote in his forward, “That is the artistic gift, the ability to see or perhaps sense something others cannot quite put their finger on and use art to express it, and that is what Mark has done here. He has captured the inner terrain of the true competitor through photos and quotes, unlike anything I have seen before.”

Books are available for purchase at the Boulder Book Store.

About Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. He runs MarkAllenCoaching, training professional and age-group triathletes. For more information on Mark Allen, visit art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, markallencoaching.com, follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip and find him on Facebook at Mark Allen Facebook page.

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PPD Beach2Battleship Heroes Promote Participation in Clinical Trials

 Inspirational triathletes share personal stories of life-changing medical research

WILMINGTON, N.C. (September 4, 2014) – Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced the 2014 PPD Heroes team of athletes competing in the Oct. 25 PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, one of the top-rated iron distance events in the world.

PPD Heroes, everyday people who overcame illness with medical treatments developed through clinical research, raise awareness about the importance of increasing participation in clinical trials, which are integral to developing next-generation medicines. PPD Heroes will share their inspirational stories at the PPD Hero Awards, an invitation-only celebration at the company’s world headquarters in Wilmington on Oct. 24, a day before competing in the triathlon.

“PPD Heroes’ remarkable journeys from illness to wellness inspire researchers working tirelessly to develop new medical treatments,” said David Simmons, chairman and CEO of PPD. “Their advocacy to increase understanding about clinical trials is important in helping patients and physicians become aware of innovative treatment options. Increasing participation in clinical trials also helps researchers advance the pace of medical breakthroughs that can improve health and save lives.”

The 2014 team of PPD Heroes features:

  • Wendy Chioji, who was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 2001. She enrolled in a clinical trial at the urging of her oncologist, who was also her marathon training partner, to potentially help herself while advancing research for others. The resulting chemotherapy successfully treated Wendy’s breast cancer.
  • Tim Fortuna, an emergency room physician and triathlete, felt pain and discomfort in his chest following a long day of training five days after turning 37. Tests revealed a 70 percent blockage of a coronary artery. Cardiologists implanted a drug-eluting stent, which allowed the father of two to return to daily activities and again compete in triathlons.
  • Laura Hull was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis at age 24 and spent 15 years battling the disease and accompanying symptoms. Before a surgical procedure provided relief, she participated in a clinical trial testing new medication to help further the advancement of effective treatments for ulcerative colitis.
  • Mary Kreis, at 23 weeks pregnant, needed surgery to remove a cancerous mole and a sentinel lymph node. Surgeons discovered the cancer had spread, and a second operation removed additional lymph nodes. Thanks to results from previous clinical trials, Mary’s oncologist was confident the procedure was safe for a pregnant patient. Weeks later, Mary gave birth to a healthy baby girl.
  • Meg Roberts, diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 10, credits clinical researchers for developing therapies that help her manage the condition. As there is no cure for diabetes, to stay healthy she must inject insulin several times a day. Over the years, clinical research aided the development of insulin and enhanced blood glucose monitoring methods.
  • Chris Samia was diagnosed with psoriasis in the seventh grade. He underwent various types of treatments for the next 15 years and was unable to be physically active because of the painful condition affecting nearly all the skin on his body. At 27 and obese, Chris participated in a clinical trial for a medication that relieved his symptoms and transformed his life, allowing him to lose more than 100 pounds and compete as a triathlete.
  • Emily Schaller, a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient and founder of the Rock CF Foundation, has participated in multiple clinical trials. In 1983, at 18 months old, she was diagnosed with CF at a time when the median age of survival was in the late teens. She began participating in clinical trials in her early teens and has volunteered for trials of breakthrough CF therapies.

PPD is celebrating its fifth year as title sponsor of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, which has been ranked among the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington. The full iron distance triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. The event also offers a half iron distance triathlon course.

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon last month announced the addition of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K to the lineup of race weekend events, providing an expanded opportunity for participation. The NHRMC 5K will be held the morning of the triathlon, starting at 9 a.m. at Legion Stadium, running along the streets of Greenfield Lake and downtown Wilmington, and ending at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon finish line on Water Street.

More than 2,000 athletes participate in the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, helping generate approximately $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. PPD Beach2Battleship is produced by Set Up Events, one of the largest triathlon production companies in the United States, producing more than 150 events annually in eight states.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

Contacts

Media:

Lee Kennedy

+1 919 456 5350

lee.kennedy@ppdi.com

 

Investors:

Luke Heagle

+1 910 558 7585

luke.heagle@ppdi.com

 

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations and assumptions, including statements, expectations and assumptions about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, contained in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although PPD attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based and could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Other important factors that could cause future results to differ materially include the following: the ability to attract, integrate, retain and train key personnel; competition in the outsourcing industry; PPD’s ability to win new business; the ability to control SG&A spending; overall global economic conditions; economic conditions, research and development spending, and outsourcing trends in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and government-sponsored research sectors; loss, delay or modification of large contracts; higher-than-expected cancellation rates; the rate of conversion of backlog into revenue; risks associated with acquisitions and investments; rapid technological advances that make our services or capabilities less competitive; compliance with drug development regulations; changes in the regulation of the drug development process; consolidation in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; risks associated with and dependence on strategic relationships; and actual operating performance. PPD assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update these forward-looking statements in the future, except as required by applicable law. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing PPD’s estimates or views as of any date subsequent to the date hereof.

 

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP WEEKEND ADDS
NEW HANOVER REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER 5K RACE

 

Wilmington, N.C. – August 20, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is pleased to announce the addition of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K to the lineup of race weekend events.

As a companion race to the PPD Beach2Battleship Iron and Half Iron Distance Triathlon, the new 5K provides an expanded opportunity for participation in a world-class event weekend, offering athletes a scenic, fast and flat 5K course. The NHRMC 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

“We are pleased to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center to offer this exciting new event,” said Dick Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Wilmington Family YMCA. “The NHRMC 5K will attract another segment of our community, engaging them in a healthy activity and the excitement and festivities that surround the PPD Beach2Battleship finish line downtown. This weekend is about promoting fun, fitness and health, and the NHRMC 5K allows the celebration to be even bigger and better.”

“As part of NHRMC’s mission to promote the health and wellness of our community, we are proud to partner with The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon to offer a new 5K race event,” said Jack Barto, president and chief executive officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. “The NHRMC 5K will broaden the weekend’s appeal by encouraging individuals of most fitness levels to participate.”

David Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer of PPD, said: “As title sponsor of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, we welcome NHRMC’s expanding leadership role in the exciting events of race week. NHRMC’s sponsorship of the new 5K adds a terrific new dimension to a world-class athletic competition and exemplifies the strong relationship between our two organizations and our shared commitment to improving health and saving lives.”

The point-to-point 5K will start at Legion Stadium, run along the streets of Greenfield Lake and downtown Wilmington, and end at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon finish line on Water Street.

The 9 a.m. start time allows runners to see off triathlete friends and family, race the NHRMC 5K, then watch the bike and run portions of the triathlon.

The NHRMC 5K benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. Registration is $25 before Sept. 1. More information is available at www.beach2battleship.com.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. More than 2,000 athletes, including 19 international competitors and triathletes from 42 U.S. states participated in the 2013 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About NHRMC

New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About The Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for more than 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events will produce more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

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TEAM MPI EXPANDS IN FLORIDA AND ILLINOIS

  Team MPI adds USAT Certified Coaches Amanda Leibovitz and Jim Harris to the coaching staff

Pensacola, FL – August 14, 2014 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), announced today that USAT Level 1 coaches Amanda Leibovitz and Jim Harris have joined coaches John Murray, Mark Sortino, Allen Stanfield, Peter Harsch, and Dustin Yonke to provide personalized multisport and run coaching for athletes and paratriathletes across the country.

Leibovitz is based in the Chicago, Illinois area and Harris is in the Fort Walton/Santa Rosa, Florida area. This extends Team MPI’s presence beyond the northern panhandle of Florida, Gulfport, Mississippi, and San Diego regions.

Leibovitz brings a wealth of experience as a run, swim, and triathlon coach, race director, competitor, and leader for community fitness. She is pursuing graduate education toward certification as a Sport Psychology Consultant. She offers specialized coaching for both triathletes and paratriathletes and leads regular sessions for local bike/handcycle and run/racing wheelchair training. Leibovitz combines her passion and enthusiasm for inclusive sport with knowledge and experience to design training plans that enable each athlete/paratriathlete make the most of their physical gifts and determination.

Jim Harris, of Miramar Beach, Florida, has over 10 years of successful triathlon racing experience at all distances including Ironman. His coaching emphasizes efficient and effective training to achieve mental, physical, and spiritual balance both within the sport of triathlon and beyond it. As a life-long athlete, husband and father, he understands the challenges of the busy but ambitious triathlete. He helps his athletes identify goals and designs a roadmap to keep motivation high on the way to achievement.

MPI President John Murray remarked, “Coach Amanda and Coach Jim have the requisite knowledge and experience of successful coaches, but equally important, they are both perceptive and attuned to the individuality of each athlete – their capabilities, concerns, schedule constraints, and goals. As with all of the coaches of Team MPI, they stress free and open communication for the best possible results and enjoyment.”

Multisport athletes and paratriathletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and Team MPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow Team MPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like Team MPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, MPI Performance Plans, MPI Customized Performance Plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Team Semper Fi. Team MPI also provides specialty services in swim video analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Sunset Tri Series and directs the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon. They also founded the Sea Turtle Tri and Maritime DeLuna Du.

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MARK ALLEN ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF MARKALLENCOACHING

 New Coaching Group Delivering Comprehensive Service for Beginners to Elites

SANTA CRUZ, CA – August 1, 2014 – Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, motivational speaker and endurance sports product consultant, announces the launch of MarkAllenCoaching. Allen and the staff of MarkAllenCoaching apply his 20+ years of coaching knowledge, experience, and success to help athletes to reach their best potential and gain the most from their triathlon journey.

MarkAllenCoaching is ideal for triathletes of all levels of ability from first-timers to seasoned veterans and those with goals ranging from a local sprint distance finish to a world championship iron distance performance.

While Allen himself never had the benefit of a coach over his 15-year career as a world-class triathlete, he discovered how to be the best in the world through trial and error by scouring sports research periodicals looking for the most effective training methods, nutritional advice and injury prevention techniques, and then putting the information available to the ultimate test. Athletes who work with MarkAllenCoaching will directly benefit from his first-hand knowledge of what truly works in real-world training and racing.

MarkAllenCoaching offers two levels of online coaching utilizing the TrainingPeaks platform – a premium coaching package with unlimited individual support as well as a limited support package. Training programs are tailored to an individual athlete’s fitness levels and goals, but it’s not all about the numbers. What sets MarkAllenCoaching apart from others is the additional focus on the things that make a personal champion, like the incorporation of strength training and development of inner strength and character unique to the Mark Allen brand and consistent with Mark’s success established through six Kona victories and his recognition as “The Greatest Male Triathlete Of All Time and The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time”.

“MarkAllenCoaching represents a commitment to the timeless qualities that have defined champions through the ages while incorporating new knowledge and methods that enable an athlete to get the most out of their multisport journey,” explains Allen. “We are pleased to be trusted advisors and coaches to those who wish to push their athletic boundaries further than they thought possible.”

MarkAllenCoaching will officially launch this month. To learn more, visit the website at http://www.markallencoaching.com or the MarkAllenCoaching Facebook page.

About Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, endurance sports product consultant, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. For more information on Mark Allen, visit MarkAllenCoaching.com, art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, the Mark Allen Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip.

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GARMIN ANNOUNCES NEW AND CONTINUED SPONSORSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL TRIATHLETES

OLATHE, KS – July 17, 2014 – Garmin is excited to announce a partnership with professional triathlete Timothy O’Donnell, and continued sponsorships with current Garmin triathletes Jenny Fletcher and Ben Collins.

O’Donnell has two wins to date this season at Challenge St. Andrews and Ironman 70.3 St. Croix. He will race Ironman 70.3 Racine on July 20 as a Garmin Athlete.

O’Donnell remarked, “In a sport where records and seconds count, Garmin is an essential tool for training and racing.  Garmin is the leader in GPS technology for triathletes, cyclists, and runners. They continually and methodically raise the bar for their products, just as I strive to do with each race.”

Learn more about O’Donnell and other Garmin athletes at garmin.com/athletes.

About Timothy O’Donnell

Professional Triathlete and Navy veteran Timothy O’Donnell counts among his accomplishments nine Ironman 70.3 victories, an Ironman 140.6 win, six Armed Forces National Championships, and 21 professional career wins. He set the American Record for the Ironman distance at IM Brazil in 2013 and was the top American at the 2013 Kona IM World Championship, finishing fifth. O’Donnell is a former US Naval Officer with a MEng degree from UC Berkeley, and he is an active supporter of Team RWB. He resides in Boulder, Colorado with his spouse, professional triathlete Mirinda Carfrae. For more information, visit his timothyodonnell.com or Facebook page.

About Jenny Fletcher
Jenny Fletcher became a Garmin athlete in XXXX. In her professional career she has claimed 13 top-20 finishes, including a first place at the Ironman 70.3 Branson, fifth at the NYC Tri LTF Series, fifth at the Alp d’Huez Tri, and sixth at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

About Ben Collins
Ben Collins has been a Garmin sponsored athlete since 2008. He’s had wins at events including the Mont Tremblant 5150, Nautica South Beach Triathlon, ITU Premium Pan-American Cup, Nautica New York City Triathlon, 5150 New Orleans Triathlon, and more.

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MARK ALLEN ANNOUNCES THE ART OF COMPETITION RELEASE DATE

Book pairs Mark Allen quotes of athletic inspiration with stunning landscape photography of Nick Borelli

 SANTA CRUZ, CA – June 10, 2014 – Mark Allen, six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion, coach, award-winning author, and motivational speaker, announces the release date of the long-anticipated book The Art of Competition. Currently available for pre-order at art-of-competition.com, the book will ship August 19th.

The Art Of Competition features ninety of Mark Allen’s most thought-provoking and significant quotes, borne of his own spiritual and competitive journey, paired with symbolic and stunning two-page images from nature.

It was only when Mark Allen recast his journey from competition into art that he captured the elusive Ironman World Championship victory that led to a total of six successive wins. The chapters within The Art of Competition represent key themes that are vital to this process of turning competition into art – themes such as Change, Fear, and Being Stuck.

The Art of Competition is when a physical, visceral experience—filled with sweat and pain, with extreme control and pure gut-wrenching strength—transforms into a flow of movement, where you stop thinking about victory or failure and just become a vehicle for a truly great performance. This is when competition is transformed into art.

The quotes in The Art of Competition came to Mark while on retreat in Japan with his spiritual teacher Brant Secunda, nearly ten years after retiring from competition and Ironman racing. The words to explain the mindset he had found had eluded him to this point, then in the span of two days he had penned the quotes that encapsulated the mindset of a champion – thoughts that formed the backbone of The Art of Competition. Each quote is meant to release personal perfection in the moments that count most. The evocative photos are of scenes far more enduring or lasting than our individual successes.

In addition to The Art of Competition, 600 autographed Limited Edition copies will be issued featuring a bonus section of 24 expanded quotes with examples of how they can be applied.

Jim Collins, author of bestsellers Built to Last, Good to Great, and How the Mighty Fall, wrote in his forward, “That is the artistic gift, the ability to see or perhaps sense something others cannot quite put their finger on and use art to express it, and that is what Mark has done here. He has captured the inner terrain of the true competitor through photos and quotes, unlike anything I have seen before.”

This book is for anyone in business, sports, or life, who seeks to change a challenge into art, who needs a game-changing approach to a different outcome.

The Art Of Competition was enthusiastically funded through a Kickstarter campaign and is available for pre-order now at art-of-competition.com. Retailers interested in selling The Art Of Competition may contact Mindi Rowland (mrowland@ipgbook.com, 312.337.0747).

About Mark Allen

Mark Allen is a six-time Hawaii Ironman World Champion. He was named “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine, voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” by ESPN, and selected as “The Greatest Male Triathlete Of All Time” by Triathlete magazine. He is a motivational speaker, coach, and award-winning author. Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You, co-authored with Brant Secunda, received the prestigious Nautilus Book Award in the category of Health, Healing and Energetic Medicine in 2010. For more information on Mark Allen, visit art-of-competition.com, fitsoul-fitbody.com, markallenspeaking.com, the Mark Allen Facebook page, or follow him on Twitter at @MarkAllenGrip.

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes event, athlete, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

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TIMOTHY O’DONNELL AUCTIONS 140.6 RELAY TEAM SLOTS AT
CHALLENGE ATLANTIC CITY TO BENEFIT TEAM RWB

Auction Runs on eBay through May 27

DELRAY BEACH, FL – May 20, 2014 – World Champion Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell is excited to announce that he is seeking a cyclist and runner to join with him on a relay team to benefit Team RWB at the inaugural Challenge Atlantic City on June 29, 2014.

For his part in the 140.6 mile Challenge race, O’Donnell will complete the 2.4 mile swim in the back bays of Atlantic City, the team cyclist will ride the fast and flat 112 mile bike course, and the runner will cover 26.2 miles, finishing on the historic boardwalk of Atlantic City.

The relay slots will be auctioned on eBay, with the auction opening on May 22nd and closing on May 27th. All proceeds will directly benefit Team RWB and their mission to transform the reintegration of wounded veterans into society through sport and social engagement.

O’Donnell explains, “We think of triathlon as an individual sport, but it’s also an incredibly supportive community working together to encourage and celebrate one another. Racing as part of a relay team in a Challenge Family event to raise funds for the courageous veteran athletes of Team RWB, embraces this idea. I’m looking forward to a great swim at Challenge Atlantic City, passing my timing chip to my teammate in T1, and then cheering on my team and all the athletes on the course.”

Blayne Smith, Executive Director of Team RWB stated, “Team RWB is fortunate and proud to count Timothy O’Donnell as a member, coach, and advisor of our organization.  We are so thankful to Tim and his sponsors for their generous support and for allowing us to be a part this great event.”

In addition to the opportunity to compete and raise money and awareness for Team RWB, each of the two auction winners will also be awarded a great race package from some of T.O.’s sponsors:

Team RWB Relay winners receive:

  • Mavic Tri Helium cycling shoes
  • Newton Performance Trainer running shoes
  • Smith Optics Pivlock V2 glasses
  • Yurbuds Inspire Limited Edition Wireless earphones
  • Garmin Edge bike computer (cyclist)
  • Garmin Forerunner (runner)
  • FuelBelt Revenge R20 Hydration Belt
  • Pre/during/post race nutrition from CLIF Bar (CLIF Bars, CLIF Shots, CLIF hydration and recovery drinks)

Team RWB Relay winners also receive a full range of Team RWB gear:

  • Cycling or triathlon kit
  • Cycling Jacket
  • T-shirt
  • Polo Shirt

Rob Vigorito, Event Director for Challenge Atlantic City remarked, “Timothy’s relay team helps us to highlight the ‘Challenge Your Self, Race for a Cause’ theme that we fully embrace at our inaugural Challenge Atlantic City race weekend. We offer a top quality race experience that athletes have come to expect from Challenge races and can guarantee that Timothy and his teammates will have an unforgettable experience in the course of raising money for Team RWB.”

The bike slot and run slot auctions go are live on eBay on May 22nd and the auction closes on May 27th. Find the links on Challenge Atlantic City, TO, and Team RWB Facebook pages. All proceeds benefit Team RWB.

About Team RWB

Founded in 2010, Team Red, White and Blue chapters and communities deliver consistent, local opportunities for veterans and the community to connect through physical and social activity. They host weekly fitness activities, monthly social events, and participate in local races and events together. These programs are at the core of Team RWB’s mission. Additionally, Team RWB is leading six Veteran Athletic Camps in various sports throughout the year. The organization is also organizing The Old Glory Coast to Coast Relay this fall, where 500 team members will run a single American flag from San Francisco to Walter Reed Veterans’ Medical Hospital in Maryland. For more information visit TeamRWB.org or their Facebook page.

About Timothy O’Donnell

Professional Triathlete and Navy veteran Timothy O’Donnell counts among his accomplishments nine Ironman 70.3 victories, an Ironman 140.6 win, six Armed Forces National Championships, and 21 professional career wins. He set the American Record for the Ironman distance at IM Brazil in 2013 and was the top American at the 2013 Kona IM World Championship, finishing fifth. O’Donnell is a former US Naval Officer with a MEng degree from UC Berkeley, and he is an active supporter of Team RWB. He resides in Boulder, Colorado with his spouse, professional triathlete Mirinda Carfrae. For more information, visit his timothyodonnell.com or Facebook page.

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes event, athlete, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON TO INTEGRATE POINTSMAP TECHNOLOGY FOR ONLINE EVENT MAPPING 

Customizable maps are tailored to the needs of the athlete, spectator or resident

Wilmington, N.C. – March 27, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon announced today the addition of PointsMap technology to its event website. The addition of PointsMap will enable athletes, spectators, and residents to customize geographic information to suit their individual needs and interests for navigation and place identification.

The Google-based maps will show up-to-date swim, bike and run courses, with typical zoom and pan features embedded for navigation. In addition, by selecting specific checkboxes adjacent to the online area map, users may choose among a list of display options. For instance, triathletes may be interested in the location of aid stations, transition locations, bike support and the finish line. Spectators may customize their map to identify restaurants, entertainment and restrooms. Residents could be interested in traffic detours or viewing locations. Event sponsors may have information included about their products or services.

“We constantly seek ways to improve and enhance the race experience for athletes and all involved in the PPD Beach2Battleship iron and half-iron distance triathlon,” said Jeremey Davis, PPD Beach2Battleship race director. “We have a great event, and the addition of PointsMap will make it even better for participants. PointsMap will enable racers and their families to spend time enjoying the event and all that Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach offer.”

The annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, now in its seventh year, is produced by Set Up Events and benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. The event welcomes more than 2,000 athletes and their families to the mid-Atlantic destinations of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Recognized as one of the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine, the 2014 event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25. The full iron distance race includes a 2.4-mile swim in Banks Channel along Wrightsville Beach, a 112-mile bike through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties, and a full marathon of 26.2 miles that finishes in downtown Wilmington. The half-iron course is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run that also begins at Wrightsville Beach and ends in downtown Wilmington.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. More than 2,000 athletes, including 19 international competitors and triathletes from 42 U.S. states participated in the 2013 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 12,500 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About The Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for more than 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events produced more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

 

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WORLD CHAMPION TO RACE CHALLENGE NORTH AMERICA RACES

 

Challenge Family announced today that two-time World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae and Ironman Brazil Champion, Timothy O’Donnell will take part in two of their upcoming Challenge North American events. Carfrae, who won the World Championships in Hawaii for the second time in October, will race both Challenge Atlantic City and Challenge St Andrews in 2014. The Kona course record holder, who is originally from Australia, recently married fellow pro triathlete, Timothy O’Donnell, the top American finisher in Hawaii last year. O’Donnell, who also finished fifth overall in Hawaii and is considered one of the top long course triathletes in the world, will also be taking part in these Challenge Family races.

Challenge Family is a global series of 25 long course triathlons held in iconic destinations around the world. The series expanded into North America in 2013 with Canada’s Challenge Penticton. Historic Atlantic City, New Jersey, will hold the first full distance Challenge Family race to be held in the United States, taking place on June 29th. St Andrews, a seaside resort community in the Canadian Maritime Province of New Brunswick, will host a half distance race, and take place one week later on July 6th.

Robert Vigorito of Challenge Atlantic City and Scott Bevington of Challenge St Andrews were both delighted to have the sport’s golden couple racing with them.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have ‘Rinny’ and ‘TO’ taking part in these Challenge events in North America,” said Vigorito. “Together, these are two of the top triathletes in triathlon and we are delighted to have them with us as we debut in Atlantic City and then to race one week later in St. Andrews.”

Regarding the announcement, Carfrae commented, “I can’t wait to experience a new full distance race on the East Coast and welcome Challenge to North America. Both St Andrews and Atlantic City are new travel destinations for me. Although I won’t be going the distance in Atlantic City I’ll participate in the Challenge Aquabike soaking in the fast and flat bike course through vineyards and miles of blueberry fields as well as finishing on the historic boardwalk of Atlantic City. This format will allow me to cheer athletes on the run and the finish line. I’ll be racing the following weekend at Challenge St Andrews and looking forward to enjoying the hospitality and charm of this quaint seaside village located on the southern tip of New Brunswick.”

O’Donnell echoed Carfrae’s enthusiasm. “I’m excited to be on the starting line for both new Challenge Family events this summer. The venues of Atlantic City, NJ and St. Andrews, NB look like ideal race destinations. I’m honored to be racing in Atlantic City as part of a relay team, and then going for the win the following weekend in picturesque New Brunswick, Canada. With Challenge’s superb reputation for a great race experience, I know these inaugural events will be memorable for all the participants and their families!”

Along with taking part in the competitions, both athletes will be involved in a variety of activities during the race week. Both Challenge Atlantic City and Challenge St. Andrews will feature many activities for all members of the family, along with unique race expos leading up to the races.

The Challenge Family series of triathlons features 25 full and half distance races around the world, including the world’s largest long distance triathlon – Challenge Roth in Germany. The birthplace of the Challenge Family, Challenge Roth now features over 5,500 athletes and 220,000 spectators and home to both world records held by Andreas Raelert (GER) and Chrissie Wellington (GBR). Since 2002, races throughout Europe, UK, Australasia, Asia and North America have joined Roth. Together they provide athletes with a new experience of long distance racing with a strong focus on athlete and spectator experience, giving back to the community while respecting the legacy of sport and being committed to its continued growth. For further information on Challenge Family visit www.challenge-family.com.

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VASA RELEASES DAY IN THE LIFE OF ALEX MEYER VIDEO

 Vasa Ambassador Athlete and Olympic long distance swimmer offers glimpse into the lifestyle of a professional swimmer

ESSEX JUNCTION, VT – February 26, 2014 – Vasa, Inc., manufacturer of the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer dry-land swim trainers, announce the release of “A Day in the Life of Alex Meyer, USA Open Water Swimming National Champion & 2012 Olympian”. This video features Vasa sponsored athlete Alex Meyer as he prepares physically and mentally to compete with the world’s best swimmers.

This seven-minute video and accompanying interview can be found on the Vasa Blog at vasatrainer.com/blog/.

The documentary follows Alex Meyer through a typical day — including early morning swim practices at Harvard’s Blodgett pool, demanding functional training at Sayco Performance, open water swims at the legendary Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, and time-efficient power based dry-land swim-specific training on Vasa Trainers and Vasa Swim Ergometers. He reveals his secrets of swimming faster, the role of healthy nutrition, and the importance of proper recovery. Alex Meyer shares what motivates him to train and race at the Olympic and World Class athlete level, which includes a commitment to his close friend and mentor, the late Fran Crippen.

“It’s an honor to be associated with an athlete who exhibits tremendous character in and out of sport. We are pleased to support Alex in his dream of achieving success at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio,” remarked Vasa founder and CEO Rob Sleamaker.

Meyer explains, “when I can’t get to the water, I rely on the Vasa Swim Ergometer, spending a good 30-45 minutes on it before I’m totally wiped out.”

Upcoming events for the open water swimmer include the FINA 10K Marathon Swimming World Cup on April 5 in Manzanillo, Mexico and the Crippen Cup 10K Marathon Invitational on April 12 in Fort Myers, Florida.

About Vasa, Inc.

Since 1988, Vasa has produced premium quality training equipment for sports, fitness and rehabilitation. For decades, Olympic-level swimmers, swim coaches, triathletes, triathlon coaches, and dry-land conditioning coaches worldwide have selected the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer to dramatically improve performance for swimmers, surfers, paddlers, skiers, triathletes and those seeking total-body fitness. Vasa Trainers and Vasa Swim and Paddle Ergometers are designed and made with attention to detail and quality in Vermont. For more information about Vasa, Inc., visit vasatrainer.com, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter (@vasatrainer), and YouTube.

About Alex Meyer

Alex attended Harvard University where he was a two-time All Ivy League Swimmer, All-American, and 5-time Ivy League Champion under Coach Tim Murphy. His senior year he received the Harold S. Ulen Award as the career high-point swimmer, and the Phil Moriarty Award as the high-point swimmer at the Ivy League Championships. Since September, Alex has been swimming with Kevin Tyrrell, Harvard Men’s Varsity head coach and Kyle Shack, head coach of Crimson Aquatics. Alex won gold at the 2010 25K Open Water World Championships, gold in the 2011 10K U.S. Open Water Championships, and 4th in 2011 10K Open Water World Championships in Shanghai, China. At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Meyer placed tenth in the 10k. For more information on Alex, see his website at alexmeyerswimming.com.

 

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LAUREN GOSS ANNOUNCES SPONSORS AND COACHING FOR 2014 RACE SEASON

 Coach Dave Scott preparing the short-course pro triathlete for 5150 and Rev3 series races

 

DELRAY BEACH, FL – February 12, 2014 – fortyninegroup is pleased to announce the full list of sponsors supporting professional triathlete Lauren Goss for her 2014 race season.

In January, Lauren was named to the Trek Factory Racing Team and will ride the Trek Speed Concept 9.9 Series with Bontrager Aeolus wheels, and the ISM Time Trial saddle. Campagnolo EPS components, SRM power meter, and high performance coatings from Atomic will complete her bike setup. TYR race and swim gear, Zero-Drop shoes from Altra, compression from 110%, and sunglasses from Smith Sport Optics will have her training, racing and recovering comfortably and efficiently. Normatec and Garmin bring their support to Lauren’s training and racing as well.

First Endurance will continue to partner with Lauren and provide nutritional guidance as well as nutrition products and supplements for racing and training. Biotta beet juice has come on board as Lauren’s everyday juice sponsor as well for the next few years.

In addition, Lauren has relocated to Boulder, Colorado to train under the guidance of 6-time Kona Ironman World Champion, Dave Scott. Her 2014 race season includes 13 events and will target the 5150 series races and Rev3 Olympic and select Half Iron distance races.

“I am really excited for this coming race season with Coach Dave Scott and support from sponsors who are providing great quality equipment and nutrition. I will line up at the race start knowing I have an edge with trusted multisport companies behind me.”

Commenting on Lauren’s 2014 season, Simon Thompson, Sports Marketing Director, for Trek Bicycles said “Lauren has risen very quickly through the ranks to one of the best elite women on the circuit. With so much untapped potential, now she has secured the best coaching & equipment we look forward to a very long and successful partnership.”

In 2013, Lauren completed 17 races, with 3 wins, 3 second place finishes, and 3 third place finishes. She currently leads the Rev3 standings and she was third overall in the Life Time Tri series last year. Lauren starts her 2014 season at the Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, Mexico on March 16th.

Follow Lauren Goss through her blog, Facebook, and Twitter (@lauren_goss) and by subscribing to her newsletter.

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes athletes, events, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

 

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Trek Factory Racing Announces 2014 Roster

International fifteen-athlete team features wide range of World Champions, Olympians, and tomorrow’s biggest names

(Waterloo, WI) – In 2014, Trek will unify and broaden its triathlon presence under the Trek Factory Racing banner. The premiere season for the new international triathlon program will feature a fifteen-athlete roster featuring some of the sports’ most notable IronMan threats, established short distance competitors, as well as a promising core of youth competing across a wide range of triathlon disciplines. All team members will deploy the Trek Speed Concept 9 Series and have access to a full arsenal of Bontrager wheels and speed product and as always the unrivaled race support of Trek’s Waterloo-based Race Shop.

Headlining the fresh faces on the 2014 roster is triathlon super-couple Greg (AUS) and Laura Bennett (USA). The Bennett’s mantle houses three top-five Olympic results as well as wins and podiums at most of triathlons biggest professional races. Their move to Trek Factory Racing for the 2014 season will help the team expand its presence in Olympic distance racing. “The races are getting faster and the margins of victory smaller, said Greg Bennett. “I had to find a brand that would work closely with me and back me a hundred percent. When I looked at all of the options, Trek was the answer.”

Welcoming the Bennetts to the program are returning Trek athletes Lindsey Corbin (USA), Tim O’Donnell (USA), Julie Dibens (GBR), Melanie McQuaid (USA), Joe Gambles (AUS), Matt Lieto (USA), Rebekah Keat (AUS), and Fraser Cartmell (SCO). O’Donnell is coming off of an impressive 2013 season in which he set the course record on his way to winning Ironman Brazil and has his sights on big things in 2014. “After a fantastic first season riding Trek, I am thrilled to see the development and launch of the Trek Factory Racing Team,” said O’Donnell. “It has been 12 years since an American has won the Ironman World Championships and with the support of Trek Factory Racing, I plan to end that streak!”

Corbin’s 2013 season, her second aboard Trek, included a win at the Mont-Tremblant 70.3 and a top ten finish at the Ironman World Championships. “Personally, I will be focusing on Kona in 2014.” Corbin said when asked about her upcoming year. “All of my races between now and October will be working towards my ultimate goal: winning in Kona. I plan to compete in several domestic 70.3 events this spring and early summer and will make my second appearance in Europe at an Iron-distance event mid-summer.”

In addition to experienced triathlon veterans, Trek Factory Racing welcomes several promising young talents to the team’s inaugural roster. Lauren Goss (USA) will make her debut aboard Trek in 2014 after a season that included wins across the United States’ Short Course circuit. Goss has quickly risen through the ranks and has developed a formidable record as one of the fastest Olympic, non-drafting triathletes in the world. At just 21 Ben Kanute (USA) and James Hodge (AUS) are the youngest members of the team and represent the future of a range of triathlon’s distances. The two-time Junior Elite National Champion and Team USA World Team Championships member, Kanute, will look to learn from his veteran teammates as he pursues success in ITU and Short Course racing in 2014. Hodge will look to improve on his podium finish at the 2013 Ironman 70.3 Brussels.

Trek Factory Racing’s 2014 roster is rounded out by two of triathlon’s most recognizable athletes, Jenny Fletcher (USA) as well as 2013 IronMan Switzerland podium and IronMan World Championship top 10 finisher, Mathias Hect (SUI).

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Newton Running Sponsors Pro Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell

Top American at the 2013 Ironman World Championships joins Newton’s pro athlete team

JANUARY 15, 2014 (Boulder, Colo.)—Newton Running, the official run course and shoe sponsor of IRONMAN® in the United States, today signed a one-year contract with professional triathlete Timothy O’Donnell, who was the top American finisher at the 2013 Ironman World Championships, placing fifth. Originally from Shaverton, Pennsylvania, O’Donnell now lives in Boulder, Colorado, and is the first American on Newton’s pro athlete roster, joining the likes of Rachel Joyce, Craig Alexander, Heather Fuhr, Chis Legh, Tim Berkel, Chris McDonald, Paula Newby-Fraser and Michellie Jones.

“Tim is a great addition to the Newton tribe, which includes athletes who are not only world-class in their sport, but are first and foremost amazing people who give back to the community,” says Newton Running Athlete Team Manager Andrew Maxwell. “Plus, Tim’s military background and support of organizations like Team Red, White and Blue align well with how Newton has always supported our service men and women.”

Newton Running has long offered eligible military service members special discounts at www.NewtonRunning.com and hosted clinics about healthier and more efficient running techniques at U.S. military bases domestically and abroad.

Prior to becoming a professional triathlete, Timothy O’Donnell, 33, served in the United States Navy, becoming an officer in the Special Ops Community after graduating from the United States Naval Academy. During his Naval career, O’Donnell won six consecutive Armed Forces Championships. Since going pro in 2009, O’Donnell, or “TO”, has racked up 20 professional career wins, including IRONMAN® Brazil in 2013, where he set a course record (8:01:32).

“Newton brings so much to the table: dedication to the science of running, fun and exciting marketing, the family support of a hometown company and of course, unbelievable shoes,” says O’Donnell. “I’ve already noticed a fresh ‘pop’ in my run stride and I can’t wait to unleash the Newton advantage in Kona!”

As a member of Team Red, White and Blue, a non-profit organization that helps wounded military veterans re-integrated into society through social and physical activity, O’Donnell raises awareness for the challenges facing returning veterans. The cause is personal for O’Donnell, whose friend and former Naval Academy triathlon teammate Dan Cnossen, lost both his legs in combat.

About Newton Running

Boulder, Colorado-based Newton Running is the leader in performance running shoes that are designed to actively support and strengthen natural running motion. Newton Running’s patented  Action/Reaction™ technology provides highly responsive cushioning and protection plus ground feel, minimal heel-to-toe drop and lightweight comfort. Newton Running form clinics, hosted in partnership with specialty running retailers worldwide, help runners learn their natural running motion. Newton Running is proudly committed to social responsibility and supports numerous charitable organizations. www.NewtonRunning.com 

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SET UP EVENTS OFFERS HALF-IRON DISTANCE SERIES FOR 2014

 

Nine Races offered in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland and Virginia from April through October

 

WILMINGTON, NC – January 14, 2014 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest race production companies, announces nine half-iron distance events 2014. These events will take place in some of the most scenic and welcoming communities in the east including: Ellijay, Georgia; Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; White Lake, Canton, and Wilmington, North Carolina; Spotsylvania and Williamsburg, Virginia; and Rock Hall and Deep Creek State Park, Maryland.

Within the series, triathletes can select among ocean, lake, or bay swims; flat, rolling, or hilly bike and run courses; and easy, moderate, or difficult challenges. Then at the last race of the season, PPD Beach2Battleship, athletes can opt for the full-iron distance option.

Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events, noted that “The Set Up region from Florida to Maryland offers such rich diversity in topography and climate that our athletes don’t have to travel far to find a unique race environment.”

In addition to the half-iron series, Set Up also offers 50 sprint triathlons and 19 International/Olympic distance races plus youth, duathlon, cycling, and running events. Set Up has been managing, directing, and timing races since 1994 and is noted for high production standards delivered consistently across all events.

“Set Up offers a wide range of race experiences and distances to support the needs of our region’s triathletes from the time they enter the sport as novices on through their development as veterans. We’re excited to offer this series to triathletes of all levels.” explains Bill Scott, Founder and CEO of Set Up Events.

The nine races in the 2014 Set Up Events half-iron series include:

April 12 – White Lake Half – NC

April 19 – TryCharleston Half – SC

May 4 – Mountain Madness – GA

May 10 – Kinetic Half – VA

August 2 – Lake Logan Half – NC

September 6 – Patriots Half – VA

September 14 – Savageman Half – MD

October 4 – Waterman’s Half – MD

October 25 – PPD Beach2Battleship – NC

The full schedule and registration information can be found at setupevents.com.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014 Set Up Events will produce over 150 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

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FORTYNINEGROUP NAMED EXCLUSIVE AD SALES AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AGENCY FOR BEGINNERTRIATHLETE.COM

Company will develop ad sales to further BeginnerTriathlete.com’s exceptional growth  

DELRAY BEACH, FL – October 2, 2013 – fortyninegroup, a leading endurance sports strategy and marketing agency, announced today that it will be the exclusive ad sales and business development agency for BeginnerTriathlete.com, a long-standing and highly respected online resource for new and experienced triathletes. BeginnerTriathlete has over 360,000 registered users who benefit from the extensive training plans, resources, articles, gear reviews, discounts, race finder, a calendar-based interactive training log, and the popular online forums and classifieds.

Launched in 2003, BeginnerTriathlete.com is ranked as one of the top triathlon websites in the U.S. and globally, with more than 2.3 million visits monthly. fortyninegroup will work to bring BeginnerTriathlete.com to the next level of its evolution, furthering the mission to “help triathletes reap all the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the sport.”

Ronald Shea, founder and CEO of BeginnerTriathlete.com explains, “We are proud of the tremendous community of athletes that we serve and we strive to be the one-stop resource for those entering, training, competing and making purchasing decisions as triathletes.”

“BeginnerTriathlete’s reach with endurance sports athletes in the early and maturing stages of their involvement in triathlon provides an ideal venue for endemic advertisers and partners,” states John Jones, fortyninegroup’s CEO. “By directing the ad sales and business development components of BeginnerTriathlete.com, we allow Ron and his team to focus on cultivating information on the site and overseeing the extensive community of endurance sports enthusiasts that BT reaches.”

Companies interested in advertising on BeginnerTriathlete.com can e-mail BeginnerTriathlete@fortyninegroup.com for the BeginnerTriathlete.com Media Kit, advertising rates and availability.

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes event, athlete, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

About BeginnerTriathlete.com

BeginnerTriathlete.com is designed to be the most useful, helpful and supportive website possible for people who want to participate in triathlon and reap all the physical, mental and spiritual benefits that can come from it. The site offers triathlon training programs, instruction, tips, and gear reviews for the swim, bike and run. Members have access to training logs, discussion forums, articles, and many important resources.  For more information about BeginnerTriathlete.com, visit the website or Facebook page.

 

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ANNOUNCED FOR APRIL 26, 2014 IN ARAPAHOE, NC

Qualified athletes will race for free at first Invitational Championship Race

WILMINGTON, NC – August 23, 2013 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, announces that the first invitational ‘Set Up Cup’ Championship Race will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Arlington Place in Minnesott Beach along the Neuse River. Athletes who have raced in five or more of the 18 Set Up Cup qualifiers will compete, with no registration fee, for top prizes in open, master’s and age group categories. Set Up offers the registration-free race to reward these athletes’ commitment to the sport of triathlon.

Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events, explained, “this umbrella race series has allowed triathletes to expand their race experiences beyond their home race series while striving for an exciting year-end qualification and championship racing goal. It will be a championship-caliber race weekend at a stunning new venue.”

With just a few months of the 2013 race season remaining, athletes are encouraged to complete their final qualifying races in the Set Up Cup Series. Six races of sprint, international, and half distances are still to come in Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, and Maryland.  Many athletes have already qualified and many others are just a race or two away from earning their spot at this very special race. The full schedule can be found at the Set Up Cup website. 

In addition to Saturday’s championship race, the AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series is hosting an open sprint distance race on Sunday, April 27.

The 18 events in the Set Up Cup series include three events from each of the Set Up Events race series in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the TrySports Triathlon Series. The series includes sprint, international, and half iron distance events.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON MARKS ITS SIXTH YEAR

Annual race is the largest triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic region

WILMINGTON, N.C., (June 20, 2013) – On Oct. 26, more than 2,000 athletes, representing nearly all 50 states and many countries will travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest triathlon – the PPD Beach2Battleship.

Rated one of the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine, and one of the top 20 triathlons in the world by Men’s Health magazine, PPD Beach2Battleship is known for its fast swim, flat sweeping ride and festive finish in downtown Wilmington. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA, supporting programs in the local community.

Now in its sixth year, the triathlon is sponsored by PPD, a global contract research organization headquartered in Wilmington, N.C. PPD sponsors the event to raise awareness about the importance of participating in clinical trials and their crucial role in developing tomorrow’s life-changing medicines for patients in need.

Athletes can register for the PPD Beach2Battleship iron and half iron distance triathlon at Beach2Battleship.com. PPD Beach2Battleship is produced by Set Up Events, one of the largest triathlon production companies in the United States, with more than 150 events produced in eight states annually.

 About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 12,500 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

 About the Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for nearly 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

 About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2013 Set Up Events will produce over 150 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com. Participants can also follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

Timothy O’Donnell News Release: Timothy O'Donnell - Wins in Florianopolis

FIRST IN FLORIANOPOLIS – TIMOTHY O’DONNELL WINS IRONMAN BRAZIL

 TO Ties U.S. Pro Record for Ironman Distance Race at 8:01:32

 

MIAMI, FL – May 29, 2013 – U.S. Professional Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell dominated Ironman Brazil in Sunday’s race in Florianopolis, winning in a course record 8:01:32 In winning, Timothy clocked the fastest bike spilt of the day at 4:22:23 followed by the day’s fastest run split at 2:50:18 Timothy’s closest competitor, Brazil’s Igor Amorelli, finished 18:08 back in second place.

Florianopolis marks TO’s first win at the Ironman distance. The 8:01:32 time is exceptionally notable as it ties a 24 year-old record for a U.S. Pro at the Ironman distance. The U.S. Pro record, 8:01:32, was set by six-time Ironman World Champion, Dave Scott, at Ironman Japan in 1989. While sub-8 hour Ironman times have since been achieved by triathletes from outside the U.S., with the exception of Dave Scott, no US Pro has ever come this close to a sub-8 hour time at the Ironman distance.

Summing up his win, Timothy O’Donnell said “In winning Ironman Brazil, and tying the U.S. Pro record on Memorial Day weekend, I feel privileged to honor veterans who have served in the Navy and all branches of our military. It was one of those days where everything went perfectly, and really sets up the rest of my 2013 race season. I want to thank everyone who helped get me to the starting line as well as the team in Florianopolis for putting on a fantastic race. I’m looking ahead to the 70.3 and Ironman World Championships later this year.”

 

About Timothy O’Donnell

 

Timothy O’Donnell is recognized as one of the world’s top professional triathletes. TO is the 2012 and 2010 Ironman 70.3 U.S. Pro Champion. Timothy was the 2011 Ironman U.S. Pro Champion. He has won multiple 70.3 championships, and is a former ITU World Champion. TO’s sponsors include TREK, K-Swiss, Castelli, CLIF Bar, Mavic, Compex, Aqua Sphere, Campagnolo, Ken Glah’s Endurance Sports Travel, Rudy Project, FuelBelt, Yurbuds and BIO Power. For more information about Timothy O’Donnell, visit his company’s website or Facebook page, or follow TO on Twitter.

Timothy O’Donnell News Release: Compex Logo

COMPEX SIGNS MULTISPORT SUPER-COUPLE TIMOTHY O’DONNELL AND MIRINDA CARFRAE

Compex Becomes The Exclusive Provider For Electrostimulation In Training and Recovery

Boulder, CO – April 19, 2013 – DJO Global/Compex is proud to announce a multi-year sponsorship agreement with multisport “super couple” Timothy O’Donnell and Mirinda Carfrae. “T.O. and Rinny will both be utilizing Compex for their training and recovery needs as they target the Ironman World Championships this year in Kona HI. O’Donnell is the reigning US 70.3 Pro Champion, former Ironman US Pro Champion and former ITU Long Distance World Champion. Carfrae has held both the Ironman World Championship title as well as the Ironman 70.3 World Champion title.

O’Donnell states, “My Compex Sport Elite is a great part of my training and recovery regimen.  Training for three different sports doesn’t leave much extra time for gym work but with my Compex I can build strength in a short time frame.  My Compex is critical for recovery as well.  The recovery and massage settings on the Sport Elite model allow me to take care of my body, especially when I don’t have time for bodywork or when I’m traveling and I don’t have access to other recovery modes.” “Thanks Compex!”

“Rinny” says, “Compex is a crucial part of my recovery. Ironman racing is demanding and I love that I can recover faster and more efficiently and get more out I my training everyday. The system is small and convenient and perfect for post race flights home. I am excited about the partnership and looking forward to promoting the importance of recovery.”

“Timothy and Mirinda are both class acts,” says Ryan Dolan, Sales and Marketing Director for Compex. “They are two of the most consistent athletes in triathlon. Both are a serious threat to win any time they toe the line. In addition to results, both are well respected within the endurance sports community and we are happy to have them as part of the DJO Global/Compex team.”

About Compex

Compex is the global leader in electrostimulation.

Over the past 20 years, Compex has developed into the leader in electrotherapy through extensive research and innovation. Compex’s flagship electrostimulation devices have become an essential ally to health care professionals and the most demanding athletes. 
It is now a widely known training technique, used for physical preparation, muscular recovery, and injury prevention.

Compex enables you to achieve enhanced muscle performance. With Compex you can…

  • Build muscle strength and size
  • Improve power
  • Increase endurance
  • Optimize muscle recovery
  • Get the ultimate muscle warm up

Rehabilitation, pain relief, recovery, muscular reinforcement, physical beauty…whether you are a professional athlete or a weekend-warrior, Compex electrostimulation devices enable you to achieve, and perhaps exceed your training objectives.

Multisport Performance Institute News Release:  120912_Team-MPI-logo

TEAM MPI EXPANDS TO MISSISSIPPI, OFFERS PORTOFINO SUNSET TRI SERIES FOR THIRD YEAR

 Team MPI adds USAT Certified Coach Allen Stanfield to the coaching staff and begins nine-race Portofino Sunset Tri series on April 25.   

 

Pensacola, FL – March 27, 2013 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), announced today that USAT Level 1 coach Allen Stanfield has joined coaches John Murray, Mark Sortino, Peter Harsch, and Dustin Yonke to provide personalized multisport and run coaching. With the addition of Stanfield, Team MPI extends its presence from the northern panhandle of Florida and San Diego regions to the Gulfport, Mississippi area. While MPI’s coached athletes span the US, this expands the group’s physical reach.

Allen Stanfield is an accomplished triathlete and runner as well as the current president of Gulfport’s rapidly growing triathlon club. He earned the USAT All-American Honorable Mention distinction and has qualified the last four years for Age Group Nationals. Stanfield has overall wins at races from 1 mile to half marathon distance, is a Boston Marathon qualifier, and has overall wins at sprint triathlon and duathlons. He brings with him a wealth of experience, knowledge, and an infectious enthusiasm for the sport.

MPI President John Murray remarked, “Coach Allen enjoys working with athletes of all abilities and experience levels to help each reach their individual goals whether that is to complete their first race, reach the podium, or break through to new levels of performance. We are very happy to welcome him to our coaching team.”

MPI also announced that registration is now open for the third annual Portofino Sunset Tri Series presented by Infinity Bikes. The nine sanctioned Super Sprint distance triathlons are held on Thursday evenings from April through August and include a women-only race and a relay-only race. The 2012 series was a tremendous success with the 2013 season utilizing the same unique venue of the Portofino Island Resort, and the pristine setting of Pensacola Beach and the Santa Rosa Sound. The limited field, short distances, and focus on fun appeals to new triathletes as well as veteran racers.

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Team MPI provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Team MPI offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, MPI Performance Plans, MPI Customized Performance Plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and Team Semper Fi. Team MPI also provides specialty services in swim video analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Team MPI produces the popular and successful Portofino Sunset Tri Series and directs the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon. They also founded the Sea Turtle Tri and Maritime DeLuna Du.

Endurance Films News Release:Endurance Films Logo

ENDURANCE FILMS BECOMES AN OFFICIAL SPONSOR OF RACE2REBUILD

 Moving video promotes racing program in support of the reconstruction of homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy 

 

Louisville, KY – March 27, 2013 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, is pleased to announce their official sponsorship of Race2Rebuild, an organization dedicated to rebuilding homes destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. A poignant Endurance Films-produced promo video, featured on the Race2Rebuild website, captures Sandy’s devastation in hard-hit New York communities and compels athletes to get involved and contribute directly to the rebuilding efforts, restoration, and hope.

“We’re truly honored to sponsor Race2Rebuild and to help them get their message out through our work,” said Danny Kolker, Endurance Films VP, “The potential to make a tangible difference in such a worthy cause is both creatively and spiritually fulfilling.”

Through Race2Rebuild, runners and triathletes raise funds, train, and race to support reconstruction in areas most affected by Hurricane Sandy. In this inaugural year of Race2Rebuild, athletes may race as an individual or a team at two designated events – the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon or NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon. Athletes will then have the opportunity to meet the Rebuilding Together Sponsored Family at the finish and later volunteer with Rebuilding Together to rebuild their homes.

“Race2Rebuild is truly inspired by the commitment of Endurance Films to stand with us as we rebuild communities, homes and lives through racing,” said Sarah Hartmann, Race2Rebuild Founder and President. “The passion, effort and expertise they poured into our first video was truly remarkable and we’re so pleased to have them as our sponsor.”

As a proud sponsor and video production services provider for Race2Rebuild, Endurance Films encourages athletes participating in either the Aquaphor NYC Triathlon or NYRR Staten Island Half Marathon to compete under the Race2Rebuild banner. Registration information can be found at Race2Rebuild.org

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon, and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

About Race2Rebuild

Race2Rebuild was created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy to support rebuilding efforts. It funds Rebuilding Together’s disaster relief projects, which to date have served over 3.2 million people, is in the top 1% of all charities, and has rebuilt over 1000 homes in New Orleans post-Katrina. Race2Rebuild is powered by a 100% volunteer team of athletes, skilled professionals, sponsors, partners and board of directors. For more information, visit Race2Rebuild or the Race2Rebuild Facebook page.

Timothy O’Donnell News Release:Castelli Logo

CASTELLI TRIATHLON SIGNS MIRINDA CARFRAE AND TIMOTHY O’DONNELL

Ironman stars to train and compete in Italian brand’s advanced triathlon and cycling apparel

 

26 March, 2013 (Portland, OR) Castelli has signed Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell, of the high-powered Trek/K-Swiss Triathlon Team, to exclusive apparel contracts for 2013. The sponsorships are further evidence of the Italian brand’s continued expansion in the triathlon market, which also included the establishment earlier this year of a separate, dedicated triathlon division within the company.

Carfrae and O’Donnell will race exclusively in Castelli apparel and use the company’s unparalleled cycling line for all bike training. Additionally, both athletes will provide testing and feedback throughout the season as Castelli continues to push the technical boundaries with its triathlon offerings.

“The Castelli apparel looks great and feels great on,” said Carfrae, who won the 2010 Ironman World Championship, the first of three straight podium finishes for her at Kona. “The company’s attention to detail combined with Italian fabrication is evident in every piece. I look forward to being involved with their triathlon launch.”

O’Donnell, Carfrae’s teammate and fiancé, will also be targeting Kona this year. A former ITU Long Distance World Champion and longtime Ironman 70.3 standout, the former Naval officer has turned his attentions to full Ironmans and finished eighth in Kona last year. He’ll definitely be one to watch in October as he tries to become the first American man to win in Kona since 2002.

“I’m excited to be partnering with Castelli, a legendary brand in cycling, as the company now makes its mark in triathlon apparel,” O’Donnell said.

About Castelli

Castelli apparel has always represented the finest in Italian quality and innovation for cyclists seeking maximum performance. With roots that trace back to 1876, Castelli has a long history of cycling-industry firsts, including the first Lycra racing shorts, the first colored shorts, the first sublimation-printed jerseys, the first windproof membranes, the first anatomic seatpad, the lightest jersey ever produced, and the most aerodynamic jersey ever produced. www.castelli-cycling.com

 

Set Up Events News Release:Set Up Events Logo

SET UP EVENTS ROLLS WITH KARBON SPEED

Karbon Speed Becomes the Official Race Wheel Rental Partner of Set Up Events

Wilmington, NC – March 22, 2013 – Set Up Events, the leading producer of triathlons, running and endurance events, announced today that it has partnered with Karbon Speed as its Official Race Wheel Rental Partner.

Starting today, participants in any of Set Up Events more than 140 individual triathlons, will be able to rent Karbon Speed racing wheels when they register online for any race through SetUpEvents.com. Karbon Speed wheel rentals will be available for every race in the each Set Up Events series including the AAA Car Care North & South Carolina Triathlon Series, TrySports Triathlon Series, Virginia Triathlon Series, Maryland Triathlon Series, and Georgia Triathlon Series.

Participants will be able to rent the Karbon Speed Element Series or the XA Series Race Wheel, including wheels, Continental Tire (GatorSkin or GP4000S) and a cassette selection.

“Karbon Speed is proud to offer wheel rentals to Set Up Events’ race participants. With the number of races Set Up puts on, and the distances from Sprint to Full Iron, we know that their participants will appreciate both the ease of our rental program, and the performance level our race wheels offer,” said Mark Mulch, President of Karbon Speed.

“We’re very excited to partner with Karbon Speed and their new wheel rental program. We wanted a seamless process for our competitors, where they could order wheel rentals at registration and Karbon Speed has delivered,” said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events. “This will be a great benefit to all our race participants – whether they’re beginners or experienced, Karbon Speed wheel rentals will get help them be their best on race day.”

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2013 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

TriCrowd News Release:TriCrowd Logo

FORTYNINEGROUP ANNOUNCES RE-LAUNCH OF TRICROWD

 Pro and Age Group Triathlete Blog Network Expands for 2013

MIAMI, FL – March 6, 2013 – fortyninegroup, a leading endurance sports strategy and marketing agency, announced today that it has assumed management and ownership of TriCrowd.com. Founded in 2010, TriCrowd grew as a dedicated community of age group bloggers and triathlon enthusiasts, sharing their personal multisport stories of racing and training, successes and setbacks, injury and recovery.

The re-launch of TriCrowd.com brings the additional voices of globally-recognized professional triathletes, who will share their own unique perspective on training and racing at the sport’s highest level. Among the professionals are Timothy O’Donnell, Leanda Cave, Andrew Starykowicz, Meredith Kessler, Sarah Haskins and Lauren Goss. Joining the current featured bloggers including Swim Bike Mom, Joel of TriMadness, and Cort The Sport are paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell, Jeff Irvin of Dangle The Carrot, and Sarah of Chasing Down The Dream.

Cortney Martin, who blogs as Cort The Sport, is TriCrowd.com’s new site manager.  Professional and age group triathletes, as well as coaches, are invited to add their blog links to TriCrowd.com to provide readers with diverse perspectives and a comprehensive index of multisport blogs. Followers of triathlon are invited to join TriCrowd’s audience of more than 7,600 fans on the TriCrowd Facebook page.

John Jones, fortyninegroup’s CEO stated “From pros through age group participants, one of the main draws of triathlon is our shared experiences in the sport. With TriCrowd, we want to encourage this, and provide a network for the experience of triathlon on a larger scale.”

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes athletes, event, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

 

Endurance Films News Release: Endurance Films Logo

ENDURANCE FILMS PARTNERS WITH LEGENDARY RUNNING COACH BOBBY MCGEE

 New on-demand run training video series available soon

Louisville, KY – March 7, 2013 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced that it has wrapped principal photography on a landmark online running video training course developed and presented by legendary coach Bobby McGee. Renowned as one of the world’s leading authorities in the sport and coach to many World and Olympic champion runners and triathletes, McGee also has a passion for passing on his knowledge to age-groupers – a passion that fueled his tireless efforts in designing the new online series.   The first segments of the course are set to roll out by the end of March, with the full series being available some time in April. Athletes can find course details and additional Bobby McGee training resources here: BOBBY MCGEE COURSE DETAILS

Endurance Films has shot and will oversee all aspects of post-production and video content management for this comprehensive run training resource. “We were honored that Bobby recognized the value and expertise Endurance Films brings to this type of video production,” said Endurance Films CEO, Eric Feller.”

“Bobby is such an amazing teacher who communicates so effectively that runners are sure to see an immediate improvement in performance,” added Danny Kolker, Endurance Films VP, “And the fact that this will be digitally delivered as an online course is so exciting. I can’t wait to finish working on it so I can use the videos myself.”

Bobby McGee is just one of the leading endurance sports coaches and brands to partner with Endurance Films. Other coaching partners include Mark Allen, Joe Friel and Jeff Galloway. Corporate partners include CLIF Bar, New Balance, Cervélo, Champion System, XTERRA Wetsuits, USA Triathlon, USA Cycling and many more.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the premier film production company of USA Triathlon and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

 

Timothy O’Donnell News Release:

AQUA SPHERE ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF TRIATHLETE TIMOTHY O’DONNELLAqua Sphere Logo

Leading Swim Brand Endorses ITU Long-Course World Champion


February 6, 2013 (Vista, CA)―Aqua Sphere, the worldwide aquatic brand of choice for swim gear, is pleased to announce the signing of the reigning US Pro 70.3 Champion, and 6-time US Armed Forces Champion, Timothy O’Donnell. The US Naval Academy Graduate and Navy Veteran is coming off a strong season that included a coveted top-10 finish at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI, 2 overall event wins, including the Ironman 70.3 US-Pro Championship, and multiple podium finishes on the Ironman circuit.

Kicking off his new partnership with Aqua Sphere, O’Donnell will start his 2013 season at a familiar race, the Ironman 70.3 San Juan, where he previously claimed top honors as a 2-time winner of the event.  He will toe the line in 2013 wearing Aqua Sphere’s groundbreaking Phantom wetsuit, K180 goggles, and Energize Speedsuit in pursuit of another first out of the water accolade.

“I am beyond excited to join forces with the leading wetsuit and goggle provider in the industry.  Aqua Sphere’s range of high quality swim products made them the natural choice when considering my sponsors for this next season,” said Timothy O’Donnell “Their Phantom wetsuit is incredibly flexible with great core support and the K180s provide me with an excellent range of vision in a small package without sacrificing comfort. I’m honored to join the team and represent Aqua Sphere in the water.”

O’Donnell joins the Aqua Sphere roster of Ironman, Ironman 70.3, and ITU Long Course champions, including Faris Al Sultan, Terenzo Bozzone, Luke Mckenzie, Rachel Joyce, Heather Wurtele, and Annabel Luxford.  To match his incredible talent and potential O’Donnell enters 2013 with an impressive list of goals.  He aspires to earn slots on both podiums at the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, as well as the Ironman World Championships in October.  Podiums in Kona and Las Vegas would be a cherry on top of TO’s already decorated career which includes multiple 70.3 titles, and the 2009 ITU Long Course World Championship. Timothy O’Donnell’s 2013 race schedule is viewable at www.TimothyODonnell.com or on his Facebook page .

“We are extremely excited to welcome Timothy to the Aqua Sphere team,” said Aqua Sphere Triathlon Sponsorship Manager, Jake McLaughlin. “TO brings a champions pedigree to our carefully selected roster of athletes. His experience and talent makes him the perfect addition to elevate Aqua Sphere and solidify our brand as the premier swim gear choice of triathletes.” 

About Aqua Sphere
Established in 1998, Aqua Sphere is the worldwide brand of choice for premium swimming products, based on comfort and high-quality technical designs.  Dedicated to creating products for swimmers and triathletes alike, Aqua Sphere offers a complete range of premium products, including eye protection, swimwear, triathlon wetsuits, and swim fitness and training accessories.  Aqua Sphere’s numerous innovations include the world’s first swim mask, the Seal, and it’s wetsuit line, which combines three patent pending technologies and premium neoprene to promote extreme flexibility and core stability. The brand has gained the respect and loyal following of many notable athletes, including Ironman World Champion Faris Al Sultan and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Terenzo Bozzone. For more information, visit http://www.AquaSphereSwim.com

 

Timothy O’Donnell News Release:Timothy O'Donnell - Trek Speed Concept 9

US PRO CHAMPION JOINS TREK/K-SWISS TO ATTACK 2013 SEASON ABOARD SPEED CONCEPT
Waterloo, WI – January 3, 2013 – Trek Bicycle today announced the signing of multi-time US Pro triathlon champion and 2009 ITU long-course World Champion Timothy O’Donnell to the powerhouse Trek/K-Swiss triathlon team. After a 2012 season in which he won his second US Professional 70.3 Championship and earned multiple podium finishes, TO carries strong momentum into the 2013 season armed with the fastest triathlon bike on the planet, Trek’s Speed Concept 9 Series.“We’re proud to welcome such a great athlete into the Trek family,” said Trek Triathlon Brand Manager Michael Mayer. “Timothy’s highly analytical approach and perseverance give him results that really make him stand out as one of the top pros in the world, making him a perfect fit for Trek/K-Swiss. We’re excited to provide the support of Trek’s dedicated race shop, and can’t wait to see what he can accomplish aboard a Speed Concept.”O’Donnell’s first race aboard his Campagnolo Super Record EPS-equipped Speed Concept will be on March 17th at Ironman San Juan 70.3, an event he has won the past two seasons. Other major goals for the year include the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Las Vegas, as well as October’s Ironman World Championships. Having dominated the shorter distances of triathlon earlier in his career, including 6 consecutive Armed Forces National championships, TO has transitioned to longer distances in recent years, while remaining a major contender for the top step of the podium.”I’m truly excited to announce my new sponsorship agreement with Trek,” said Timothy O’Donnell. “To represent Trek, an iconic American cycling brand with an outstanding pedigree and history of racing success, is a tremendous opportunity in my triathlete career. I’m looking forward to working with Michael, Brandon, and Mark and the entire Trek team… not to mention setting some blistering bike splits on the Trek Speed Concept 9 Series this season!”
About Trek Bicycle
Trek Bicycle is a global leader in the design and manufacture of bicycles and related products. Trek believes the bicycle can be a simple solution to many of the world’s most complex problems, and is committed to breaking down the barriers that prevent people from using bicycles more often for transportation, recreation, and inspiration.

 

 

 

 

 

Set Up Events News Release:Brave Soldier Challenge + Bodybuilding.com Logos

BODYBUILDING.COM PARTNERS WITH BRAVE SOLDIER CHALLENGE SERIES 

Bodybuilding.com Signs On As Presenting Sponsor In Set Up Events’ Obstacle Course Race Series

WILMINGTON, NC – December 19, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the leading triathlon and race production companies in the nation, announced today that Bodybuilding.com has signed on as the Presenting Sponsor of the Brave Soldier Challenge series.

The presenting sponsorship, includes category exclusive rights as the official online supplement store for all the events within the series.

“The Brave Soldier Challenge series is a great opportunity for Bodybuilding.com to reach high caliber athletes at the grassroots level,” said Kirk Calzacorta, sponsorship manager of Bodybuilding.com. “We are thrilled to be partnered with such a great organization, and have the opportunity to show support to our country’s Brave Soldiers as well as their friends and family who participate in the Challenge,” said Calzacorta.

“Bodybuilding.com is a recognized leader in the fitness industry, and it’s great to have a company like this aligned with the Brave Soldier Challenge and our athletes” said Chris Gorman, co-owner of the Brave Soldier Challenge.  “They will really help us take this series to the next level.”

Additional information on venues and registration is available on http://www.bravesoldierchallenge.com or the Brave Soldier Challenge Facebook page.

About Bodybuilding.com

Bodybuilding.com, the Internet’s most-visited sports nutrition/fitness site and the world’s largest online retailer of nutritional supplements offers more than 8,000 health and fitness products to help more than 7.3 million people every month achieve their health, fitness and appearance goals. This online powerhouse gives users more than 34,000 pages of free information, including more than 25,000 articles, 9,000 videos and expert online trainers, with new content is added daily.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

 

Endurance Films News ReleaseRIDES Florida - Paradise Road

 

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF RIDES FLORIDA – PARADISE ROAD

Eighth volume of Endurance Films Cycling Series now available for order

Louisville, KY – November 14, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced the release of RIDES Florida – Paradise Road, the eighth edition in the RIDES series of Indoor Cycling Videos. RIDES Florida joins a continually expanding series of indoor cycling must-haves that includes RIDES Texas, Hill Country, Southern California, North Carolina, Las Vegas, The Rockies, and New York. The RIDES series has become an essential resource for safe, efficient training and off-season riding for cyclists and triathletes.

RIDES Florida – Paradise Road features top athletes from Multisport Performance Institute and was shot in full HD on Santa Rosa Island in Pensacola Beach, FL. Lined by pristine, sugar white dunes and crystal blue waters, the National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore provides the ideal backdrop for indoor riders looking for an inspiring alternative to stationary training tedium. RIDES Florida’s expertly tailored workout consists of high and low cadence intervals, hard sprints and big gear pushes – perfect for the triathlete or cyclist developing strength and speed for any distance.

RIDES Florida, as with each title in the RIDES series, features a dynamic video dashboard overlay complete with countdown clock, perceived exertion, heart rate zone, and cadence. Designed to work with any stationary cycling set-up, this 70-minute ride includes motivational quotes and coaching tips, as well as optional original music and voice coaching audio tracks that deliver a comprehensive indoor training experience. A preview for RIDES Florida – Paradise Road can be found at the Endurance Films online storefront.

“With RIDES Florida, we’ve added a much-requested beachfront title to the RIDES series, bolstering the collection that represents many regions of the country, landscapes, and terrain,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films. “But don’t let the sunny location lead you to believe that this will be an easy workout. Be prepared to sweat, burn, and build strength and endurance.”

All eight RIDES titles including RIDES Florida are available for all regions directly from Endurance Films and major online retailers. Resellers may contact Endurance Films for wholesale account information.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon, and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

 

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SET UP EVENTS ANNOUNCES ITS 2013 TRIATHLON SCHEDULE

Registration For Set Up Events’ Biggest Season Ever Opens November 12, 2012 

WILMINGTON, NC – November 9, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, today announced its 2013 triathlon season schedule. Additionally, registration for the 2013 events will open November 12, 2012. Competitors may view the events and register at SetUpEvents.com Set Up Events produces and manages over 140 triathlons, running and obstacle events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

“Set Up Events continues to experience unprecedented growth, both in the number of races and competitors. With the exciting new events we’ve added to our 2013 schedule, and knowing many of the races fill up quickly, this is a great time for our participants to start planning their 2013 season,” said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events. “Given the diversity in distances and types of events we offer, and the broad region covered, there are great events for triathletes, crossfit, and endurance enthusiasts of all levels.”

Set Up Events offers six different series with individual events counting towards overall series standings.  Each series has its own standout events.

The AAA Car Care North Carolina Triathlon Series (AAA-NCTS) is the largest and longest running triathlon series in the United States. Events in this series take place from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the beautiful ocean beaches of North Carolina, and from the urban settings of Charlotte and Raleigh to serene natural venues such as White Lake.

Including the Azalea Sprint Triathlon, Triangle Triathlon and YMCA Triathlon at Wrightsville Beach, the AAA-NCTS hosts several iconic events that have been around for more than a decade and consistently sell out.  Other major events in this series include:

  • White Lake Half Iron Distance Triathlon – White Lake, NC 4/6/13
  • White Lake Double Sprint Triathlon – White Lake, NC 5/5/13
  • Carolina Half Iron Distance – Charlotte, NC 9/29/13
The AAA Car Care South Carolina Series (AAA-SCTS), presented by the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, offers competitors the best triathlons available to the beautiful state of South Carolina. The AAA-SCTS offers a variety of course types, distances and difficulties.
  • TryCharleston Half & Sprint Triathlons – Mt. Pleasant, SC 4/20/13
  • Lake Murray – Prosperity, SC 5/5/13
  • Clemson Triathlon – Clemson, SC 5/11/13

The Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS) consists of events throughout the great state of Virginia from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the suburbs of DC to the Tidewater area. Whether it is an early season urban venue or a late season rural event, competitors find that once they race in the VTS, they’re hooked.

  • Kinetic Half Iron Distance & Sprint Triathlon – Spotsylvania, VA 5/11 & 5/12/13
  • Jamestown International – Williamsburg, VA 6/9/13
  • Giant Acorn International & Sprint – Lake Anna, VA 9/28 & 9/29/13

The TrySports Triathlon Series (TTS) offers a variety of race distances and course types well suited for novice all the way to elite athletes, and consistently draws competitors from across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

  • Granite Falls – Rolesville, NC 4/14/13
  • Kerr Lake Triathlon – Henderson, NC 6/2/13
  • Lake Logan International & Sprint – Canton, NC 8/3 & 8/4/13
The Maryland Triathlon Series (MTS) events will take place from Frederick County in the west to Kent County in the east, and just outside the Nation’s capital.  Each of the events supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Rock Hall International & Sprint – Rock Hall, MD 6/1 & 6/2/13
  • Battle of the Potomac – National Harbor, MD 9/15/13
  • Waterman’s Half & Sprint – Indian Head, MD 10/12 &10/13/13

The Georgia Triathlon Series (GTS) has a diverse geography, and triathletes can anticipate races in both flat and fast ocean locations as well as challenging courses associated with the northern hills and lake area.

  • LaGrange Sprint – LaGrange, GA 3/23/13
  • Early Bird Sprint – Athens, GA 4/7/13
  • Trybee Island Sprint – Tybee Island, GA 6/9/13

The Brave Soldier Challenge (BSC) is an obstacle course race series designed to test athletic strength, endurance and agility.  The BSC will travel up and down the eastern seaboard in 2013 to various venues and college campuses in major cities, and will attract crossfit, military and fitness enthusiasts from all over.

  • Charleston Brave Soldier Challenge – Charleston, SC 2/2/13
  • Tampa Brave Soldier Challenge – Tampa, FL 3/2/13
  • Tuscaloosa Brave Soldier Challenge – Tuscaloosa, AL 3/16/13
New for 2013 –
  • Set Up Cup – Spring, 2014 – A registration-free championship event for participants who compete in Set Up Cup qualifier events.
  • Bone Island Triathlon – Key West, FL Iron/Half Iron Jan 12, 2013. Finishing on world famous Duval Street, this race will be another great destination event for the entire family to enjoy.
  • Trek Relays – A Series of overnight relays in the southeast where running is a team sport.  Dixie200 – Mar 22 & 23, Palmetto200 – Apr 12 & 13, Colonial200 – Sep 20 & 21, 2013
Back for 2013 – PPD Beach2Battleship – Wilmington, NC Iron/Half Iron October 26, 2013. One of Set Up Events’ most anticipated race weekends returns in 2013, with PPD B2B in Wilmington, NC. Rated as one of Triathlete Magazine’s Top 5 triathlons in the world, PPD B2B consistently sells out well in advance of race day. With its reputation for a great host city, Set Up’s unparalleled race production, and a fast ocean swim, PPD Beach2Battleship will again draw competitors from across the US, and around the world.

To review the entire Set Up Events 2013 season schedule, visit www.SetUpEvents.com

Event registration opens on November 12, 2012.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2013 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations, with halo events including PPD Beach2 Battleship and Bone Island Tri and the Brave Soldier Challenge obstacle series. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

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AAA CAR CARE DRIVES MEMBERSHIP WITH SET UP EVENTS AS TITLE SPONSOR

AAA Car Care Center Announces Title Sponsorship of Set Up Events’ North and South Carolina Triathlon Series

Wilmington, NC – November 7, 2012 – AAA Carolina’s Car Care Center, the largest non-franchise automotive maintenance and repair facility operator in the Carolinas, has partnered with Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlon events, as the Title Sponsor of the North and South Carolina Triathlon Series.

“We are very excited to be the new title sponsor for the North and South Carolina Triathlon Series,” said Dusty Holcomb, President of AAA Car Care. “We believe in the spirit and passion of the triathlete because it is the same passion that we have at AAA Car Care, to be the absolute best we can be in customer service, automotive expertise and integrity. We love cars, and we are dedicated to helping you make it to the starting line.”

The title sponsorship through 2015 covers the North Carolina Triathlon Series and Set Up Event’s South Carolina Series presented by Steadman Hawkins.  AAA will attend some of the largest events in the NC and SC Series to showcase the car care experience participants and spectators can expect at an AAA Car Care Center.  AAA will be offering membership specials throughout the season through Set Up’s extensive online and at-event reach.

“We are honored to have AAA Car Care as the title sponsor of both our North and South Carolina Series”, said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events.   “AAA Car Care goes above and beyond their sponsorship and is really invested and focused on building relationships with our athletes, and we are looking forward to growing together.”

Registration for all of Set Up Events 2013 races opens on Monday, November 12th 2012.

About AAA Car Care

AAA Carolinas serves more than 1.8 million members with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for all travelers. As the largest non-franchise operator of automotive maintenance and repair facilities in North and South Carolina, AAA has 33 Car Care Centers with another three scheduled to open in 2013.  Last year, AAA Car Care serviced a quarter of a million vehicles in North and South Carolina. AAA’s Car Care Centers are open to the public as well as AAA Members.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2013 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations, with halo events including PPD Beach2 Battleship and Bone Island Tri and the Brave Soldier Challenge obstacle series. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

 

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NEW ‘SET UP CUP’ CHAMPIONSHIP RACE OFFERED BY SET UP EVENTS BEGINNING IN 2013

 Umbrella Triathlon Series of Signature Events From Maryland to Georgia Culminates in Invitational Championship Race and Awards Banquet

WILMINGTON, NC – October 3, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, announces that beginning with the 2013 season, triathletes completing five or more designated ‘Set Up Cup’ events will be invited to race at a free Championship Race event and compete for top-level awards. Setup offers the registration-free race to reward these athletes’ commitment to the sport of triathlon.

The 18 events in the Set Up Cup series include three events from each of the Setup race series in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, and Maryland, as well as the TrySports Triathlon Series. The series includes sprint, international, and half iron distance events. The championship race, to be held in Spring of 2014, will be an international distance event with awards for overall, masters, and age group winners.

The Set Up Cup will be visible across the Set Up family of races benefitting sponsors who recognize the opportunity to reach triathletes across the mid-Atlantic and into the southeast.

“Our athletes have asked for a program that allows them to access more of our races while still working toward a year-end goal”, said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events.  “We believe that the prestige of a free championship race, the uniqueness of the awards, and the caliber of the sponsors will give athletes the experience they seek at top-quality events.”

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

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2012 PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON HEROES DELIVER MESSAGE OF BRINGING LIFE-CHANGING MEDICAL TREATMENTS TO PEOPLE IN NEED

PPD racers motivated to spread the word about clinical trials

WILMINGTON, N.C., (September 26, 2012) – Pharmaceutical Product Development, LLC (PPD) today announced the 2012 team of inspirational athletes serving as PPD Heroes and competing in the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon on Oct. 20.

PPD Heroes, including cancer survivors, cystic fibrosis patients and a Wilmington oncologist, are leading the effort to raise public awareness about participating in clinical trials for the development of life-changing medical therapies.

For people facing illness, a clinical trial can offer new opportunities for cutting-edge treatment and close medical supervision. Increasing the numbers of patients participating in clinical trials can help researchers accelerate development of new medicines.

“PPD Heroes demonstrate the incredible human spirit and determination needed to achieve far-reaching goals,” said David Simmons, chairman and CEO of PPD and member of a triathlon relay team. “Overcoming serious illness takes courage, persistence and teamwork. These heroes’ stories of triumph energize the people of PPD and fuel our passion for improving the health and well-being of people around the world.”

The 2012 PPD Beach2Battleship Heroes team of triathlon competitors is:

Emily Schaller, a cystic fibrosis (CF) patient and founder of the Rock CF Foundation, who has participated in multiple clinical trials. “When I was diagnosed with CF in 1983, at 18 months old, the average life expectancy was only in the high teens,” she said. “Thanks to advancements made through clinical research, the life expectancy for CF patients has risen 20 years since then. Now, there are thousands of adults with CF who are not just living, but truly thriving.”

Birgit Arb, M.D.,an oncologist with Cape Fear Cancer Specialists in Wilmington, N.C., part of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Physician Group. “My passion is to provide state-of-the-art care and support to adult patients with cancer – from diagnosis through treatment,” she said. “Patient participation in clinical trials is one of the best tools for the development of new treatments and learning about the biology of cancer.”

Mary Kreis, Ph.D., an associate professor at the California University of Pennsylvania. At 23 weeks pregnant, she had surgery to remove a melanoma and sentinel lymph node, then underwent a second surgery less than two weeks later, after doctors learned the cancer had spread. Clinical trials had helped researchers learn how to perform this type of operation. She gave birth to a healthy baby girl, named Viva to symbolize living life to the fullest. “Without clinical trials,” she said, “my cancer may have been missed.”

Garrett and Eric Miller. In 2000, at age 6, Garrett had brain surgery to remove a tumor, leaving him profoundly visually impaired. Garrett received six weeks of radiation therapy and 64 weeks of chemotherapy, and he had to relearn to walk and talk. “We attribute Garrett’s survival to the clinical trial he participated in,” said his father, Eric. “The clinical trial took his survival rate from 50/50 at the beginning of treatment to 90 percent at the end of treatment and the close of the trial.”

Katie Reisinger, a speech therapist in Asheville, N.C. The Wilmington native uses daily breathing treatments and medications to ward off lung infections and maintain an active lifestyle as a CF patient. She began running in middle school and was on her high school track and cross-country teams. Reisinger has taken part in numerous clinical trials, she said, “so that the next generation of people with CF can have additional therapies available. It’s a worthwhile investment in not only my future, but for the future of the entire CF community.”

Willie Vasser, Jr., of Virginia Beach, Va., who was a healthy triathlete surprised to be diagnosed with leukemia in May 2004. Vasser, his wife Ellen, who is a pediatric oncology nurse, and his doctor began researching treatment options. “We discovered a clinical trial that showed promise,” Vasser said. “I started the clinical trial chemotherapy in February 2005 and by September was in complete remission. Sadly, my son Brian was soon diagnosed with a more aggressive form of leukemia and died in November 2006. In his honor, I continue to do races and encourage others to consider a clinical trial when seeking treatment options.”

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete magazine. More than 2,000 athletes from 45 U.S. states and 10 other nations will participate, helping generate approximately $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised will benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. PPD Beach2Battleship is produced by Set Up Events, one of the largest triathlon production companies in the U.S., with more than 150 events produced in eight states annually.

The full iron distance triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run, and the event also offers a half triathlon course. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 12,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

 

Palmetto Race Group Release:

COLONIAL200 IS READY TO ROLL

Second year of Virginia relay race starts September 28th

Charlottesville, VA – September 26, 2012 – PALMETTO RACE GROUP, a leading producer of endurance relay runs, today announced that the Colonial200 Relay is ready to roll on Friday September 28th.

In this, its second year, the Colonial200 will welcome teams from across the mid-Atlantic and northeast regions to a 200 mile running relay event that kicks off in Charlottesville and finishes in Williamsburg, Virginia. Teams of 12 runners and their support vehicles will start in pace-determined waves beginning at 6AM on Friday morning, with all teams on the road by early afternoon. Added to the Colonial200 this year, is the Colonial70, a one-day 70 mile version of the relay race format for teams of up to 6 runners. The Colonial70 starts on September 29th.

Teams entered in this year’s Colonial200 include several returning teams as well as competitors that have raced in other Palmetto Race Group events. “We’re excited for this, the second year of the Colonial200, and to welcome back many of our inaugural year teams,” said Kirk Sadler, co-founder of the Colonial200. “Knowing that athletes are returning to this race in addition to racing our other events is an acknowledgement of the series, and we’re extremely thankful for their participation.”

“Adding the Colonial70 to the event this year provides even greater opportunities for runners who want to try a relay,” said Brian Malak, co-founder of the Colonial200. “We know that this dual format, our location, the enthusiastic participant teams and terrific support from Team In Training volunteers, will contribute to a great event this weekend.”

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About Palmetto Race Group

Palmetto Race Group produces the Palmetto200, Palmetto70, Dixie200, Colonial200 and Colonial70. Started in 2010, and based on South Carolina, Palmetto Race Group endeavors to bring the team sport mentality and camaraderie to the traditional solo sport running. For more information, visit the Palmetto200 or the Colonial200 website or the Colonial200 Facebook page.

 

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FORTYNINEGROUP ANNOUNCES HIRING OF CORTNEY V. MARTIN

Top ranking Age Group Triathlete joins as Director Of Client Marketing

MIAMI, FL– September 12, 2012 – fortyninegroup, a leading endurance sports strategy and marketing firm, announced today that it has hired Cortney V. Martin to the newly created role of Director Of Client Marketing. In this capacity, Cortney Martin will be responsible for Client Marketing initiatives across fortyninegroup’s roster of event, athlete, equipment, accessory, coaching, media, and registration clients.

Based in Blacksburg, VA, Cortney Martin is in her second year as a member of the Endurance Films Racing Team. As a dedicated and competitive Age Group triathlete, Cortney finished 3rd in her AG in the Sprint distance, at last month’s USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals. Cortney will represent Team USA this October in Auckland, NZ. Cortney holds a PhD and MSc in Human Factors Engineering, and blogs about her triathlon life as Cort The Sport.

In announcing the hiring, John Jones, fortyninegroup’s CEO stated “I’m extremely excited to welcome Cortney Martin to the company. Cortney’s competitive abilities and enthusiasm for triathlon epitomizes the passion and dedication to endurance sports that is at the core of our company and fundamental to delighting our clients. Not to mention the fact that she has a PhD… so, watch out Google!”

About fortyninegroup, LLC

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing for clients in endurance sports. fortyninegroup’s portfolio of clients includes event, athlete, equipment, accessory, multisport coaching, media and registration companies. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit the company’s website or Facebook page.

 

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TEAM MPI’S MARK SORTINO NAMED A HEAD COACH FOR TEAM USA’S PARATRIATHLON TEAM 

  MPI continues its work to grow the sport of triathlon through coaching, event management, and athlete base 

 

Pensacola, FL – September 12, 2012 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), announced today that CEO and co-founder, Mark Sortino, has been named a Head Coach, for Team USA’s Paratriathlon Team. Joining Coach Mark will be Hector L. Torres, of Tri Peak Athlete, LLC. Mark Sortino and Hector Torres were selected by USA Triathlon for the Head Coach roles.

Team USA’s 31 paratriathletes, representing all six categories of the sport, will compete at the ITU World Championship this October 22nd in Auckland, New Zealand. “It’s a great opportunity for me to work as a Team USA coach at an international competition with many of the athletes I’ve coached at Paratriathlon and High Performance Camps,” said Coach Mark Sortino.

Paratriathlon was selected as a Paralympic sport and will debut in 2016 in Rio De Janeiro.  Currently four paratriathletes are part of Team MPI including Amy Dodson and Karen Aydelott – both of whom are racing at the Ironman™ World Championships in Kona, Hawaii this year.

In other MPI initiatives, the company recently concluded its 2012 Portofino Sunset Tri Series presented by Bikes Plus. The nine Super Sprint distance triathlons were held on Thursday evenings from April through August and included a women-only race and a relay-only race. This was the second year for the series. The series was a tremendous success and will continue on in 2013. A more complete recap can be found in PSST: By the Numbers on the Team MPI blog.

In response to athletes seeking affiliation with Team MPI, a new membership level has been developed and is now offered to non-coached athletes. For just $40 per year, members receive a welcome package, discounts on select products and services, and access to Team MPI online resources. Registration for the program is available on the MPI Website

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

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VASA TO HOST EXPERT PANEL ON DRY-LAND TRAINING AT THE 2012 ASCA WORLD CLINIC

Distinguished coaches and scientists come together to discuss the secrets of dry-land swim training

ESSEX, VT – August 29, 2012. Vasa, maker of the leading swim training benches used by thousands of elite swimmers and their coaches, will be hosting an expert panel on dry-land training at the 2012 ASCA (American Swimming Coaches Association) World Clinic. Titled “Secrets of Dry-Land Training,” the panel will include six prominent swim coaches and scientists moderated by Vasa CEO and Founder Rob Sleamaker. These experts will discuss swim-specific strength, improving stroke technique, training for injured swimmers and more. The ASCA World Clinic is taking place at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on September 4-9, 2012, and the panel will occur on Thursday, September 6 at 7:45 a.m. at the Vasa booth (#401 and #403). All ASCA World Clinic badge holders are invited to attend. “This panel discussion is a rare and valuable opportunity for a handful of swimming’s leading coaches and scientists to convene on the latest dry-land training developments,” said Sleamaker. “Vasa is excited and honored to moderate this discussion and present the findings to the swimming world.”

The expert panel will include:

  • Richard Shoulberg, head coach for Germantown Academy and former U.S. National Women’s coach and Olympic coach
  • Matt Kredich, head swimming coach at the University of Tennessee, 2008 and 2012 SEC Coach of the Year and four-time Ivy League Coach of the Year
  • Jack Fabian, Ph.D., head swimming coach at Keene State College, National Development Coach, Greenwood Memorial Swim Club, USA National Team coach and head women’s coach for USA Open Water at World Championships 2011 in China
  • Genadijus Sokolovas, Ph.D., director of physiology & director of sport science for USA Swimming from 2000 – 2008 and developer of innovative testing programs for USA Swimming Olympic and National Team Members
  • Andrei Vorontsov, Ph.D., head coach of the Russian National Swimming Team and associate professor at the Russian State Central University of Physical Education
  • Gary Hall, Sr., M.D., Three-time Olympian and World Swimmer of the Year (1969,1970), member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, practicing physician and coach and co-founder of The Race Club

For those unable to attend the panel, Vasa will be recording the event and posting it to their YouTube page. The video will be available for viewing by Friday, September 7 and can be found at www.youtube.com/user/vasatrainer.

In addition to hosting the panel, Vasa will be exhibiting its swim-specific training machines, the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer, at booths #401 and #403 throughout the duration of the show. Attendees can stop by the booths to learn more about these top training tools and even enter for the chance to win a Vasa Trainer.

For more information about Vasa, please visit www.vasatrainer.com.

About Vasa

Since 1988, Vasa’s mission has been to design and build premium quality training tools for sports, fitness and rehabilitation. Whether the focus is recreational, advanced, or for the professional athlete, coach, trainer or physical therapist, Vasa’s products provide exceptional performance results, durability and value. Longtime favorites of Olympic swimmers, triathletes and their coaches, Vasa’s chief products are the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer. The Vasa Trainer is a versatile strength-training machine that strengthens muscles for swimmers, surfers, paddlers, skiers, triathletes and in total-body fitness applications. The Vasa Ergometer is the ultimate on-land swimming simulator, equipped with a power meter that provides superior training results by building power and increasing endurance. Vasa’s products are guaranteed to improve performance and provide a lifetime of effective and trouble-free service. For more information about Vasa, please visit www.vasatrainer.com.

 

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KT TAPE ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP OF US PRO TRIATHLETE TIMOTHY O’DONNELL

Boulder, CO – August 22, 2012 – KT TAPE, the leading brand of kinesiology Elastic Sports  tape, used to treat and prevent hundreds of common injuries, today announced its sponsorship of US Pro Triathlete Timothy O’Donnell. TO joins a sponsored athlete roster that includes three-time Olympic Gold Medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, and professional athletes from team, racquet, water, outdoor, and endurance sports.

“We are excited to add Timothy O’Donnell to our roster of KT Tape-sponsored athletes,” said John MacKay, CEO of KT Tape. “Triathletes test the boundaries of human endurance. KT Tape enables them to go the distance, both in and out of the water, without being sidelined by injuries and pain. Timothy O’Donnell will be a great ambassador for the KT Tape brand in triathlon.”

“KT Tape successfully helped me keep small training issues from turning into serious injuries earlier this season,” said Timothy O’Donnell, US 70.3 Pro Champion triathlete. “With my intense training load leading up to the Ironman® 70.3 and Ironman® World Championships under way, KT Tape is an essential performance tool!”

About KT Tape

KT TapeTM is an elastic sports tape used by professional athletes, Olympians, and everyday people to provide pain relief and support for hundreds of common injuries.  It is lightweight, 100% natural, and comfortable to wear so it won’t slow you down. Developed by Utah-based Lumos Inc., KT Tape is the only consumer brand of kinesiology tape widely available at over 11,000 locations in the US & Canada and 40 countries world-wide. For more information, visit www.kttape.com or the KT Tape Facebook page.

About Timothy O’Donnell

Timothy O’Donnell is recognized as one of the world’s top professional triathletes. TO is the current Ironman 70.3 US Pro Champion. TO has won multiple 70.3 Championships, and ITU World Championships. For more information, visit Timothy O’Donnell’s website or Facebook page .

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VASA ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE NEW vasatrainer.com 

Increased presence at London Olympics signifies Vasa’s impact on international swimming competition

ESSEX, VT — Vasa, Inc. manufacturer of the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer, the dry-land training tools of choice for thousands of swimmers, triathletes, swim and triathlon coaches, surfers and paddlers from around the globe, today announced the launch of the new vasatrainer.com website.

In order to better serve Vasa’s growing clientele and customer sectors, Vasa’s new website offers a segmented experience to meet the needs of the company’s differentiated customer base. The redesigned navigation allows users to browse and learn about the products based on their specific interests. The website also features a new training resources section where athletes and coaches can easily access a number of instructional videos, tips and guides. By expanding the number of videos and other informational resources, Vasa aims to help users make the most of their Vasa Trainer or Ergometer. Additionally, Vasa’s product line has expanded to include an Ergometer that is specifically designed for stand-up paddling (SUP), and the website features a new section to reflect this addition to the current product offerings.

Further acknowledging Vasa’s impact as essential dry-land training equipment at the highest level of swimming competition, Vasa Trainers and Ergometers were purchased by the London Olympics to equip the swim training center at Eton House in the Olympic village.  A devoted user of Vasa’s equipment, Vasa is sponsoring swimmer and 2012 Olympian Alex Meyer as he competes in London in the 10-kilometer open water event on August 10th.

 

“The launch of our new vasatrainer.com site is a significant step forward for Vasa,” said Rob Sleamaker, Founder and CEO of Vasa, Inc. “We’re seeing the impact that Vasa Trainers and Ergometers are having with Olympic athletes, and we look forward to building on this momentum through 2012. To achieve that, we believe that the new vasatrainer.com site really helps communicate the value and benefits of our outstanding Vasa products.”

 For more information about Vasa and to see the new website, please visit www.vasatrainer.com.

About Vasa

Since 1988, Vasa’s mission has been to design and build premium quality training tools for sports, fitness and rehabilitation. Whether the focus is recreational, advanced, or for the professional athlete, coach, trainer or physical therapist, Vasa’s products provide exceptional performance results, durability and value. Longtime favorites of Olympic swimmers, triathletes and their coaches, Vasa’s chief products are the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer. The Vasa Trainer is a versatile strength-training machine that strengthens muscles for swimmers, surfers, paddlers, skiers, triathletes and in total-body fitness applications. The Vasa Ergometer is the ultimate on-land swimming simulator, equipped with a power meter that provides superior training results by building power and increasing endurance. Vasa’s products are guaranteed to improve performance and provide a lifetime of effective and trouble-free service. For more information about Vasa, please visit www.vasatrainer.com or visit the Vasa Facebook page.

Endurance Films News Release:Endurance Films Logo

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES THE 2012 EDITION OF THE ENDURANCE FILMS RACING TEAM

Racing Team To Debut at USA Triathlon’s Age Group Nationals

Louisville, KY – July 18, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced the lineup of its 2012 Endurance Films Racing Team. The Endurance Films Racing Team is comprised of dedicated and competitive Age Group Triathletes who represent the best spirit of the multisport community.

This unique initiative developed by Endurance Films has attracted support from major endemic sponsors who see value in the involvement and visibility the Racing Team offers. Said Aqua Sphere’s Todd Mitchell, “We are extremely proud to be working hand-in-hand with the Endurance Films Racing team and to further establish our brand in the multisport community.” Aqua Sphere is new to the list of team sponsors, which already includes Champion Systems, TrainingPeaks, SweatVac and more.

“The synergy between supporting age group athletes and leveraging the resulting B2B relationships is remarkable,” said Endurance Films’ CEO, Eric Feller, “Our sponsors experience an amazing level of grass roots and viral marketing tailored specifically to their target audience.” To this end, Endurance Films dedicates multiple social networking platforms for racing team members and counts corporate ambassadorship as a primary and contractual responsibility.

“Triathletes are always talking triathlon,” adds Endurance Films VP, Danny Kolker, “and when we can steer that dialogue toward marketing messages favoring us and team sponsors, it’s a win for everyone involved. As the team grows both in number and demographic range, so will our collective word-of-mouth power.”

In this, the second year of competition for The Team, Endurance Films welcomes six new athletes to a roster of eight returning members from 2011 selected from hundreds of applicants across the country. Also on board for 2012 are the Endurance Films Racing Team sponsors which include the previously mentioned Champion System, TrainingPeaks, SweatVac and Aqua Sphere as well as Jack Kane Custom Bicycles and EcoSportsBottles.com. The 2012 Endurance Films Racing Team will debut at USA Triathlon’s Age Group Nationals August 17th and 18th in Burlington, VT.

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About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

 

Endurance Films News Release:

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES THE COMPLETION OF SHOOTING FOR RIDES FLORIDA – PARADISE ROADEndurance Films Logo

Anticipated next volume of Endurance Films’ Cycling Series available in September

 

Louisville, KY – June 27, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced the wrap of shooting for RIDES Florida – Paradise Road, the eighth edition of the RIDES series of Indoor Cycling Videos. RIDES Florida joins a diverse and growing series of indoor cycling essentials that includes RIDES New York, Texas, Hill Country, Southern California, North Carolina, Las Vegas and The Rockies. With these prior seven volumes, RIDES has become the definitive indoor training resource and series for cyclists and triathletes.

RIDES ­­­Florida – Paradise Road features triathletes from triathlon coaching, event and services company, TeamMPI. RIDES Florida was shot in full HD in Pensacola Beach, along the ribbon of road that runs through the barren and beautiful Gulf Islands National Seashore. Surrounded by picturesque Gulf ocean water, lined by pristine, white relic sand dunes and beaches, the National Park Service’s Gulf Islands National Seashore will provide the ideal backdrop for indoor riders looking for a hot and tropical ride in paradise. Cyclists will be able to follow TeamMPI as they work through an intense training workout featuring high and low cadence intervals, hard sprints and big gear pushes – perfect for the triathlete or cyclist developing long course strength and speed.

“RIDES Florida – Paradise Road establishes a benchmark for what we put into a RIDES shoot. With 9 HD cameras, 8 super-fit triathletes, and the stunning Gulf Islands National Seashore setting, RIDES Florida will be the standard for an indoor cycle training video,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films. “We imagine that cyclists holed up in their training torture chambers in the dead of winter, or triathletes looking to train in the safety of indoors will love the escape, of spinning and sweating with our TeamMPI riders in this tropical paradise!”

RIDES Florida – Paradise Road is expected to be released in September. Other DVDs in the RIDES series are available for all regions directly from Endurance Films and major online retailers. Resellers may contact Endurance Films for wholesale account information.

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About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon and a member benefits provider for USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

 

imATHLETE News Release:

imATHLETE SELECTED TO PROMOTE AND MANAGEimATHLETE Logo THE CAMPUS XAVI HERNANDEZ WORLD TOUR 

World-Class Soccer Camp Registration Exclusive to imATHLETE

Santa Monica, CA – June 27, 2012 – imATHLETE, the leading innovator in technology and services for athletic event registration, fundraising, e-commerce and social networking announced today that it has been selected to promote and manage the Campus Xavi Hernandez World Tour. This announcement recognizes imATHLETE’s value as a key provider of fitness registration services, and acknowledges the company’s commitments to high profile global sports brands, and the promotion of healthy lifestyles.

Xavi Hernandez is regarded as one of the best Spanish soccer players in the history of the sport. Recognized for his technical prowess, Xavi is widely regarded for his leadership skills, his humanity and his friendship outside the sport. Now in its 14th year, Campus Xavi Hernandez is the global standard for excellence in soccer. For the first time, Xavi Hernandez will be bringing his Campus Xavi Hernandez World Tour to the US, at the Lake Myrtle Sports Park in Auburndale, FL. The Campus Xavi World Tour will be held July 23– 27, 2012, with registration at www.imATHLETE.com.

“We are excited to have been selected to promote and manage the Campus Xavi World Tour,” said Jeff Matlow, CEO of imATHLETE. “Not only are we big fans of Xavi, but aligning with this world-class program is consistent with imATHLETE’s values of encouraging fitness for athletes of all abilities.”

“Solidifying a relationship with imATHLETE was an easy choice for us,” says Alfonso Aguilera, manager of the Campus Xavi World Tour. “Their extensive promotional reach and robust data management services are the perfect fit for us, and enable us to support Xavi’s humanitarian goals by returning a percentage of registration profits to the community.”

imATHLETE focuses on reducing the workload and increasing revenue opportunities for clients. imATHLETE’s streamlined social commerce processes, which enable the participant to manage their own registration and athletic activities, typically saves clients 60% of their workload. imATHLETE’s core philosophy is to ensure a seamless online experience, backed by superior customer service. imATHLETE’s commitments to innovation throughout its technology platform and the creation of new revenue opportunities for clients, backed by best-in-breed customer support has resulted in a 400% yearly growth average since imATHLETE’s launch.

For more information, please visit www.imATHLETE.com or the imATHLETE Facebook page.

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About imATHLETE

 

Launched in 2009, imATHLETE is changing the way individuals, race directors, and companies promote and engage in healthy lifestyles.  Providing race registration and fundraising tools, product merchandising and social networking, imATHLETE’s robust technology platform is used by thousands of city governments, governing bodies, non-profits and event organizers, including Blue Cross Blue Shield, City of Philadelphia, Livestrong YTS, XTERRA events and a multitude of non-profit and sports organizations.  The company also created a new industry standard by innovating automation of the membership purchase and validation process for USA Triathlon.   imATHLETE, a subsidiary of I AM ATHLETE, LLC, is headquartered in Santa Monica, California and is privately held.

Vasa News Release:Vasa Logo

On the Road to London: Vasa Joins Olympic Swimmers on the Quest for Gold

— Vasa’s Swim Trainers and Ergometers at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the 2012 Olympic Games —

 

ESSEX, VT — As the nation’s leading swimmers and triathletes gear up for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, Vasa proudly supports their preparation by providing the world’s best swim training machines. The Vasa Ergometer and Vasa Trainer are the training tools of choice for thousands of swim coaches, swimmers and triathletes worldwide, including many of those who will represent the U.S., Russia and many other countries in London in just a few short weeks. These dry-land swim-specific training machines build strength and endurance, improve technique and increase anaerobic power.

A long-time constant in the training regimens of Olympic swimmers and triathletes, Vasa Trainers and Ergometers were recently purchased by the London Olympics to equip the swim training center at Eton House in the Olympic village. A testament to Vasa’s Olympic participation, it is estimated that over 75 percent of the swimmers representing the U.S. at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and the 2000 Sydney Olympics trained on Vasa Trainers leading up to the Games. Both the Atlanta and Sydney Olympic Games purchased Vasa Trainers for the athlete training facilities, and Vasa’a products were used by the U.S. athletes in preparation for the 2004 and 2008 Olympics in Athens and Beijing.

On the road to the London Games, Vasa’s next stop is Omaha, Neb. for the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials. From June 25-July 2, four Vasa Ergometers will be featured in the Aqua Zone in the Mutual of Omaha booth. Fans will have the opportunity to race former Olympians as well as each other on the Vasa Ergs, and even test their skills against the pre-set times of their favorite elite swimmers. Vasa’s Trainers and Ergometers will also be at the American Swim Coaches Association (ASCA) booth in the Aqua Zone from June 23-25, where attendees can learn more about how the Vasa Trainers have become a fundamental tool for the world’s top coaches.

“We’re thrilled to be able to be a part of the Olympic excitement,” said Rob Sleamaker, founder and president of Vasa. “It is very fulfilling seeing the athletes and coaches who have supported Vasa throughout the years succeed, and it’s even better knowing that we have helped make it happen.”

For more information about Vasa, please visit www.vasatrainer.com.

 

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About Vasa

Since 1988, Vasa’s mission has been to design and build premium quality training tools for sports, fitness and rehabilitation. Whether the focus is recreational, advanced, or for the professional athlete, coach, trainer or physical therapist, Vasa’s products provide exceptional performance results, durability and value. Longtime favorites of Olympic swimmers, triathletes and their coaches, Vasa’s chief products are the Vasa Trainer and Vasa Ergometer. The Vasa Trainer is a versatile strength-training machine that strengthens muscles for swimmers, surfers, paddlers, skiers, triathletes and in total-body fitness applications. The Vasa Ergometer is the ultimate on-land swimming simulator, equipped with a power meter that provides superior training results by building power and increasing endurance. Vasa’s products are guaranteed to improve performance and provide a lifetime of effective and trouble-free service. For more information about Vasa, please visit www.vasatrainer.com.

 

Endurance Films News Release:

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES CALL FOR RACING TEAM APPLICATIONSEndurance Films Logo

Endurance Films Racing Team Builds On Successes For Second Season


Louisville, KY – May 23, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced a call for applications to the 2012 roster of its Endurance Films Racing Team.

Launched in 2011, the Endurance Films Racing Team debuted at USA Triathlon’s Age Group National Championships in Burlington, VT. The Racing Team is comprised of age group triathletes who are not only highly competitive, but also epitomize the best spirit of the multisport community. Last year, Endurance Films Racing Team athletes appeared in numerous global championships, including the Sprint World Championship, Duathlon World Championship, and the ITU Long Course World Championship. In addition to these global events, Racing Team members regularly competed across the United States in triathlons of all distances.

“We are excited to expand our Endurance Films Racing Team for 2012 and build on the accomplishments of our team from last year. Everything gelled perfectly, from the success of our athletes to the exposure our sponsors received, not only from our marketing campaigns, but from having a team of visible and vocal age group ambassadors for their brands,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films.

“It’s humbling to see the level of dedication for our sport as demonstrated by age group triathletes and our Racing Team. Selecting our Endurance Films Racing Team is a challenge in itself since we get to see firsthand the passion our applicants have for triathlon as well as the phenomenal level of talent out there,” said Danny Kolker, VP of Production for Endurance Films. “We’re proud of our Racing Team’s accomplishments and we look forward to a great season in 2012!”

Age Group triathletes interested in applying to join the Endurance Films Racing Team may do so either by submitting a video or short essay at the Endurance Films Racing Team website (endurancefilms.com/racingteam). Submissions should detail why the applicant would make a great fit for the Endurance Films Racing Team. Applications must be received by June 30th. The Endurance Films Racing Team is supported by Champion System, TrainingPeaks, Aqua Sphere, SweatVac, EcoSportsBottle, and Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from national governing bodies and manufacturers, to professional athletes, coaches and experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon and is a Silver Level Sponsor of USA Cycling. For more information, visit Endurance Films or the Endurance Films Facebook page.

Set Up Events News Release:

SET UP EVENTS SELECTED AS WINNER OF THE 2012 COASTAL ENTREPRENEUR AWARD Set Up Events Logo

Set Up Events wins in Internet-Related Business Category 

WILMINGTON, NC– May 23, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, was named winner of the 2012 Coastal Entrepreneur Award in the Internet-Related Business Category.

Each year, the region’s top entrepreneurs and high-growth businesses are recognized and selected by judges who base their criteria on which business they consider to be entrepreneurial and which ones they expect to have the highest return if they would invest $100,000.  Set Up Events was selected the winner of the Internet-Related Business Category due to the advancements and capabilities of their website.

“We are honored to be selected for such a prestigious award, said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events.  “Our website is our ‘storefront’, other than showing up and producing top quality events, it all starts with our internet presence and capabilities.  We will continue to work hard to grow the company and uphold our reputation of providing the best events for our participants”.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

Set Up Events News Release:

SPORT BEANS ADDS FLAVOR TO SET UP EVENTSSet Up Events  and Sport Beans Logo

Sport Beans Becomes a Series Sponsor for Two of Set Up Events’ Largest Series

Wilmington, NC – March 28, 2012 – Set Up Events, the leading producer of triathlons, running and endurance events, announced today that it has partnered with Sport Beans® Energizing Jelly Beans® From the Makers of Jelly Belly® for a series sponsorship of the Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series and the Virginia Triathlon Series.

Sport Beans jelly beans, introduced by Jelly Belly Candy Company, are scientifically formulated for sports performance. Sport Beans jelly beans provide carbohydrates for energy, electrolytes to maintain fluid balance and vitamins to help burn carbohydrates and fat and protect muscles against oxidative damage.

“Triathletes were among the earliest adopters of Sport Beans, so our sponsorship with Set Up Events is a natural partnership,” said Stephanie Scott, Event Marketing Manager for Jelly Belly Candy Company. “We’re excited to expand our reach within the triathlon community and connect with more athletes.”

“This partnership with Sport Beans is a great addition to our two largest series”, said Andrew Silberiesen, President of Set Up Events.  “Sport Beans has had a long association with triathlon, cycling, and running, and we’re pleased to welcome them to Set Up Events.”

The sponsorship was secured by John Jones of fortyninegroup, the official strategic marketing agency of Set Up Events.

About Sport Beans

Sport Beans jelly beans were introduced in 2005 and were designed to fuel and energize the body during exercise.  According to sports nutrition experts glucose stores need to be replenished after 45 minutes to 1 hour of exercise.  Sport Beans, formulated with 25 grams of carbohydrates, electrolytes for fluid retention and vitamins, come in portable 1-oz. single serve packets. Manufactured by Jelly Belly Candy Company of Fairfield, Calif., Sport Beans are the newest innovation from the company known for flavor. www.SportBeans.com

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Set Up Events News Release:

RUDY PROJECT STRIKES MAJOR 3-YEAR DEAL WITH SET UP EVENTS Set Up Events + Rudy Project Logos

Rudy Project Becomes the Official & Exclusive Eyewear and Helmet Sponsorof All Six Set Up Events Series 

Wilmington, NC – February 29, 2012 – Set Up Events, the leading producer of triathlon, running and endurance events, announced today that it has partnered with Rudy Project North America as the Official and Category Exclusive Eyewear and Helmet Sponsor for all of Set Up Events’ Triathlon Series.

The Rudy Project sponsorship, which runs through 2014, includes category exclusive rights as the Official Eyewear and Helmet Sponsor for each series, including the Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series, Go-Tri Sports South Carolina Triathlon Series, TrySports Series, Virginia Triathlon Series, Maryland Triathlon Series and the newest Georgia Triathlon Series.

“Rudy Project is excited to partner with one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies,” said Paul Craig, President and Co-Founder of Rudy Project North America.  “This is a dream partnership and we are excited for the opportunity it will provide Rudy to get the word out on our world class, cutting-edge sunglass, prescription eyewear and helmet technologies and designs to over 100,000 Set Up Events athletes.”

“We are honored to have Rudy Project come on board as a major eyewear and helmet sponsor of Set Up,” said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events.  “Rudy Project is a highly recognized brand in the eyewear and helmet industries for athletes and weekend warriors, and it’s great to have such an innovative, customer service-focused company aligned with Set Up Events and our triathletes.”

The sponsorship was secured by John Jones of fortyninegroup, the official strategic marketing agency of Set Up Events.

About Rudy Project

Rudy Project designs and manufactures hi-tech sunglasses, Rxes, goggles and helmets by applying the most advanced science and technology. Designed and made in Italy since 1985, Rudy Project has grown quickly as a premier brand throughout North America.  Rudy Project has won Outside Magazine’s prestigious “Gear of the Year” Award twice for its cutting edge frame and lens technologies. Rudy helmets were recognized as the #1, most worn TT brand at the 2011 World Championship in Kona, HI.  Of late, Rudy Project has prided itself for providing the absolute best prescription eyewear for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts around the world.  What set’s Rudy Project apart is unparalleled customer service standards, cutting edge products and technological innovations, and proprietary, award winning lens technologies including ImpactX™, Polar3FX™ and RPOptics™.  Rudy Project offers a Lifetime Replacement Lens Guarantee and 3 year frame warranty.  Learn more about RudyProject at www.e-rudy.com.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

 

Set Up Events News Release:

SET UP EVENTS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE BRAVE SOLDIER CHALLENGE SERIESBrave Soldier Challenge Logo

Registration for Set Up Events’ Newest Series Opens February 2012

 

Wilmington, NC– February 22, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, announced today the launch of a new battlefield for human competition, The Brave Soldier Challenge (BSC). Compromised of six events, the Brave Soldier Challenge is designed to test athlete endurance, strength, and agility. The BSC fires its first round in Wilmington, NC, followed by five more Brave Soldier Challenge events that have been strategically selected for proximity to east coast military base centers.  Registration for most of the 2012 events will open February, 2012.

“Following the extreme growth of the crossfit world, we’re excited to be launching the Brave Soldier Challenge in 2012,” said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events. “It only makes sense for Set Up to put on top tier events that attract a whole new market of athletes who are interested in more of a challenge.”

Built for the Soldier in everyone, Brave Soldier Challenge draws competitors from crossfit, multisport and general strength conditioning disciplines. Men and women entering the Brave Soldier Challenge will compete for Top Military and Top Civilian honors in their respective age groups and genders.  At each event, competitors will earn series points toward the Brave Soldier Challenge finals in Pensacola, FL.

The name “Brave Soldier Challenge” was inspired by Brave Soldier Performance Skincare, a globally recognized brand of skincare products designed for extreme athletes.

“We are very excited for the opportunity to align our brand with a new type of event that caters to athletes of a different breed”, said Chris Gorman, CEO of Brave Soldier Performance Skincare.  “The uniqueness of this series and its brave competitors truly exemplifies our mantra, ‘Performance Beyond Limits’.”

Brave Soldier Challenge Event Locations:

Wilmington, NC – May 26, 2012

Charleston, SC – June 16, 2012

Virginia Beach, VA – July 7, 2012

Annapolis, MD – August 18, 2012

Atlanta, GA – September 8, 2012

Pensacola, FL – September 29, 2012

Additional information on venues and registration will be available on http://www.bravesoldierchallenge.com or the event’s facebook page.

About Set Up Events:

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

About Brave Soldier:

Established in 1998, Brave Soldier Performance Skincare is a globally recognized product line with a mission to address the unique skincare needs of extreme athletes. Made in the USA, Brave Soldier products are carried at the retail level by specialty athletic stores nationwide, sold through the world’s leading distributors, and direct-to-consumer globally from bravesoldier.com.  With its origins in Santa Monica, California, Brave Soldier currently operates out of Raleigh/Durham, North Carolina. To learn more about the history, products, or mission of Brave Soldier, visit www.bravesoldier.com, follow @bravesldier on twitter, or like Brave Soldier’s facebook page.

 

Set Up Events News Release:

AAA CAR CARE DRIVES MEMBERSHIP WITH SET UP EVENTS Set Up Events + AAA Car Care Logos

AAA Car Care Center Announces Sponsorship of North and South Carolina Triathlon Series

Wilmington, NC – February 15, 2012 – AAA Carolina’s Car Care Center, the largest non-franchise automotive maintenance and repair facility operator in the Carolinas, will be the official automotive repair sponsor for triathlons and other athletic events operated by Wilmington-based Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlon events.

“Cars, like athletes need to be fit and in shape for their endurance activities,” said Dusty Holcomb, President of AAA Car Care. “Just like triathletes who work hard to be in their best possible condition on race day, we work hard to keep our customers’ cars in great shape.  We believe in order to make it to the finish line, you first need to make it to the starting line.”

The sponsorship through 2014 covers the Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series, Set Up Event’s Go Tri Sports South Carolina Series presented by Steadman Hawkins and the TrySports Triathlon Series.  AAA will also be the exclusive and official car care center of the three Set Up Events series. AAA will attend triathlons in the Set Up Events series events to showcase the car care experience participants and spectators have as AAA members.  AAA will be offering membership specials throughout the season through Set Up’s extensive online and event reach.

“We are honored to partner with AAA Car Care, and look forward to helping each other continue to grow each year,” said Andrew Silbereisen, President of Set Up Events.   “At-event marketing offers an abundance of unique elements, plus various online marketing elements and social media campaigns,” said Silbereisen.  “We are proud to provide these services to AAA, and for AAA to be able to offer their services to our participants.  It is such a great fit.”

About AAA Car Care

AAA Carolinas serves more than 1.8 million members with travel, automobile and insurance services while being an advocate for all travelers. As the largest non-franchise operator of automotive maintenance and repair facilities in North and South Carolina, AAA has 32 Car Care Centers now and another three scheduled to open this year. Last year, AAA Car Care serviced a quarter of a million vehicles while achieving a satisfaction rate from customers in excess of 95%. AAA’s Car Care Centers are open to the public as well as AAA Members.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Set Up Events News Release:

SET UP EVENTS EXPANDS EXECUTIVE AND CORPORATE PERSONNEL TEAMSet Up Events Logo

 New Staff Members Reflect Accelerated Growth of Set Up Events

 

Wilmington, NC– February 8, 2012 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, welcomes new members to the Set Up Events team.

The new corporate structure consists of significant positions including the role of President of Set Up Events, Director of Operations, and Online Registration Coordinator, joining previously announced additions of Marketing Coordinator and Marketing Agency.

“Due to the accelerated growth of Set Up Events, there was a need to fill these positions and make these changes to the corporate structure to accommodate the various responsibilities and tasks of the job descriptions”, said Bill Scott, Founder and CEO of Set Up Events.  “I am very pleased with our new team, and I am confident they will all play a crucial role in the continued development and growth of the company.”

Andrew Silbereisen has been named to the newly created position of President of Set Up Events. In his previous role, Andrew was integral in the development and management of Set Up Events’ online presence, technology and registration systems.   Andrew has over 10 years of experience in the sport of triathlon and has competed in multiple events at every level of the sport. Andrew’s responsibilities will be management and direction of the existing business, new business opportunities and strategic growth. Prior to joining Set Up in his new capacity, Andrew was a Senior Database Analyst within the Nuclear Division of Duke Energy located in Charlotte, NC.

Mary Toffolon has been named to the position of Operations Coordinator. Mary is the Director of Operations for the highly successful PPD Beach2Battleship Iron and Half Iron Distance Triathlon in Wilmington, NC, and will also continue her role as volunteer coordinator for Set Up Events.

Krysten Rivenbark has been selected to the role of Online Registration Coordinator. She will be responsible for managing all the online contacts, registration and race owner communication and accounting.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Endurance Films News Release:

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH USA CYCLINGEndurance Films Logo

Endurance Films joins as USA Cycling’s newest Silver Level Sponsor

Louisville, KY – February 8, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced a multi-year strategic partnership agreement with USA Cycling. Under the terms of this agreement, Endurance Films is USA Cycling’s newest Silver Level Sponsor, providing new benefits to USA Cycling’s more than 70,000 annual members.

“We are extremely proud of our new association with USA Cycling. From the launch of Endurance Films, the sport of cycling has been at the core of our multimedia production. We’re looking forward to providing USA Cycling’s membership with a new segment of benefits, and in working with the governing body to help grow the sport of cycling,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films.

“We’re excited to provide USA Cycling members with the opportunity to save on the superb DVD line-up offered by Endurance Films. Their video collection is an excellent tool to supplement any training program, and we hope our members take advantage of this special offer,” said Gordon Weldon, Managing Director Of Member Services.

USA Cycling members can find out about the full range of benefits available to them from USA Cycling’s website.  Endurance Films will offer ongoing discounts and special incentives to their catalog of cycling training videos to USA Cycling’s annual members. Endurance Films will further promote USA Cycling through the Endurance Films website and the Endurance Films facebook page.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon. For more information, visit Endurance Films.

About USA Cycling

Recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the Union Cycliste Internationale, USA Cycling is the official governing body for all disciplines of competitive cycling in the United States, including road, track, mountain bike, BMX and cyclo-cross. As a membership-based organization, USA Cycling comprises 70,000 licensees, 2,400 clubs and team, and 34 local associations. The national governing body sanctions 2,900 competitive and non-competitive events throughout the U.S. each year, manages 17 national championship events and is responsible for fostering the identification, development, and support of American cyclists. To learn more about USA Cycling, visit www.usacycling.org.

Set Up Events News Release:

Set Up Events + TYR Logo

TYR MAKES A BIG SPLASH AS SERIES WIDE SPONSOR OF SET UP EVENTS

TYR Becomes the Official Category Exclusive Swimwear and Swim Accessory Sponsor for All Six Set Up Events Series

Wilmington, NC – January 25, 2012 – Set Up Events, the leading producer of triathlons, running and endurance events, announced today that it has partnered with TYR as the Official Swimwear and Swim Accessory Sponsor for all of Set Up Events’ Triathlon Series.

The TYR sponsorship, which runs through 2013, includes category exclusive rights as the Official Swimwear and Swim Accessory Sponsor for each series including the Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series, Go-Tri Sports South Carolina Triathlon Series, TrySports Series, Virginia Triathlon Series, Maryland Triathlon Series and the newest Georgia Triathlon Series.

“TYR is proud to partner with Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies.  With a growing number of races and competitors, the Set Up Events series is an opportunity for TYR to reach triathletes at the grassroots level,” said Ryan Dolan, Vice President of Sales for TYR.

“It has been a successful partnership in previous years of working with TYR, and we are excited to take this to the next level,” said Bill Scott, CEO of Set Up Events.  “TYR is a recognized leader in swimwear and swim accessories, and it’s great to have such an innovative, performance-focused company aligned with Set Up Events and our triathletes.”

The sponsorship was secured by John Jones of fortyninegroup, the official strategic marketing agency of Set Up Events.

About TYR

TYR engineers technical apparel and equipment for swimmers and triathletes. Named for “TYR”, the Norse god of warriors, we’re a company started by athletes and populated by athletes. The cultures and communities of competitive swimming and triathlon pervade our offices. We are dedicated to re-imagining technologies that help athletes attain peak performance. Like athletes, we work with an intense spirit of competition. We aim to create the fastest, most advanced technologies and products. Always.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Endurance Films News Release:

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH SWEATVAC PERFORMANCE WEAREndurance Films Logo

SweatVac joins list of sponsors for 2012 Endurance Films Racing Team

Louisville, KY – January 25, 2012 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced a sponsorship agreement with SweatVac Performance Wear. Under the terms of this agreement, SweatVac will serve as the official headwear provider to the Endurance Films Racing Team.

The Endurance Films Racing Team was created in 2011 and features Age Group Triathletes from across the US. The team debuted last August at USA Triathlon’s Age Group Nationals. Racing Team members went on to race and place in triathlons at more than 30 events including the Sprint World Championship and ITU Long Course World Championship. In 2012, the Endurance Films Racing Team will again be open to potential candidates and a full season of competition in the Endurance Films colors, supported by SweatVac and a growing list of Racing Team sponsors.

“All of us at SweatVac are excited to be a sponsor of the Endurance Films Racing Team,” said John Okon, President of SweatVac. “The fact that Endurance Films has done so much to illustrate and promote endurance athletics over the years makes us proud to be involved with their team.”

“We are extremely thankful to have SweatVac as a sponsor of our Racing Team. Not only is their premier product line of headwear a great value to our athletes, but it looks great on them and is a perfect showcase for our brand,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films.

Age group triathletes interested in applying to join the Endurance Films Racing Team for 2012 can find out more information at Endurance Films. Team updates, race schedules and race reports are available on the Racing Team website and the Endurance Films facebook page.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon. For more information, visit Endurance Films.

About SweatVac Performance Wear

SweatVac Performance Wear is a sports apparel company, headquartered in Chicago, IL, that manufactures and customizes fine technical apparel. Founded in 1993 by an avid cyclist, SweatVac is an established brand among endurance athletes and holds many long-standing partnerships with leading industry organizations and race events.

Set Up Events News Release:

Coliseum Rock ’N RollMan to be Marquee Event of the 2012 Georgia Triathlon SeriesSet Up Events Logo

Registration is now open for the Georgia Triathlon Series Rock ’N RollMan events

 

Wilmington, NC– January 18, 2012 – The Georgia Triathlon Series, Set Up Event’s newest series, announces the addition of The Coliseum Health System’s Rock ’N RollMan Half Iron Distance Triathlon, Long Course Duathlon and Sprint Distance Triathlon. Registration for these events is now open at www.setupevents.com.

The Coliseum Health System’s Rock ’N RollMan Half has quickly become one of the nation’s most recognized races at this distance and has earned several national distinctions from USA Triathlon.

“After a very successful track record for the past eight years, we are excited to have Rock ’N RollMan be part of the Georgia Triathlon Series,” said Crisp McDonald, Set Up Events production team leader for the Georgia Triathlon Series.

“We feel our new association with the Georgia Triathlon Series is going to take the Coliseum Rock ’N RollMan to the next level, and we are looking forward to adding even more excitement to this event which we already feel is the Number One Half Iron experience in the Southeast”, said Jim Rainey, Event Owner and CEO of Georgia MultiSports Productions, LLC.

The 2012 edition of the Coliseum Health System’s Rock ’N RollMan will feature a $4,990 prize purse for the Top 5 men and women to split.  Details for the individual races are as follows:

Coliseum Health System’s Rock ’N RollMan Half – June 2, 2012 – Macon, GA

This half iron distance event will take place at Sandy Beach Recreation Area in Lake Tobesofkee.  The swim is a one loop affair and so is the 56 mile bike which takes participants through Bibb County, GA. The bike and run course is best described as rolling with no sever grades but many long, gradual ascents.

Rock ’N RollMan Long Course Duathlon – June 2, 2012 – Macon, GA

One of the few remaining long course duathlons in the country, this 5K – 56 mile – 13.1 mile event will prove why duathlon is so tough. Combine Macon heat with the demands of over 16 miles of running and 56 miles of biking and you have yourself a true tester of grit and determination.

Rock ’N RollMan Sprint Triathlon – June 2, 2012 – Macon, GA

Consisting of a 750 meter swim, a 15 mile bike and a 5K run, this is a great alternative to enjoy the beautiful Macon scenery by racing more of a manageable distance.

In addition to the Georgia Triathlon Series, Set Up Events produces and manages 5 other triathlon series throughout 8 states in the mid-Atlantic region. Individual events in each series count toward overall series standings. To review the entire Set Up Events 2012 season schedule, visit www.SetUpEvents.com

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in 8 states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Endurance Films News Release:

ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF RIDES NEW YORKEndurance Films Logo

Anticipated new volume of Endurance Films Cycling Series now available for order

 

Louisville, KY – December 14, 2011 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced the release of RIDES New York – Assault on Bear Mountain, the seventh edition in the RIDES series of Indoor Cycling Videos. RIDES New York joins a continually expanding series of indoor cycling must-haves that includes RIDES Texas, Hill Country, Southern California, North Carolina, Las Vegas and The Rockies. The RIDES series has become the essential off-season training resource for cyclists and triathletes.

Shot in full HD, RIDES New York features the Huntington Bike Club as they wind through New York’s spectacular Harriman State Park, twisting through dense forests and skirting crystal lakes, culminating in the epic Perkins climb to the summit of Bear Mountain. For the indoor cyclist or spinning enthusiast, RIDES New York includes a dynamic, comprehensive dashboard showing cadence, heart rate zone, critical power and elapsed time. RIDES New York is set to a full original music soundtrack and coaching voice track. Riders can customize the audio for coaching or music-only options for the entire seventy-five minute ride.

“With RIDES New York, we’ve added another compelling cycling experience to our bestselling RIDES series. From the feedback we’ve received on our six previous volumes, we know that advanced and novice cyclists will love the challenges of the Assault on Bear Mountain,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films. “We’re excited to hear what riders think of RIDES New York, and also where we should shoot our next ride!”

RIDES New York compliments exercise on any stationary bicycle currently available and requires no additional monitor or equipment. A Blu-ray version will be available in 2012. RIDES New York DVDs are available for all regions directly from Endurance Films and major online retailers. Resellers may contact Endurance Films for wholesale account information.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon. For more information, visit Endurance Films

Set Up Events News Release:

SET UP EVENTS ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT OF THE GEORGIA TRIATHLON SERIESSet Up Events Logo

Registration for Set Up Events’ Newest Series Opens December 13, 2011

Wilmington, NC– November 30, 2011 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, announced today the launch of the Georgia Triathlon Series (GTS), comprised of events ranging from Sprint and Olympic distances to a Half Iron distance event throughout the state of Georgia. Registration for most of the 2012 Georgia Triathlon Series events will open December 13, 2011.

“Following the successful rollout of our Maryland Triathlon Series this year, we’re excited to be launching the Georgia Triathlon Series in 2012,” said Bill Scott, Founder and CEO of Set Up Events. “From our start with a single race in 1994, Set Up Events continues to experience year-over-year expansion, consistent with the extraordinary growth of triathlon.”

The Georgia Triathlon Series is made up of 11 events offering a variety of race distances and challenge levels for novice and experienced triathletes. Given the diverse geography available in Georgia, triathletes can anticipate races in both flat and fast ocean locations as well as challenging courses associated with the northern hills and lake area. Highlighted events in the Georgia Triathlon Series include:

Mountain Madness Half Distance Triathlon – May 6, 2012 – Ellijay, GA

Nestled in the hills of Northern Georgia, this half iron distance event will take place at scenic Carters Lake.  The bike course winds through country roads featuring a challenging climb midway through the bike, in which special awards will be given to the King and Queen of the Mountain.

Jekyll Island Turtle Crawl Sprint, Olympic, and 5K – May 19, 2012 – Jekyll Island, GA

The Turtle Crawl events will take place on picturesque Jekyll Island. The fast ocean swim, and flat bike and run courses attract all levels of athletes. Turtle Crawl Events correspond with the release of sea turtles which have been rehabilitated from prior injury, and has a long-standing tradition of fun and excitement for the entire family.

In addition to the Georgia Triathlon Series, Set Up Events produces and manages 5 other triathlon series, totaling more than 140 events throughout 8 states in the mid-Atlantic region. Individual events in each series count toward overall series standings. To review the entire Set Up Events 2012 season schedule, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Event registration is currently open for the North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland series. Registration for the Georgia Triathlon Series opens on December 13, 2011.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 140 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Multisport Performance Institute News Release:

MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES ADDITION OF NEW COACH, PORTOFINO RACE SERIES SPONSOR AND ONLINE STORE LAUNCHTeamMPI Logo

 

MPI’s impressive 2011 growth points toward continued expansion in 2012

 

Pensacola, FL – November 30, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, is excited to announce three new initiatives acknowledging the rapid growth MPI has experienced in 2011.

Coach Peter Harsch joins MPI as the company’s first West Coast coach. Based in San Diego, Peter is a USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach, 12-time Ironman™ finisher and 3-time Kona qualifier and finisher. With more than 17 years of triathlon experience, Peter has competed in over 80 events. Peter is also an ABC-Certified Prosthetist and previously served as the US Paralympic Track and Field Team Prosthetist, and as the Team Director for the USAT Paratriathlon team in 2009 and 2010. Peter’s deep experience and recognized skills and expertise in paratriathlon add significantly to MPI’s coaching team.

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President stated: “Coach Peter Harsch brings a wealth of coaching experience in triathlon and paratriathlon to MPI. Over the past year, Peter has become a close associate as a result of TeamMPI’s extensive involvement in paratriathlon. We are excited to welcome him to our team, and plant the TeamMPI flag in California.”

MPI is also pleased to announce that Pensacola based Bikes Plus has signed on as the presenting sponsor of the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Bikes Plus, with two locations in Pensacola, is an acknowledged triathlon resource for the Gulf Coast region, specializing in Trek and Profile Design. The Portofino Sunset Tri Series, presented by Bike Plus, is a 9 race Super Sprint distance held on Thursday evenings. 2012 is the second year for the series, and the first race is on April 19th.

Lastly, MPI is excited to announce the launch of the TeamMPI Online Store. The Store offers a full line of customized Champion System TeamMPI apparel, as well as accessories by Sock Guy, CamelBak, nutrition supplies from Energy Lab and MAP, plus gift certificates for MPI coaching services. MPI will be expanding the available product lines in the TeamMPI Store in upcoming months.

“With this trio of new announcements, MPI is clearly demonstrating the growth of the company in our coaching team, event profiles and diversification of services and revenue streams,” said Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI. “We look forward to continued growth of MPI, our sport, and significantly, the personal and performance growth of the great athletes we work with as we head into 2012.”

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

Set Up Events News Release:

SET UP EVENTS ANNOUNCES ITS 2012 TRIATHLON SCHEDULESet Up Events Logo

Registration For Set Up Events’ Biggest Season Ever Opens November 1, 2011

Wilmington, NC– October 25, 2011 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, today announced its 2012 triathlon season schedule. Additionally, registration for the 2012 events will open November 1, 2011. Competitors may review the list of events and register at SetUpEvents.com Set Up Events produces and manages over 120 triathlons and running events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

“Set Up Events continues to experience unprecedented growth, both in the number of races and competitors. With the exciting new events we’ve added to our 2012 schedule, and knowing many of the races fill up quickly, this is a great time for our participants to start planning their 2012 season,” said Bill Scott, founder and CEO of Set Up Events. “Given the diversity in distances we offer, and the broad region Set Up Events covers, there are great events for triathletes of all levels.”

Set Up Events offers five different series with individual events counting towards overall series standings.  Each series has its own standout events.

The Inside-Out Sports North Carolina Triathlon Series, (IOS-NCTS), is the largest and longest running triathlon series in the United States. Events in this series take place from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the beautiful ocean beaches of North Carolina, and from the urban settings of Charlotte and Raleigh to serene natural venues such as White Lake.

Including the Azalea Sprint Triathlon, Kure Beach Double Sprint, Triangle Triathlon and YMCA Triathlon at Wrightsville Beach, the IOS-NCTS hosts several iconic events that have been around for more than a decade and consistently sell out.  Other major events in this series include:

  • Belews Lake International – Greensboro, NC 1500m Swim/27 Mile Bike/10K Run-4/14/2012
  • White Lake Half Iron Distance Triathlon – White Lake, NC1.2 Mile Swim/
56 Mile Bike
/13.1 Mile Run-5/5/2012
  • Stumpy Creek International – Mooresville, NC 1500m Swim/
27 Mile Bike
/10K Run-8/4/2012

The Go-Tri Sports South Carolina Series (GTS-SCTS), presented by the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, offers competitors the best triathlons available to the beautiful state of South Carolina. The GTS-SCTS offers a variety of course types, distances and difficulties.

 

  • TryCharleston Half and Sprint – Mt. Pleasant, SC 1.2 mile Swim
/56 mile Bike/
13.1 mile Run-4/21/2012
  • Clemson TriathlonClemson, SC 750m Swim
/11 mile Bike/
5K Run-5/5/2012
  • Paris Mountain International and SprintGreenville, SC 500m Swim
/20 mile Bike/
5 mile Run-8/4/2012

The Virginia Triathlon Series (VTS) consists of events throughout the great state of Virginia from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the suburbs of DC to the Tidewater area. Whether it is an early season urban venue or a late season rural event, competitors find that once they race in the VTS, they’re hooked.

  • Kinetic Half Iron Distance Triathlon – Spotsylvania, VA 1.2 mile Swim
/56 mile Bike/
13.1 mile Run-5/12/2012
  • Kinetic Sprint Triathlon – Spotsylvania, VA 750m Swim
/18 mile Bike/
5K Run5/13/2012

The TrySports Triathlon Series (TTS) offers a variety of race distances and course types well suited for novice all the way to elite athletes, and consistently draws competitors from across the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.

  • WAC Triathlon – Wilmington, NC 300m Swim
/11.5 mile Bike/
5K Run-4/15/2012
  • Lake Logan International & Sprint – Canton, NC 1500m Swim
/40 km Bike
/10 km Run-8/4 & 8/5/2012

 

The Maryland Triathlon Series (MTS) had a successful debut in 2011, and will expand in 2012. Events take place from Frederick County in the west to Kent County in the east, and just outside the Nation’s capital.  Each of the events supports the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s efforts to restore the Chesapeake Bay.

  • Rock Hall International – Rock Hall, MD 1500m Swim/24.65 mile Bike
/10K Run-6/2/2012
  • Rock Hall Sprint – Rock Hall, MD 750m Swim
/15 mile Bike/
5K Run-6/3/2012

New for 2012 – Set Up Events is excited to announce two inaugural race series – the Getcher Mud On Series and the Beach Gauntlet Series.  These events consist of diverse and challenging mud, water and beach obstacle courses, providing compelling new competitive series opportunities for triathletes, runners and fitness fans alike.

  • Getcher Mud On – Kernersville, NC Muddy, Obstacle-Filled 3 mile course-7/21/2012
  • Getcher Mud On – Lincolnton, NC Muddy, Obstacle-Filled 3 mile course-10/6/2012
  • Beach Gauntlet – Myrtle Beach, SC Sandy, Obstacle-Filled 3 mile course, completely on the beach-10/20/2012

Back for 2012 – PPD Beach2Battleship – Wilmington, NC Iron/Half Iron November 3, 2012. One of Set Up Events’ most anticipated race weekends returns in 2012, with PPD B2B in Wilmington, NC. Rated as one of Triathlete Magazine’s Top 5 triathlons in the world, PPD B2B consistently sells out well in advance of race day. With its reputation for a great host city, Set Up’s unparalleled race production, and a fast ocean swim, PPD Beach2Battleship will again draw competitors from across the US, and around the world.

To review the entire Set Up Events 2012 season schedule, visit www.SetUpEvents.com

Event registration opens on November 1, 2011.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports triathlon and running events. In 2012 Set Up Events will produce over 120 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations with plans for major expansion in the near future. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com Participants can also Follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or Like Set Up Events’ facebook page.

Multisport Performance Institute Release:

MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES EXPANSION INTO BILOXI, MISSISSIPPI WITH e-FITNESS & WELLNESSTeamMPI Logo

 

State Of The Art Facility Offers New Opportunities to Experience Multisport Training With TeamMPI Coaches

 

Pensacola, FL – October 12, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, announced today its partnership with e-Fitness & Wellness, a full service fitness facility in Biloxi, MS.

With this new partnership, MPI will launch a series of triathlon training seminars and programs, for both the e-Fitness & Wellness membership and the public. The calendar of events will kick off Monday December 5th, with a free seminar focusing on off-season training and race season planning. Led by Coaches Mark Sortino and John Murray, the new e-Fitness programs will use MPI’s proven strategy of six key elements for triathlon success.

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI said: “We’re excited to partner with e-Fitness & Wellness to bring our established TeamMPI training programs to a large and dynamic new group of Gulf Coast athletes and triathlon participants.”

“We are thrilled to align with the TeamMPI folks. This will add significantly to our offerings for both established and aspiring triathletes at e-Fitness & Wellness,” said Shaun McKee, MD, Managing Partner. “We have a great group of triathletes on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, who are always looking to improve their edge. In addition, e-Fitness has always strived to bring new triathletes into the fold with great success. MPI’s programs will allow us to provide our e-Fitness members as well as the general public the best opportunity for improving their individual performance ability in multisport. This exciting partnership will undoubtedly inspire many people to join the triathlon life.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “e-Fitness provides the ideal venue to launch MPI’s training programs in Mississippi. With the terrific assets available to us at e-Fitness & Wellness, we look forward to working with their dedicated staff, as well as the opportunity of welcoming new athletes to TeamMPI.”

e-Fitness & Wellness offers members access to a state of the art fitness facility, with seven pools, the area’s largest indoor track, the most group fitness classes on the Gulf Coast, as well as a complete selection of cardio and strength conditioning equipment. e-Fitness also provides a full auditorium for seminars and presentations, an on-site eatery, and programs dedicated to both wellness and fitness designed for the whole family, from kids through seniors.

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

About e-Fitness & Wellness

Located in Biloxi, Mississippi, e-Fitness & Wellness strives to provide the optimum combination of facilities and programs in both wellness and fitness, along with premium service and convenience at an affordable rate in today’s economy. From kids to seniors, from advanced bodybuilding to patient rehabilitation, e-Fitness and Wellness offers so much more than fitness to exceed every member’s needs. For more information, please visit www.efitwell.com and Like the e-Fitness facebook page.

Multisport Performance Institute Release:

MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES 2011 RACE SEASON SUCCESSES, TEAMMPI AT KONATeamMPI Logo

 

Sold out Sea Turtle Tri caps off MPI’s biggest event season yet

 

Pensacola, FL – October 5, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, wrapped its 2011 event production season this past Sunday with the sold out Sea Turtle Tri Kids Triathlon.

In the 2011 event season, MPI produced the largest youth triathlons in the Gulf Coast Region – the Jubilee Kids Triathlon, and the Sea Turtle Tri. In addition, MPI also produced the Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, and the hugely successful and innovative Thursday evening Portofino Sunset Tri Series.

For 2012, dates have already been secured for the Martime DeLuna Du (March 25th, 2012) and the Jubilee Kids Triathlon (June 3rd, 2012). Dates for the 2012 Sea Turtle Tri, an extended Portofino Sunset Tri Series and the remainder of the MPI 2012 event season will be announced later this fall.

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI said: “The Sea Turtle Tri was a fantastic finish to our event season. Watching the performances of young triathletes is an inspiration to anyone, and really speaks to the phenomenal growth triathlon is experiencing. With the events, camps, clinics and coaching programs we’ve initiated and produced this year, and what we have planned, it suggests 2012 will be another incredible growth year for MPI and our sport.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “MPI has grown so much over the course of 2011. Through the year, we’ve built on great partnerships, with the Challenged Athletes Foundation, Portofino Island Resort, and of course with the athletes we work with… through our coaching programs, camps, clinics, services and race events. Our athletes are at the core of TeamMPI, and they’ve contributed immensely to our success in 2011. It’s rewarding to see their amazing performances, and envision where they’ll be in 2012!”

In addition, TeamMPI is pleased to announce that it has two athletes racing in the Ironman™ World Championship on October 8th. Coach Mark Sortino and Andrew Rothfeder. Both qualified at the Memorial Hermann Ironman™ Texas. This is Mark’s third trip to the Big Island and Andrew’s first.

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can also Follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or Like TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

Multisport Performance Institute Release:

TeamMPI LogoMULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES SELLOUT OF SEA TURTLE TRI RACE

 

Second Annual Kids Triathlon to take place Sunday October 2nd

 

Pensacola, FL – September 29, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, today announced the sellout of its Sea Turtle Triathlon.

Now in its second year, the Sea Turtle Tri, along with the Jubilee Kids Triathlon, also produced by MPI, have become the biggest youth triathlon events in the Gulf Coast region. The success of the Sea Turtle Tri is a significant indicator of the tremendous growth of triathlon both locally and nationally, and as a sport with a broad appeal to both youths and adults.

The 2011 Sea Turtle Tri takes place at Opal Beach, on Pensacola Beach. The race starts at 8AM on Sunday October 2nd, with 4 age divisions starting in two separate waves:

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Wave One: 7-8 & 9-10 years

Wave Two: 11-12 & 13-15 years

Course distances are as follows:

Wave One: Swim 75 yds, Bike 1.5 miles, Run .5 miles

Wave Two: Swim 150 yds, Bike 3 miles, Run 1 mile

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI said: “We’re really excited with the response to our Second Annual Sea Turtle Triathlon. We’re looking forward to a great race on Sunday with some inspiring performances from all these young triathletes.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “MPI was founded on the principles of advocating a healthy lifestyle through multisport across all ages. What better way to realize that goal than seeing athletes participating in the sport at an early age!”

Following the Sea Turtle Tri, TeamMPI CEO Mark Sortino travels to Kona, Hawaii to race in the Ironman™ World Championship on October 8th, having qualified earlier this year.

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can register for TeamMPI events, camps and clinics at TeamMPI.com and can follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or link to TeamMPI’s facebook page. Multisport Performance Institute will announce its 2012 schedule of events later this fall.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 2 levels of multisport coaching plans, the MPI Performance Package program, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

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CHALLENGED ATHLETES FOUNDATION TO HOST THIRD DODGE PARATRIATHLON CAMP IN SAN DIEGO

“Camp of Champions” is an Official Technical Training Camp of USA Paratriathlon

San Diego, CA – The Challenged Athletes Foundation® (CAF), a world leader in creating athletic opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, announced its third Dodge Paratriathlon Camp to build interest and participation in the sport of paratriathlon, an event that was recently placed on the program for the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero .  Known as the “Camp of Champions,” the CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camp provides the most comprehensive and in-depth paratriathlon training on the West Coast.

The two-and-a-half day CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camp, an official technical training camp of USA Paratriathon, will be held August 25-28, 2011 in San Diego, CA.   Headquartered at the Deni + Jeff Jacobs Challenged Athletes Center, the camp is open to amputee and wheelchair athletes in classes TRI 1, 2, 4 and 5.  Participating athletes will receive nutritional guidance, personal bike and handcycle fittings, expert classroom and hands-on technical instruction, personal swimming evaluation and other tools that will help them achieve their Paratriathlon goals.  Athletes will have access to top-quality coaches including Mark Sortino and John Murray, USA Triathlon Level 1 coaches from the Multisport Performance Institute (MPI) in Pensacola Florida; Peter Harsch, USA Triathlon Level 1 Coach and Chief Prosthetist for Naval Medical Center San Diego; and four-time Ironman Handcycle Division World Champion, Carlos Moleda.  In addition to the team of elite coaches, participating paratriathletes will be able to draw upon the expertise and experience of world-class challenged athlete mentors Willie Stewart, Melissa Stockwell and Mike Johnston.

At the recent Accenture U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships in New York, eight of the 18 podium spots were won by alumni of CAF Dodge Paratriathlon Camps.  “We congratulate all the finishers of the Accenture U.S. Paratriathlon National Championships, and especially our camp alumni,” said Roy Perkins, Senior Director of Programs at the Challenged Athletes Foundation.  “We hope the comprehensive approach we take at our ‘Camp of Champions’ helped put those athletes on the track to success and we look forward to helping more partriathletes reach their goals in the future.”

 

 

 

 

 

About Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $30 million has been raised and almost 5,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959.

 

About Dodge Brand

Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive. The brand is on a tear for the 2011 model year, redefining itself with six all-new or significantly redesigned new vehicles, introducing new lifestyle packages designed to better meet the needs of its customers, launching catchy new ads that have started conversations with owners and potential owners, actively participating in new events and sponsorships and developing relationships with its long-loyal enthusiast base, as well as reaching out to customers who want cars that leave them wanting more. For the 2011 model year, the Dodge brand is filling dealer showrooms with a vast array of new and updated products. The Dodge product line includes the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, and the Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Multisport Performance Institute offers 3 levels of multisport coaching plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

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ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES MEMBERS OF ENDURANCE FILMS RACING TEAM

Team to debut at USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals

Louisville, KY – August 2, 2011 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced the selected team members of the Endurance Films Racing Team. The 11-member team is comprised of Age Group Triathletes from across the nation. Selected from hundreds of applicants, the team members represent the diverse backgrounds, experience levels, profound dedication and the true spirit of the multisport community. The Endurance Films Racing Team will make its official debut at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on August 20th in Burlington, VT.

Announced earlier this year, the Endurance Films Racing Team was developed by Endurance Films as a means of giving back to the customer base that has supported the company since its inception. With the help of USA Triathlon, and sponsors including Champion System, Jack Kane Custom Bicycles, Training Peaks and EcoBottles, Endurance Films was able to fulfill a company objective, and in doing so, develop a roster of passionate and competitive Age Group triathletes.

“We’re so excited to finally announce the Team. The field of contenders was tremendously deep and talented, which made the decision process extremely difficult. We want to deeply thank all those who applied,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films.

“A huge welcome to the 11 amazing athletes selected. We can’t wait to see our Racing Team in action in just a few weeks at USA Triathlon’s Age Group Nationals,” added company VP, Danny Kolker.

A video announcement of the team will be released on the racing team website http://www.endurancefilms.com/racingteam.html. Endurance Films will be on hand at the 2011 USAT Age Group Nationals to shoot all the action and produce USA Triathlon’s annual AGNC highlight video.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon. For more information, visit Endurance Films

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ENDURANCE FILMS ANNOUNCES SPONSORSHIP AGREEMENT WITH JACK KANE CUSTOM RACING BICYCLES

Jack Kane Bikes becomes official bicycle sponsor of Endurance Films Racing Team

Louisville, KY – July 27, 2011 – ENDURANCE FILMS, the leading producer and distributor of endurance sports training multimedia, today announced a sponsorship agreement with Jack Kane Custom Bicycles. Under the terms of this agreement, Jack Kane Custom Bicycles will become the official bicycle sponsor of the Endurance Films Racing Team, which will debut at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships on August 20th in Burlington, VT.

Jack Kane bikes are renown for their custom designed and individually painted framework. All Jack Kane Bikes are painted by Jack Kane, and his expertise in frame design draws from more than 35 years experience in bike building. Jack Kane Custom Bicycles will serve as the team’s dedicated “Pit Crew” at AGNC, providing mechanical support exclusively to the Endurance Films Racing Team. Additionally, Jack Kane Custom Bicycles’ gear and artistry will be on offer for various team initiatives.

“We’re thrilled to welcome the Jack Kane guys on board because they share our vision and excitement for this team. Age groupers have the dedication of pros, so we’re going to treat them like pros,” said Eric Feller, CEO of Endurance Films. “Their on-site presence at AGNC offering their dedicated mechanical expertise to the team is just one of the ways Jack Kane Custom Bicycles is helping us in this mission.”

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with Endurance Films on this grassroots project; Age Group Athletes are the heart and soul of triathlon. We have worked closely with other AG athletes designing their dream bicycles, so to be part of the team that wants to support them further is fantastic.” said Zane Schweer, Jack Kane’s Brand Marketing Manager. “With the extensive audience Endurance Films reaches through their video productions and distribution, it will expand the recognition of our bikes globally.”

Since announcing the debut of the Endurance Films Racing Team last month, Endurance Films has been accepting applications from eligible age group triathletes. Selected competitors will be officially announced on August 2nd. Athletes interested in applying for the team can find out more at the Endurance Films Racing Team site.

About Endurance Films

Endurance Films is the recognized leader in full service HD video production focusing on the production and worldwide distribution of endurance sports training multimedia and entertainment. With partnerships spanning from professional athletes and coaches to experts in sports science and medicine, Endurance Films brings a wide range of experience and knowledge to the process of sports video production. Since 2000, Endurance Films has released top-selling videos in triathlon, marathon, cycling, strength training, yoga and more. Endurance Films is the official film production company of USA Triathlon. For more information, visit Endurance Films

About Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles

Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles is a custom design and road-proven bicycle company based out of North Carolina. Jack Kane, owner, has been in the industry since the 1970’s, earning a large underground following. Through consistent professional and elite level sponsorships, Kane bikes are repeatedly proven on the road and in the peloton. However, Jack Kane’s real passion is designing a rider’s dream bike. Working alongside the rider in the design process and building to order is where Jack Kane Bicycles separates itself from the rest. Jack Kane Custom Racing Bicycles specializes in aluminum, aluminum carbon, full carbon road, triathlon, and track bicycles. All bikes are painted by Jack himself. No two bicycles are the same. For more information, visit kanebikes.com

Champion System and Endurance Films Release:

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CHAMPION SYSTEM IS NAMED OFFICIAL CUSTOM TECHNICAL APPAREL SPONSOR OF ENDURANCE FILMS RACING TEAM

Team Debuts at USA Triathlon Age Group Nationals August 20th

Brooklyn, NY (July 20, 2011) – Champion System, a worldwide leader in technical sports apparel, announced today that it has been named as the official custom technical apparel sponsor of the newly formed Endurance Films Racing Team. The team, established by Endurance Films, will make its official debut at the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships in Burlington, Vermont on August 20th.

Endurance Films is currently accepting applications for the team from qualified Age Group triathletes. Candidates should epitomize competitive drive, have a track record of triathlon excellence, and embody the spirit of multisportsmanship.

“It’s a unique concept, the way Endurance Films has chosen to create this triathlon team.   A huge part of what we do at Champion System is to offer up and coming athletes the opportunity to gain exposure and to outfit age groupers.  This is a great way to show our support for undiscovered talent in the triathlon community,” said Scott Kaylin, CEO of Champion System.

The Endurance Films Racing Team will be completely outfitted in Champion System apparel. Team apparel will feature a custom design created exclusively for the Endurance Films Racing Team.

The team will be comprised of five to seven athletes over a range of age groups.  Under a six month contract with the Endurance Films Racing Team, each member of the team will receive team apparel by Champion System, cash stipends, will be included in national PR campaigns, and will have access to industry leading training resources.

“We’re thrilled Champion System sees the value in this sponsorship and is providing their awesome apparel to our team,” said Endurance Films owner, Eric Feller.  “Age group triathletes have the drive and dedication of elites, so we’re going to start treating them like elites.”

Interested athletes can find out more about the Endurance Films Racing Team online and apply for a spot on the team by contacting team@endurancefilms.com. The official roster will be unveiled on August 2nd, 2011.

Set Up Events and fortyninegroup Release:

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SET UP EVENTS ANNOUNCES NEW SPONSORSHIP SALES AGENCY

fortyninegroup to represent Sponsorship and Strategic Marketing for Set Up Events

WILMINGTON, NC– July 13, 2011 – Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest triathlon production companies, announced today that it has retained fortyninegroup as its exclusive sponsorship and strategic marketing agency. Set Up Events produces and manages over 100 triathlons and running events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

“With all the exposure and inventory Set Up Events can offer sponsors, this is a great fit for fortyninegroup to take the stage and bring fresh ideas and talent to the table” said Bill Scott, founder and CEO of Set Up Events. “fortyninegroup’s sales experience, combined with their background in social and traditional media marketing and knowledge of this industry, provides us with the assets we feel we need as we continue to grow”.

Additionally, Set Up Events announced that Erin Hogston, previously the director of sponsorship services for Crichton & Partners, has joined the Set Up Events team in the newly created role of Marketing Coordinator, to assist in sponsorship services and public relations for Set Up Events.

Florida-based fortyninegroup will provide full service sponsorship sales and strategic marketing for Set Up Events. In order to both reflect and enhance the accelerated growth of Set Up, fortyninegroup will develop and implement new sales and marketing strategies for 2012. fortyninegroup will utilize their expertise in social and traditional media to develop opportunities for new and existing sponsors and partners through social, online, mobile and at-event marketing elements.

“We’re extremely excited to be working with the great team at Set Up Events in building valuable new sales and social marketing initiatives for sponsors and brand partners,” said John Jones, fortyninegroup’s CEO. “With more than 100 events in eight states, combined with the company’s long-standing reputation for providing a premium participant experience, Set Up Events offers tremendous opportunities for sponsor exposure and ROI.”

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company specializing in triathlon and running events. In 2011 Set Up Events will produce over 100 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations with plans for major expansion in the near future.  For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.setupevents.com.

About fortyninegroup

 

fortyninegroup, LLC specializes in strategic business development, sponsorship and social and traditional media marketing. fortyninegroup develops multi-platform initiatives to expand and optimize reach, revenue and brand value for clients in sports, games, media and online and mobile technology sectors. For more information about fortyninegroup, visit www.fortyninegroup.com.

Moodagent News Release:

MOODAGENT FOR TABLET HAS ARRIVEDMoodagent for Touchpad

 

 

 

First dedicated tablet version debuts on the newly launched HP TouchPad

  • Moodagent, the world’s most popular mobile playlisting solution, today launches their first dedicated tablet version, developed especially for HP webOS
  • As a featured app, Moodagent will be given a showcase spot in the new HP webOS App Catalog on TouchPad as well as other promotional features

Copenhagen, Denmark (July 7, 2011) – Moodagent has today launched its first full tablet version. Moodagent for HP webOS has been designed and developed to deliver a truly integrated tablet experience and will first be available for the recently launched HP TouchPad device. With this new addition Moodagent are harnessing all of their experience in delivering the world’s best mobile playlisting app and bringing it not only to a new platform but also to a whole new environment.

Moodagent for webOS is the first “true” tablet version of Moodagent; it works in portrait and landscape mode, and has been designed specifically for the webOS design guides and UX principles. Moodagent for webOS takes full advantage of the HP TouchPad and webOS capabilities, including the vibrant 9.7-inch multi-touch display, webOS next-level multitasking to let you run multiple applications at the same time, as well as the Beats AudioTM technology for outstanding sound quality.

Moodagent sees the tablet environment as an exciting new frontier for music, with analysts predicting exponential global market growth from around 17 million units in 2010 to over 70 million units in 2012*. With this rapid market expansion the company believes that the tablet environment, with its larger screen format, will take the music exploration experience to a whole new level.

“HP’s decision to go all in with webOS across multiple form factors positions them as a very serious platform player now and for the future,” said Peter Berg Steffensen, CEO at Moodagent. “We are thrilled to have been selected as one of the first featured apps for the brand new HP TouchPad and we can’t wait to engage HP users with our innovative music experience.”

The Moodagent Experience

Moodagent is the intelligent music player that instantly creates perfect playlists from your local music library based on your mood.  Simply give Moodagent a starting track or set the sliders, and you will instantly receive a tailor made playlist based on your mood.

One of the newest features recently introduced by Moodagent is music recommendation so not only does the app know your personal music but it now delivers the most amazing recommendations and purchase suggestions matching Your taste, Your collection, Your mood, Your music style. The app’s unique technology takes everything into account, even the type of vocals, instruments, the production, and it covers all music styles from classic to punk, from Madame Butterfly to Lady Gaga … oh, and we have deals with shops so you can get the tracks easily. Couple that with the tablet environment and you’ve simply never had a better music exploration and discovery experience.

“The Moodagent app is a great fit for both the webOS platform and the TouchPad,” said Richard Kerris, vice president of webOS Worldwide Developer Relations, HP. “It reflects the power of the tablet environment as an extension of our users’ connected world, seamlessly balancing fun with productivity within their busy lives.”

Moodagent for webOS key features:

  • Instantly create mood-based playlists by setting the mood-sliders or choosing a seed track
  • Discover new music that perfectly fits your mood and location – if you like what you find, buy it in one click
  • Automatically profiles your music based on emotion, mood, genre, sub-genre, style, tempo, beat, vocals, instruments and production features
  • Remove or exclude songs and artists from playlists
  • Save and replay favorite playlists

The launch of Moodagent for webOS is another example of how the Moodagent team are building on their highly acclaimed, patented technology, to create exciting new products and solutions for their partners and are already creating the cutting edge technology today that is defining the future.

Moodagent is available on iPhone, Android, Symbian, BlackBerry, Windows desktop and now on webOS with even more to come.

About HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad is part of a growing family of webOS devices designed to keep people better connected.(1) With webOS, HP TouchPad users have a next-level multitasking experience, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, the ability to find information on the device or the web using the Just Type feature, and unobtrusive notifications.(2) TouchPad is a productivity powerhouse that also offers access to the cloud and entertainment, including movies, TV shows, games, photos, books, magazines and premium audio playback with stereo speakers and Beats Audio™ technology.(3) More information about HP TouchPad is available at www.hp.com/touchpad.

About MoodagentTM

The team at Moodagent deliver powerful solutions for leading mobile device manufacturers, mobile operators, online music businesses and streaming music services, and provides applications direct to consumers. More than 5,000,000 customers from over 200 different countries have synced over 4 billion songs to create instant playlists based on moods and emotions. Moodagent is located in Frederiksberg, Denmark, and can be found online at www.moodagent.com on Facebook at www.facebook.com/moodagent or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/moodagent

 

(1) Internet access within wireless coverage area only. Wi-Fi within range of 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi network. Some Wi-Fi hotspots may require fee for usage. Not all web content may be available. Email and related information required for setup and activation.

(2) Within wireless coverage area only. Microsoft Exchange email, contacts, and calendars available for ActiveSync only; requires Microsoft Outlook using Exchange Server 2003 with SP2, Exchange Server 2007, or Exchange Server 2010.

(3) Third-party software available separately. Within wireless coverage area only. Requires data services at additional cost. Not all apps available on all devices.

Multisport Performance Institute News Release:

MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES NEW TRAINING CAMPS, SELLOUT OF FIRST TWO PORTOFINO SUNSET TRI SERIES RACESTeamMPI Logo

 

Single Day and Long Course Multi-Day Camps added to event schedule

 

Pensacola, FL – June 28, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, today announced the addition of two new training camps to their schedules of events.

On Saturday, August 6th, MPI will hold a Single Day Training Camp at the Portofino Island Resort, on Pensacola Beach, FL. MPI’s Single Day camps offer a concise, focused program to triathletes of all levels – built on MPI’s core coaching platform of Training, Racing, Recovery, Wellness, Mental Preparation, and Nutrition. The Camp program includes a series of presentations, in addition to a group swim, ride and run.

Multisport Performance Institute’s new Multi-Day camp is the Long Course Training Camp, to be held September 16th through 18th in Panama City, FL. The host hotel is the Boardwalk Beach Resort. Athletes will have an opportunity to experience the entire Panama City course swim, bike and run course segments over a three-day camp, featuring MPI’s exclusive program of presentations and group training. TeamMPI’s coaches, Mark Sortino and John Murray, are USA Triathlon Certified and have more than 19 years of combined triathlon racing and training experience, including the Ironman™ World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. Coach Mark Sortino returns to Kona this fall, having qualified at IM Texas, 4th in his AG with a 9:52.

In addition to the new camps, MPI’s recently announced Portofino Sunset Tri Series held its first race on Thursday June 23rd. An immediate success, both the debut race, and the upcoming second series race on July 21st, sold out. Future series races take place on Thursday August 4th and 18th. All races are being held at the Portofino Island Resort, on Pensacola Beach, with a start time of 6:30PM. The race distance is a Super Sprint, comprised of a 300 yard swim, a 7.5 mile bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run.

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI said: “We knew that we could create an exciting new format of race series in the Pensacola region. With the help of the Portofino facility, and cooperation from the city, this was going to be a big win for all our area triathletes.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “The feedback we’ve been hearing from our athletes has been fantastic. We’re looking forward to putting on the next three races in the Portofino Sunset Tri Series.”

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can register for the Portofino Sunset Tri Series and other TeamMPI events, camps and clinics at TeamMPI.com and can follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or link to TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute offers 3 levels of multisport coaching plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du Kids Duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

DIY Media and SoundCloud News Release:

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DIY MEDIA EXPANDS IN THE CLOUD, INTEGRATES WITH SOUNDCLOUD

 

Strategic “Creation to Commerce” solution provides new benefits for artists

 

Seattle, WA – June 22, 2011 – DIY Media, an industry leading social commerce provider today announced an integration with SoundCloud, the world’s fastest-growing sound platform, to provide a “Creation to Commerce” solution that increases opportunities for musicians and artists to sell directly to fans.

By harnessing DIY Media’s cloud-based platform, those artists using SoundCloud may sell their tracks directly to fans around the world through their social networks and websites, using DIY Media’s easy-to-use social commerce storefronts.

“We believe this ‘creation to commerce’ integration is a powerful solution because it enables musicians to get to market faster and with a more refined and fan-supported sound than ever before,” said David Robb, CEO of DIY Media.

Alexander Ljung, SoundCloud’s founder and CEO, said: “DIY Media has demonstrated how it’s possible to create great new products and opportunities when integrating with SoundCloud’s API. We’re really happy to see this beneficial commerce platform become available to our users.”

About DIY Media

DIY Media Inc., (www.DIYMediaServices.com) is a cloud-based digital media company focused on providing professional-grade digital media management, e-commerce and marketing solutions. DIY Media’s mission is to provide innovative tools that empower social commerce and extend the reach and revenue opportunities for its customers. DIY Media provides content companies with enterprise-level asset management and the ability to conduct business whenever and wherever they need to, while substantially reducing operational expenses. DIY Media is privately held, and is based in Seattle with offices in Charlotte.

About SoundCloud

SoundCloud, launched in 2008 by Alexander Ljung and Eric Wahlforss, is an audio platform that enables anyone to create, record, promote and share their sounds on the web, in a simple, accessible and feature-rich way. SoundCloud allows sound creators to instantly record audio; upload large files; share them publicly and privately; embed sound across websites and blogs; receive detailed analytics, plus feedback from the community directly onto their waveform player. For more information go to: http://soundcloud.com

Multisport Performance Institute News Release:

MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCESPortofino Sunset Tri Logo PORTOFINO SUNSET TRI RACE SERIES

 

New Super Sprint evening series added to MPI’s triathlon event calendar

 

Pensacola, FL – June 13, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE (MPI), a leading provider of multisport coaching, training camps, clinics, specialized services and events, today announced the addition of the Portofino Sunset Tri Series to its calendar of races.

MPI’s inaugural Portofino Sunset Tri Series is a 4 race series that kicks off Thursday, June 23rd. Subsequent races will take place on Thursday evenings through the summer – on July 21st, August 4th and August 18th. All races will be held at the Portofino Island Resort, on Pensacola Beach, FL with a start time of 6:30PM.

Since the inception of the sport of triathlon, races have typically been held on weekends. The Portofino Sunset Tri Series offers a new and unique opportunity for triathletes to add additional races to their existing calendar, with evening races during the week. The races are a Super Sprint distance, comprised of a 300 yard swim, a 7.5 mile bike ride, and a 1.5 mile run. The Portofino Sunset Tri Series is designed for triathletes of all experience levels. All series races will be sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute offers 3 levels of multisport coaching plans, Single Day, Multi Day, and Long Course training camps and clinics, and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). MPI also provides specialty services in swim analysis, F.I.S.T. certified bike fitting and individualized multisport coaching. Multisport Performance Institute produces a series of youth and adult races and events including the highly successful Maritime DeLuna Du kids duathlon, the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, the Sea Turtle Tri and now the Portofino Sunset Tri Series. TeamMPI’s coaches, Mark Sortino and John Murray, are USA Triathlon Certified and have more than 19 years of combined triathlon racing and training experience, including the Ironman™ World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI stated: “We’re excited to offer the Portofino Sunset Tri Series to triathletes in the Pensacola area. We think the unique combination of the Super Sprint distance, and Thursday evening racing, will make this an extremely exciting and competitive race series.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “Presenting an opportunity for triathletes to participate in a mid-week race, is a great way for competitors of all skill levels to tune their racing abilities. It’s another way for MPI to help triathletes get Smarter, Stronger, and Faster!”

Multisport athletes can find out more about Multisport Performance Institute at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Triathletes can register for the Portofino Sunset Tri Series and other TeamMPI events, camps and clinics at TeamMPI.com and can follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or link to TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute is a diversified multisport services company, offering coaching plans, one-day and multi-day training camps and clinics, specialized coaching services including swim analysis and bike fitting, Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) and the production of a series of youth and adult races and events including the Maritime DeLuna Du kids duathlon, Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri and Portofino Sunset Tri Series. Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

Moodagent News Release:

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SYNTONETIC INTRODUCES NEWEST MEMBER OF MOODAGENT FAMILY

Unique Recommendation Technology Lets BlackBerry Smartphone Music Fans Get Their Mood On

 

 

 

Copenhagen, Denmark (May 27th 2011) – Today, SyntoneticTM, the company behind Moodagent the world’s most popular mobile playlisting app, unveiled the first version of the app created specifically for BlackBerryÒ smartphones, uniting the extensive global community of BlackBerry smartphone users with Moodagent’s 5 million music fans. To support the launch, Moodagent announced a special promotion in which customers can download Moodagent 3.0 from BlackBerry App World™ for free for a limited period.

Moodagent 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones is a cloud-based, intelligent application that makes it fast and easy to create playlists and actively get music recommendations based on your mood. Its groundbreaking music profiling technology has, for the first time, unlocked the emotional codes of music understanding the mood of any track in a truly human fashion. Moodagent’s unique technology does all the hard work for you – just tell it how you feel, or give it a starting seed track and watch it search your collection together with the world’s music library for exactly the perfect playlist for you. Moodagent gets it right every time!

In the design and development of Moodagent 3.0 significant focus has been placed on adapting the features specifically for BlackBerry smartphones OS 5.0.0 or higher. The result is a smooth and highly intuitive user experience of automated playlisting and music exploration. Most notably is the way that recommendations are presented.

Braided, Localized Recommendations: Exclusive to BlackBerry

Moodagent’s latest mobile version has a uniquely designed user interface to make playlisting and music discovery as intuitive as possible on BlackBerry smartphones. It also evolves the recently launched recommendation technology to create braided playlists which combine acoustic, emotional profiling with collaborative filtering and geographic targeting.

Unlike previous versions, recommendations on BlackBerry smartphones are presented as braided into the playlist for a continuous flow of music which mixes the users’ own music with online recommendations. Each song on the playlist triggers a recommended track, based on the inherent musical qualities of the specific track and mood profile. Press play and then users can sit back and explore up to 50 entirely new songs in a total playlist of up to 100 that match their mood completely.

Each recommendation offers a 30 second snippet of the track which users can simply listen to and move on, or, if they like what they hear, can purchase and add to their library in a click.

Braided recommendation also integrates the specialized localization element of Moodagent’s technology to ensure that no matter where in the world users are based they receive a customized and personalized experience with local music and contextual mood preferences.

“We are delighted to add support for BlackBerry smartphones to our expanding family and to create unique and powerful musical experiences for users around the world,” said Peter Berg Steffensen, CEO of Syntonetic. “The braided recommendations have been developed exclusively to deliver even richer on the go music discovery, sharing and play. It’s an entirely new way of exploring music, and it carries the Moodagent seal of accuracy.”

Play and Share: Become Your Friends’ Music Guru

Users simply set the sliders to match their mood or select a seed track from their own music library and are then presented with a full playlist of up to 50 tracks. Each track on the playlist can then generate a series of recommendations based on the inherent mood qualities of the original track.

Moodagent 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones lets users discover artists and music old and new, allowing them to then share the fun and unusual connections they uncover. Sharing moods with friends is made easy through Facebook and Twitter, by simply tweeting the track that’s playing, or by posting an entire playlist to Facebook. These posted playlists or tracks also create an instant buying experience, in which tracks can be purchased in a click.

In A Nutshell: Moodagent 3.0 for BlackBerry Smartphones Features

  • Automatically profiles your music based on emotion, mood, genre, sub-genre, style, tempo, beat, vocals, instruments and production features
  • Instantly create mood-based playlists by setting the mood-sliders or choosing a seed track
  • Music recommendations: Users can activate a playlist with a mix of their own library and then use any track within that playlist to generate online recommendations that match the specific mood values of the playing track
  • Greater mood control: Disable specific mood-sliders to exclude in the playlist
  • Intuitive UI: seamless interaction through touchscreen, trackpad and keyboard control
  • Instantly buy recommended music
  • Try before you buy: Pre-listen to recommendations
  • Save and replay favorite playlists
  • Remove songs from a playlist
  • Share your mood and taste in music on Facebook and Twitter
  • Headset Controls: All native remote control commands work with Moodagent, including pausing the song while answering a phone call

 

Moodagent for mobile has already received widespread critical acclaim for its playlist quality and musicality. The app was recently shortlisted for a Webby at the 14th Annual Webby Awards in 2010 andhas been selected as an Official Honoree for the Music category in The 15th Annual Webby Award in 2011.

 

Availability

Moodagent 3.0 for BlackBerry smartphones is now available for the BlackBerry® Torch™ 9800, BlackBerry® Storm2™, BlackBerry® CurveTM, BlackBerry® BoldTM and BlackBerry® TourTM users on BlackBerry App World (www.blackberry.com/appworld). Normally priced at $5 for the ad free version, BlackBerry App World customers can download the new app free until Friday 10th June. A free ad supported version will also be available from this date.

For more information please visit Moodagent 3.0 for Blackberry

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CAF TO HOLD DODGE PARATRIATHLON CAMP IN PENSACOLA

 

OFFICIAL TECHNICAL TRAINING CAMP OF USA PARATRIATHLON TO FEATURE ELITE COACHES AND MENTORS

San Diego, CA – April 29, 2011 – The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a world leader in creating athletic opportunities for individuals with physical disabilities, has announced its second Dodge Paratriathlon Camp to support the recent inclusion of Paratriathlon in the 2016 Summer Paralympic Games in Rio de Janiero.  The purpose of the camp is to increase interest in the sport and help aspiring paratriathletes hone their skills at a comprehensive two-and-a-half day camp focusing on technical training techniques, race preparation and nutrition.

Taking place at the Portofino Island Resort in Pensacola, FL May 5-8, 2011, the camp will be led by world-class coaches  Sergio Borges(USA Triathlon Level 3 coach), Peter Harsch (USA Triathlon Level 1 coach)and local USA Triathlon level 1 Multisport Performance Institute triathlon coaches Mark Sortino and John Murray.  Participants will be supported and mentored by some of America’s top paratriathletes, including Paul Martin, four-time ITU world champion, Sarah Reinertsen, the first woman on an artificial leg to complete the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii, and Jon Beeson, former ITU world champion and Co-chair of the USA Paratriathlon Committee.  Participants in the Dodge CAF Paratriathlon Camp will include injured 10 service members from CAF’s Operation Rebound program.

“Identifying and developing America’s paratriathletes as we prepare for the 2016 Paralympics is critical to securing spots on the podium in Rio,” said Beeson.  “Full, comprehensive camps led by top experts and authorities, such as the ones put on by the CAF, allow up-and-coming paratriathletes to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to succeed,” he added.

“We are excited to be working with our partners to provide the most comprehensive and technically advanced camp available to paratriathletes in the United States,” said Roy H. Perkins, CAF’s Senior Director of Programs.  “Our goal is to help the athletes we work with take their participation in paratriathlon to the next level – whether their goal is to make it to Rio or just set a personal best in a local event.”

The Paratriathlon categories to be included in this camp are 1, 2, 4, and 5.  For a description of these categories, please click here: http://www.usatriathlon.org/resources/for-athletes/paratriathlon/classification).

The Dodge brand is partnering with the CAF for the charity’s 2011 season. In addition to sponsoring the Dodge Paratriathlon camp, the Dodge brand serves as a “Global Partner” for the foundation and is the “Title Sponsor” of CAF’s Million Dollar Challenge.

About Challenged Athletes Foundation

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports.  CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life.  Since 1994, more than $30 million has been raised and almost 5,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year.

Whether it’s  providing a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear:  give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love.  To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858/866.0959.

About Dodge Brand

Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive. The brand is on a tear for the 2011 model year, redefining itself with six all-new or significantly redesigned new vehicles, introducing new lifestyle packages designed to better meet the needs of its customers, launching catchy new ads that have started conversations with owners and potential owners, actively participating in new events and sponsorships and developing relationships with its long-loyal enthusiast base, as well as reaching out to customers who want cars that leave them wanting more.

For the 2011 model year, the Dodge brand is filling dealer showrooms with a vast array of new and updated products. The Dodge product line includes the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, and the Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro.

Music Reports News Release:

MUSIC REPORTS ANNOUNCES MECHANICAL LICENSING AND REPORTING PARTNERSHIP WITH OMNIFONE FOR CLOUD MUSIC SERVICES IN THE UNITED STATES

 

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – April 27, 2011 – Music Reports today announced that it has entered into an agreement with cloud music service provider Omnifone to manage mechanical licensing and royalty reporting for Omnifone’s MusicStation Platform in the United States. Omnifone is the leading independent provider of cloud music services to consumer electronics vendors, ISPs, mobile and automotive companies globally with cloud music services live across 22 countries today on a range of device platforms.

About Music Reports:

 

Music Reports, Inc. is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including:  copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com

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MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF TEAMMPI.COM AND NEW MARKETING INITIATIVES

New website and social marketing kickoff exciting multisport season

 

Pensacola, FL – April 12, 2011 – MULTISPORT PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE, a leading provider of multisport coaching, clinics, specialized services and events, today announced the launch of its new website, TeamMPI.com and innovative technology and social marketing features to enhance its best-of-breed training experience for TeamMPI athletes.

Multisport Performance Institute provides a diverse spectrum of services uniquely structured for both novice and experienced multisport athletes. Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute offers 3 levels of multisport coaching plans, one-day and multi-day training camps and clinics, specialty services, and a series of youth and adult races and events including the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon, Sea Turtle Tri and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). TeamMPI’s coaches, Mark Sortino and John Murray, are USA Triathlon Certified and have more than 19 years of combined triathlon racing and training experience, including the Ironman™ World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Since the sport’s inception, technology has been integral to triathlon. TeamMPI uses technology to drive athlete performance improvements and optimize the training and racing experience for its athletes and events. TeamMPI’s new technology and marketing initiatives include an expanded use of video for athlete performance reviews and tips, webinars to focus on specific opportunities for athlete improvement, an increased availability of content and athlete resources on TeamMPI.com and a newly expanded social media presence through TeamMPI’s facebook page and Twitter. TeamMPI’s new site, technology and marketing initiatives enhance the scientific approach central to TeamMPI’s coaching programs – as F.I.S.T. certified bike fitters, and in the use of TrainingPeaks software for TeamMPI athletes.

Mark Sortino, CEO of TeamMPI stated: “We’re excited to add these advanced features to our existing athlete programs and services. When we say ‘TeamMPI – Smarter, Stronger, Faster’, it means we’re constantly improving our programs to encourage our athletes’ performance and the benefits they gain from working with TeamMPI.”

John Murray, TeamMPI’s President added: “At TeamMPI we’re passionate about providing the highest level of expertise and the most advanced coaching platform for our athletes. We know that this enhanced technology will significantly improve our athletes’ experience with TeamMPI at clinics, camps and races.”

Multisport athletes can find out more about TeamMPI at TeamMPI.com where they can sign up for coaching programs, services, camps and clinics, and TeamMPI’s e-mail newsletter. Athletes can register for TeamMPI events at TeamMPI.com and can follow TeamMPI (@TeamMPI) on Twitter or link to TeamMPI’s facebook page.

About Multisport Performance Institute

Established in 2010, Multisport Performance Institute is a diversified multisport services company, offering coaching plans, one-day and multi-day training camps and clinics, specialized coaching services including swim analysis and bike fitting, and the production of a series of youth and adult races and events including the Jubilee Kid’s Triathlon and Sea Turtle Tri and Paratriathlon training in conjunction with the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF). Multisport Performance Institute is privately held and is based in Pensacola, Florida.

DIY Media News Release:

DIY MEDIA ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF DIY MUSIC PLATFORM

New Social Commerce platform provides tools to extend reach, conversion and monetization for music sales

Seattle, WA – March 9, 2011 – DIY Media, a leading provider of innovative social commerce tools for the global entertainment industry, announced today that it has launched its first product platform, DIY Music.

DIY Music provides a direct-to-consumer digital music, Social Commerce and marketing platform for artists, labels, music publishers and distributors. With DIY Music’s suite of Powerful tools, customers can quickly build highly customizable portable music download storefronts for social network sites like Facebook and Twitter, or on websites and blogs. Storefronts are also accessible using Android-based handsets and tablets. Customers can learn more and sign up today at www.diymusicplatform.com

DIY Music employs cloud-based technology to enable professional media management and content fulfillment with DIY’s advanced widget, backed by Amazon’s Web Services and Payments ensuring a simplified in-site checkout process and download. DIY’s innovative, soon to be released, Friends Of Friends program allows content owners to quickly expand their points of sale through social networks and fan communities.

David Robb, CEO of DIY Media stated: “We believe that the music community will quickly embrace the opportunities for expanded reach, conversion and monetization that DIY Music provides. With DIY’s advanced tools and platform, users have the flexibility to sell individual tracks, albums or entire catalogs – even the option of selling WAV files – while controlling pricing and territorial availability. It truly gives the content owner the ability to Do It Yourself and changes the way music is sold.”

Customers can sign up now through www.diymusicplatform.com and upload and prepare their content for sale in minutes. DIY Music allows for high volume uploads supporting catalogs from single songs to millions of tracks.

Robb added: “DIY has significantly advanced the opportunities for download sales. With DIY’s suite of services, any content owner can quickly reach their fans, who in turn can reach their friends. Artists and content owners can access an entirely new audience with every widget and storefront they create.”

About DIY Media

DIY Media Inc., (www.diymediaservices.com) is a cloud-based digital media company focused on providing professional-grade digital media management, e-commerce and marketing solutions. DIY Media’s mission is to provide innovative tools that empower social commerce and extend the reach and revenue opportunities for its customers. DIY Media provides content companies with enterprise-level asset management and the ability to conduct business whenever and wherever they need to, while substantially reducing operational expenses. DIY Media is privately held, and is based in Seattle with offices in Charlotte.

 

Music Reports News Release:

MUSIC REPORTS ANNOUNCES MUSIC PUBLISHING LICENSING AND REPORTING AGREEMENT WITH CRICKET COMMUNICATIONS, INC.

 

WOODLAND HILLS, CA (February 9, 2011) – Music Reports today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Cricket Communications, Inc. to provide music publishing data matching, licensing and royalty reporting services for Cricket’s Muve Music digital music service.  Muve Music is the first digital music service in the United States to offer consumers unlimited music downloads, ringtones, and ringback tones as part of a wireless plan.

About Music Reports:

 

Music Reports, Inc. is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including:  copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com

 

Music Reports News Release:

MUSIC REPORTS ANNOUNCES MUSIC PUBLISHING LYRIC RIGHTS ADMINISTRATION PARTNERSHIP WITH GRACENOTE

WOODLAND HILLS, CA (December 1, 2010) – Music Reports, Inc. today announced that it has entered into a multi-year agreement with Gracenote to administer the music publishing rights and royalty accounting for Gracenote’s lyric service in North America.  Pursuant to the agreement, Music Reports will provide Gracenote with an end-to-end suite of services, including copyright research, clearance administration, royalty accounting, usage reporting, and royalty payment services.

“We are excited to partner with Gracenote, which offers the leading licensed lyric service in the music industry”, said Douglas J. Brainin, President and CEO of Music Reports.  “We are confident that our ability to effectively manage music publishing rights will allow the company to expand its service offerings to music lyric distribution outlets throughout North America.”

Gracenote’s lyrics service provides authorized, high quality lyrics for hundreds of thousands of tracks, including new releases, from the four major publishers as well as dozens of prominent independent publishers.

About Music Reports:

 

Music Reports, Inc. is the leading independent provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. Music Reports offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including:  copyright research; music licensing; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; business intelligence; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com

BuyWidget News Release:

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BUYWIDGET LAUNCHES NEW BRAND EXTENSION SITES

 

New services allow any school or church to easily sell digital music

 

MIAMI, FL (November 10, 2010) – BuyWidget, the social commerce network, announced today that it has launched two new brand extensions of the core BuyWidget service.

SchoolBuyWidget (SchoolBuyWidget) works with any US school, allowing the institution to enhance their website experience and derive added revenue through installing BuyWidget on their school’s site or blog.

FaithBuyWidget (FaithBuyWidget) works with any US faith-based website, allowing the site corresponding to any church, place of worship, or any individual site owner to add a BuyWidget to their site to monetize traffic and derive additional revenue.

BuyWidget eliminates the need for any site to integrate a proprietary cart or e-commerce solution, and unlike typical affiliate models, the entire experience and transaction takes place on the actual site where the widget is located, avoiding the redirection of visitors to a third party, competitive or potentially unknown site.

With just a few quick steps, site owners can search from more than 11 million high quality MP3s (encoded at 296 kbps or higher), build an appropriate playlist, add their own school or faith-based logo to their BuyWidget, name the playlist and embed the BuyWidget code. BuyWidget supports standard HTML, WordPress, TypePad or Blogger sites. Site publishers can update the BuyWidget songs and albums or the sequence as often as they like. BuyWidget does not require a monthly sales minimum, setup charge or initiation fee. BuyWidget sites are paid for sales through their PayPal accounts. A video tutorial is available at www.buywidget.com

BuyWidget allows a site publisher to embed playlists to accompany music-related or seasonal events. Widgets can be built using either pre-programmed or personalized thematic or topic-specific playlists to provide appropriately suggested tracks for events and special occasions – with all songs or albums quickly purchasable from the associated BuyWidget.

“These new Faith and SchoolBuyWidget social commerce services, present great opportunities for the organizations to enhance the web experience and monetize the traffic they have. We see all sorts of situations where playlists could be built for school events, or specific worship celebrations.” said John Jones, CEO of BuyWidget. “Similar to our music and blog-based sites, It’s a great opportunity for sites of all traffic levels to derive incremental income from the sale of music downloads, built around a personalized playlist of meaningful music selections and recommendations, and for artists and labels to virally expand their points of sales distribution beyond dedicated online music commerce sites. We expect to continue to expand the core Buywidget brand through these new networks of BuyWidget sites.”

 

About BuyWidget

BuyWidget (www.buywidget.com) is a social commerce network, application and service provider. Sites, portals and blogs use BuyWidget to engage their users, enhance their user experience and derive added revenue from their traffic. BuyWidget is a division of fortyninegroup, LLC. For more information, go to www.buywidget.com or www.fortyninegroup.com

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FORTYNINEGROUP ANNOUNCES MOBILE APPLICATIONS STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Company now offers app development in iOS and Android platforms

 

MIAMI, FL (September 14, 2010) – fortyninegroup, the global digital strategy products and services provider, announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Jetmind Technologies, a leading provider of online, and mobile applications and development.

With this partnership, fortyninegroup will expand its portfolio of services to offer Jetmind Technologies’ top-rated iPhone, iPad and Android applications and development services to its current and new clients in the Content, Technology, Health and Financial Services, Consumer Products, and Sports and Games sectors.

Jetmind Technologies has developed a diverse portfolio of mobile applications in both iOS (iPhone, iPad, iTouch) and Android platforms. Application types include Social Networks, Games, Health, Retail, eBooks, and Arts and Leisure. Jetmind has developed applications for clients such as major home supply retailers, allowing for full item search and purchase on the Android platform. “Color Wars”, a Jetmind-developed game was previously both a What’s Hot featured game, and a Top 10 Application in the iTunes App Store.

“We’re very excited about this new partnership… Jetmind Technologies has built a best-of-breed development culture as demonstrated in the performance of their applications, backed with the economic efficiencies, and expediency that companies are looking for”, said John Jones, CEO of fortyninegroup.

“Our strategic partnership with fortyninegroup will enable us to deliver compelling new mobile experiences for a multitude of customers in many industry verticals,” said Alex Bulgakov, Founder and General Manager of Jetmind Technologies. “This agreement paves the way to providing a one-stop solution for design, development and support of mobile applications as more and more people become connected across all kinds of devices.”

A partial portfolio of Jetmind Technologies’ applications may be obtained by request from fortyninegroup.

 

About fortyninegroup

fortyninegroup, LLC (www.fortyninegroup.com) is a full service digital strategy company providing digital and social optimization, application and product development, business and brand development to clients in the content, technology, health and financial services, consumer products and sports and games sectors. fortyninegroup optimizes, diversifies and enhances clients’ online and mobile user experience, visitor engagement and revenue streams.

About Jetmind Technologies

Jetmind Technologies (www.jetmind.com) is a diversified software development company created to match the rising demand for mobile & web information technology services with winning combination of the top-gun software developers available in Eastern Europe (the Ukraine) and experienced New York-based management. To generate superior value, Jetmind combines its technological expertise in mobile, web and desktop solutions with the advantages of global delivery.

Music Reports News Release:

MUSIC REPORTS ANNOUNCES MUSIC PUBLISHING LICENSING AND REPORTING PARTNERSHIP WITH RDIO

June 23, 2010

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Music Reports, Inc. today announced that it is working with Rdio, the new social music service from the founders of Skype and Kazaa, to administer the mechanical licensing and royalty accounting for Rdio’s music subscription service in the United States.

Pursuant to the agreement, Rdio will participate in Music Reports’ licensing and reporting program for digital music services. Under this program, Music Reports pays royalties to, and prepares music usage reports and royalty accounting statements for, more than 20,000 music publishing administrators representing more than 90,000 publisher payees. Then publishers conveniently download the music usage reports and accounting statements from password-protected Music Reports Websites.

“We are excited to be chosen by Rdio to manage their mechanical licensing and royalty accounting obligations”, said Douglas J. Brainin, President and CEO of Music Reports. “We are confident that this exciting new service will rapidly attract subscribers, thereby generating significant royalty income for music publishers.”

About Music Reports

Music Reports, Inc. is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including: copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services.  To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com

About Rdio

Rdio brings music alive with its social music service where you can discover music through friends and tastemakers. Rdio takes the work out of the deciding what to play next and connects the music in your Web browser with your mobile phone. You can play as many songs you want, anytime, anywhere. Rdio was founded by Janus Friis with Niklas Zennström and Atomico, a leading technology investment group. To learn more, please visit www.rdio.com

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BuyWidget News Release:

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BUYWIDGET EMBEDDABLE MUSIC DOWNLOAD WIDGET LAUNCHES

Service allows any site or blog to instantly and easily sell digital music

 

MIAMI, FL (May 26, 2010) – BuyWidget, the distributed commerce service, announced today that it has launched its new embeddable music download widget. With the launch of BuyWidget, any site or blog can instantly and easily build a custom playlist, embed a widget, and sell track or album music downloads to their visitors.

BuyWidget allows site owners to enhance their user experience and derive added revenue. BuyWidget eliminates the need for any site to integrate a proprietary cart or e-commerce solution, and unlike standard affiliate sales models, the entire transaction takes place on the actual site where the widget is located, avoiding the redirection of visitors to a third party or competitive site.

With just a few quick steps, bloggers or site owners can search from more than 8 million high quality MP3s (encoded at 296 kbps or higher), build their personalized playlist, add their own logo to their BuyWidget, name the playlist and embed the BuyWidget code. BuyWidget supports standard HTML, WordPress, TypePad or Blogger sites. Site publishers can update the BuyWidget tracks and albums or the sequence as often as they like. To fulfill the BuyWidget downloads, BuyWidget has partnered with MediaNet, the leading provider of premium digital media content. BuyWidget does not require a monthly sales minimum, setup charge or initiation fee.

BuyWidget allows a site publisher to embed playlists to accompany music-related editorial stories, music reviews, and artist profiles. Widgets can be built using either pre-programmed or personalized thematic or topic-specific playlists to provide appropriately suggested tracks for events and special occasions – with all songs or albums quickly purchasable from the associated BuyWidget.

“With BuyWidget, website owners, blog owners and publishers can build a truly immersive experience – where music transactions are closely tied to their site’s editorial content,” said John Jones, CEO of BuyWidget. “It’s a great opportunity for sites of all traffic levels to derive incremental income from the sale of music downloads, built around a personalized playlist of meaningful music choices and recommendations, and for artists and labels to virally expand their points of sales distribution beyond dedicated online music commerce sites.”

About BuyWidget

BuyWidget (www.buywidget.com) is a distributed commerce application and service provider. Sites, portals and blogs use BuyWidget to enhance their user experience and derive added revenue from their traffic. BuyWidget is a division of fortyninegroup, LLC. For more information, go to www.buywidget.com or www.fortyninegroup.com

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MediaNet News Release:

MEDIANET LAUNCHES EBOOK CATALOG AND DISTRIBUTION SERVICE

 

Success in Digital Music Distribution is Expanded to Deliver Comprehensive eBooks Digital Bookstore and Full-Featured Product Offering

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (April 28, 2010) – MediaNet, the leading service provider for the distribution of premium digital media, introduced today a comprehensive eBook catalog and product offering.  The advanced MN Open platform that MediaNet has successfully built for digital music will now support the integration of eBooks using an intuitive API that has been widely adopted by more than 100 application developers, web publishers and online retailers for music offerings.

MediaNet will make available a broad catalog of eBooks including the most popular titles that are available through major physical and online book sellers. These eBooks will initially be offered in the Adobe ePub and PDF formats which are compatible with a wide variety of devices including PC, Mac, Sony Reader, Nook and new entrants such as the Plastic Logic Que, and additional formats will be introduced as needed. Currently there are applications available in the marketplace that will allow for compatibility with the “iDevices” including the iPhone and iPad, similar to the applications available for digital music.

 

Alan McGlade, CEO of MediaNet stated: “MediaNet has a long track record in the music business with proven success in the digital delivery of premium music content.  MediaNet currently powers music metadata, streams and downloads for over one hundred digital retailers and online entertainment destinations. The integration of eBooks comes at the right time for this burgeoning industry and is a natural extension of MediaNet’s digital music roots.”

 

MediaNet’s eBook service will be accessed by web publishers and application developers through an API built on top of MediaNet’s enterprise class content delivery platform. MediaNet’s API provides complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and content catalog. Online retailers can rapidly implement more advanced browsing, discovery, and purchase options under their own brand. MediaNet will make available its popular suite of Web Components for the eBooks offering in the next month.  With no coding required and a quick time to market, MediaNet’s Web Components allow anyone to place dynamically displayed eBook content anywhere on the Web. This offers a contextually rich experience with eBooks content presented to end users in a relevant manner when they are most interested in an author or subject and likely to transact.

 

New MediaNet customers can sign-up for the MN Open eBook service by going to www.mndigital.com <http://www.mndigital.com/> . They will be able to incorporate a versatile and intelligent download manager to simplify the acquisition and management of eBooks for their end users. Once an eBook service is successfully launched, MediaNet customers will be given access to a sophisticated real-time reporting portal to monitor sales activity.

Alan McGlade added:  “The MN Open eBook solution gives web publishers and application developers access to a new form of premium digital content that will increase user engagement and generate sales.  Book publishers will see a significant broadening of eBook distribution online with a powerful new marketing platform for titles to be exposed to consumers when they are most likely to purchase them. In addition, MediaNet’s entry in the growing eBooks marketplace will spur innovation by lowering the barrier to entry for a broad range of online retailers and encouraging new ways to present eBooks and touch consumers.”

 

Music Reports News Release:

MUSIC REPORTS AND AUDIBLE MAGIC ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP

Companies to Expand Licensing and Reporting Solutions for Digital Music

April 22, 2010

WOODLAND HILLS, CA. and LOS GATOS, CA – Music Reports, the leading independent provider of music rights administration services in the U.S., and Audible Magic, the leading provider of electronic media identification and copyright tracking services in the U.S., today announced the formation of a strategic partnership to expand music publishing licensing and reporting solutions for broadcasters, Internet websites, and other digital music users.

Pursuant to this partnership, the two companies have matched the Audible Magic database of sound recording “fingerprints” to the songs registered in Music Reports’ Songdex® database, and the companies will continue to match their databases, on an ongoing basis, as they are updated with new fingerprints and songs.  The companies intend to jointly develop processes whereby data related to the matched databases may be transmitted electronically to music users, for purposes of music licensing and royalty reporting.

These activities will enable the companies to perform music publisher and performing rights society market share analysis for music users, as well as facilitate efficient licensing and more transparent reporting to rights owners and collecting societies, to the economic benefit of both rights owners and music users.

“For too long, digital music users have had no way of knowing which songs are controlled by which music publishers and by which collecting societies”, said Les Watkins, SVP of Business Affairs and Business Development for Music Reports. “This has created an inefficient marketplace for music rights, so that users have been limited in their licensing options.  Through this partnership with Audible Magic, we will open up lucrative direct licensing opportunities for music publishers, while reducing transaction costs and overall royalty payments for social media websites and other music users.”

“Music Reports provides licensing and reporting services to many of the leading US broadcasters and websites. With this new relationship, we’re able to provide a more integrated set of services to support the new business models for licensing content that meets the needs of the rights owners, the collecting societies, the distributors and consumers of music” said Vance Ikezoye, CEO of Audible Magic. “Our aim is to increase the legitimate uses of music and ensure artists and songwriters are properly compensated.”

About Music Reports

Music Reports, Inc. (www.musicreports.com) is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including: copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services.  For more information, go to www.musicreports.com

About Audible Magic®

Headquartered in Los Gatos, California, Audible Magic (www.audiblemagic.com) is the leading provider of content management and anti-piracy services. Its patented content identification technologies and extensive reference database enable Web 2.0 websites, CD/DVD replicators, P2P networking companies, ISPs, colleges and universities to monitor, track, manage, filter and monetize multi-media digital content as needed. For more information, go to www.audiblemagic.com

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MediaNet News Release:

MediaNet Tops 100 New Customers for Digital Delivery Of Premium Content

 

 

Milestone Reached Within Six Months of Debuting MN Open API and Web Components

April 15, 2010

New York, NY, April 15, 2010 – MediaNet, the industry leading business-to-business provider of premium digital media content, announced today that more than 100 new customers have signed on to provide digital music content from the advanced MN Open platform.  MediaNet debuted a new set of products including the MN Open API and a suite of Web Components for the delivery of premium digital music content six months ago.

Alan McGlade, CEO of MediaNet, commented:  “Adding one hundred new customers in six months clearly demonstrates the interest web publishers and application developers have in integrating premium media into their product offerings for consumers. Recently we added a fully automated sign-up path on our web site and as a result, the rate of new customer sign-ups has accelerated further.”

For a complete list of MediaNet’s new customers, go to: http://www.mndigital.com/about-us/customers.html.  MediaNet’s customers range from global brands to niche web publishers and application developers in various sectors including major news providers, social media platforms, casual video games publishers and direct payment companies.

McGlade added: “MediaNet’s rapid success has been based on providing a low barrier to entry and reducing friction so that a website or application of any size and scale can easily provide premium digital content to their users.  Our customers can focus on their users while MediaNet handles licensing, reporting and royalty payments, along with content ingestion, management and delivery through the advanced MN Open platform.”

Music Reports News Release:

Music Reports Announces Partnership With TuneWiki

Agreement will enable tracking for song lyrics licensing and reporting on TuneWiki, a leading social music player.

 

April 7, 2010

WOODLAND HILLS, CA – Music Reports, Inc. and TuneWiki today announced that they have entered into an agreement for Music Reports to administer the U.S. song lyrics licensing and royalty accounting for subtitled song lyrics appearing on the TuneWiki social player for mobile phones.

Pursuant to the agreement, Music Reports will license lyric rights from music publishers on behalf of TuneWiki. Music Reports will then leverage its proprietary Songdex® database to identify the songs contained in the catalogs of the licensing music publishers, as well as report lyric usage and pay royalties to the licensing music publishers.

“Our relationship with TuneWiki enables us to enter the song lyrics rights administration business for the very first time”, said Les Watkins, SVP of Business Affairs and Business Development for Music Reports. “We are excited to work with the TuneWiki team, which has developed a revolutionary new way for consumers to enjoy song lyrics on mobile phones.”

“Given the continuous growth in users and playbacks on the TuneWiki social music player, it is critical we have a first-rate partner like Music Reports to help manage our administration services,” said Larry Goldberg, Chief Operating Officer for TuneWiki. “Our relationship with the music industry is very important to us and Music Reports is the ideal company for reporting royalties given their industry leading expertise.”

About Music Reports

Music Reports, Inc. (www.musicreports.com) is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary technology systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry. Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® datatbase. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services including: copyright research, music clearance, sales data consolidation, music usage reporting, royalty accounting and royalty payment. Music Reports clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focuesed on media and information services. To learn more, please visit www.musicreports.com

About TuneWIki

TuneWiki (www.tunewiki.com) is the internationally award-winning social music player with the largest legally licensed lyrics database in the world. TuneWiki is revolutionizing the mobile music experience by combining subtitled lyrics with music and music videos, lyrics translations  into over 40 languages, real-time mapping, geographical charting and social networking. TuneWiki’s proprietary technology combines lyrics with the music you play whether from your locally stored library or a streaming internet source. Founded in 2007, the company has offices in Los Angeles, California and Bellbrook, Ohio. To learn more, please visit www.tunewiki.com

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Music Reports News Release:

Music Reports Announces Music Publishing Licensing and Reporting Agreement with Zune.

 

February 17, 2010

WOODLAND HILLS, CA.  Music Reports Inc. today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Zune for Music Reports to administer the music publishing licensing and royalty accounting for the Zune Pass subscription service in the United States.

Zune will participate in Music Reports’ statutory mechanical licensing and reporting program for digital music services.  Under this program, Music Reports distributes royalties on behalf of digital music services to, and prepares music usage reports and royalty accounting statements for, more than 17,000 music publishing administrators representing more than 65,000 individual publishers.   Publishers have the option to download electronic music usage reports and accounting statements from password-protected Music Reports websites.

About Music Reports

Music Reports, Inc. (www.musicreports.com) is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  Music Reports also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including:  copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting and royalty payment.  Music Reports’ clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, major record labels, mobile carriers and aggregators, and consumer products companies. Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services.

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Music Reports Release:

Music Reports Announces Distribution of More Than $5 Million in Mechanical Royalties on Behalf of Digital Music Service Clients

September 16, 2009

WOODLAND HILLS, CA.  Music Reports Inc. (“MRI”), the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States, today announced that it has distributed more than $5,000,000 in statutory mechanical royalties on behalf of its digital music service clients. These royalties have been calculated at the rates applicable to on-demand streams and limited downloads, as determined by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board in 2008. Statutory mechanical licenses from MRI now cover more than 1 billion plays of digital music per month.

“Publishers are reaping great financial benefits from our statutory mechanical licensing program for digital music services,” said Douglas J. Brainin, President and CEO of Music Reports. “This program continues to be a critical component of any licensing strategy for digital music services.”

MRI now pays statutory mechanical royalties to more than 12,000 music publishing administrators, representing over 50,000 individual music publishers. MRI clients use the statutory mechanical license to obtain rights from the tens of thousands of independent music publishers who do not license through the Harry Fox Agency.

About Music Reports

Music Reports, Inc. (www.musicreports.com) is the leading provider of music rights administration services in the United States. The company’s proprietary systems and applications set the standard for technology in the music industry.  MRI also maintains the largest database of music copyright information in the world, the Songdex® database. The company offers a full spectrum of music rights administration services, including:  copyright research; music clearance; sales data consolidation; music usage reporting; royalty accounting; and royalty payment.  MRI clients include the world’s largest television and radio broadcasters, digital music services, background music services, record labels, mobile carriers, and consumer products companies. MRI is a portfolio company of ABRY Partners, one of North America’s leading private equity investment firms, which is focused on media and information services.

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MediaNet News Release:

MediaNet Announces Revolutionary New Products to Bring Digital Music to the Masses

25 Customers Already Signed including iLike, MOG, Ultimate Guitar, Intertech Media

New York, NY, September 17, 2009 — MediaNet, the industry leading business-to-business provider of premium music and media delivery to customers of all sizes, announced today two new products, easy to install Web Components and an API through the Company’s advanced enterprise technology platform, MN Open.

Alan McGlade, CEO of MediaNet, stated: “MediaNet is delivering the next generation of music services.  We are changing the paradigm by bringing music to the user rather than forcing them to go to a handful of centralized online destinations to acquire downloads.  The MN Open Web Components and API offer for the first time, the ability to engage users in the moment to discover and purchase music, while our customers can keep them on their site longer and maximize revenue.”

Customers can now sign up for the MN Open Web Components and API for free at www.mndigital.com and have a digital music offering up and running on their website or application quickly.

With the MN Open API, customers have complete control over the user experience, functionality, e-commerce and a 7 million song catalog with all services delivered under their brand.  The API features include:

  • Integration into any website or application
  • Advanced catalog search capabilities with fuzzy matching
  • Access to a portion of or the entire catalog and customized pricing
  • Rich metadata for every song, album and artist
  • Use of MediaNet’s e-commerce engine or integration with the customer’s existing e-commerce
  • Compatibility with any programming language

MediaNet’s suite of Web Components is easy to install and incorporate into a website with no coding required. Customers copy and paste the code snippets anywhere on their page with their branding front and center. Web Components include:

  • Media Matcher: Automatically matches MediaNet’s catalog against existing web content
  • Media Links: Hyperlinks references to artists, albums and songs within existing content on page
  • Relevant Media Search: Integrates into site’s existing search and returns media results alongside regular search
  • Media Explorer: Dynamically displays music-related information with purchasable media
  • Media Charts: Charts top selling content to entice music discovery, sampling and purchases
  • Media Purchase: Fulfills purchases through an automatically configured and setup component which appears in its dedicated, secure window

Since introducing these products in the last eight weeks, MediaNet has signed up over 25 new customers from social media destinations, kiosk provider, and radio stations, to musician sites, music blogs, and news organizations.

Hadi Partovi, President, iLike, commented:  “MediaNet’s technology made it easy for iLike to roll out an MP3 store in record time. iLike’s in-page MP3 purchase functionality helps keep iLike’s user base on the site, engaged in the discovery and sampling of music, while making the purchasing process easy.”

David Hyman, founder and CEO, MOG, added:  “MediaNet has all of the right components we need to launch a streaming music service.  A comprehensive catalog, superior back-end technology and the right pricing made it easy for MOG to select MediaNet as our music service provider.  The integration process has been excellent and we are very excited about delivering new features for music lovers to interact and engage with MOG.”

Frank Murray, President of Intertech Media remarked:  “With more than 1,000 radio station websites under management, Intertech Media is constantly looking for new ways to add value and revenue for our clients.  MediaNet’s API and Web Components allow us to advance our mission of providing tools to keep listeners engaged online for longer periods of time with music content that is exciting and relevant.  With MediaNet’s advanced platform, we have solved the problem for our clients to stop sending their users outbound to third party sites for music purchasing while creating a more seamless and integrated listening environment.”

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MediaNet’s world-class technology platform, MN Open, offers an API and easy to use Web Components that deliver a set of powerful music and media content products including streams, downloads, music search, contextual matching and other media discovery tools to engage end users while keeping them on your website or application longer to maximize revenues. MediaNet powers music and media delivery for brands of all sizes including iLike, Zune, HMV, Tesco, MOG, Ultimate Guitar, Intertech Media and many more.

MediaNet is privately-held and is headquartered in New York with offices in Seattle.

Music Reports Press Release:

Music Reports Announces Launch of Industry’s First Online Accounting for Digital Music Use

 

May 20, 2009

 

WOODLAND HILLS – Music Reports Inc., the leading provider of music rights administration services, today announced that it will commence accounting to more than 12,000 music publishers representing over 50,000 individual copyright owners on behalf of its digital distribution clients. This is the first accounting under an industry-wide agreement between music publishers, record labels and digital distributors in conjunction with the 2008 royalty rate set by the Copyright Royalty Board. Usage reporting and accounting will be available online for the first time in music publishing history.

This month, more than 12,000 music publishers may log in to password-protected websites at www.musicreports.com to view accountings, download monthly usage reports, and update song ownership information. Unequaled in digital copyright expertise, Music Reports has issued more than 5 million Notices Of Intent (NOIs), and negotiated thousands of licenses on behalf of its digital distribution clients in anticipation of the establishment of a royalty rate determined by the Copyright Royalty Board. To manage the accounting and fee settlement process, Music Reports will leverage the power of Songdex®, its independent database of music publishing copyright information. The company uses Songdex® to process over a billion digital transactions per month.

“Our strategies have focused on speed to market for content distributors, robust systems and services, and transparency for music publishers. With the launch of our new web-enabled royalty accounting application, we have created a world class data resource for both content distributors and copyright owners.”, said Douglas J. Brainin, President and CEO of Music Reports, Inc.

About Music Reports

 

Music Reports, Inc. (MRI), located in Woodland Hills, CA, is a leading provider of music rights administration services.  With cutting-edge technology, proprietary systems and applications, and Songdex®, the world’s only independent database of music publishing copyright information, Music Reports is the most innovative and accomplished rights organization in media.

Music Reports offers a full spectrum of licensing services including copyright research, license fee negotiations, sales data consolidation, music use reporting, royalty accounting and fee settlement.  Music Reports’ clients are among the world’s most recognized broadcasters, cable companies, record labels, digital media services, wireless carriers, and consumer products companies.

Music Reports is a portfolio company of ABRY partners, one of North America’s leading, media-focused private equity investment firms.