For Immediate Release
June 15, 2006
NAUTICA® AND MICHAEL EPSTEIN SPORTS PRODUCTIONS EXTEND 10-YEAR PARTNERSHIP
Malibu, California - Nautica® and Michael Epstein Sports Productions, Inc. (MESP) are proud to announce the multiyear extension of Nautica’s title sponsorship of the annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon. The triathlon, in its 20th year, brings over 2,500 triathletes to Zuma Beach in CA to compete and raise funds for the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
“We are proud to announce the continuation of this great relationship,” said Michael Epstein, Event Founder and Organizer. “Nautica has truly allowed us to create and icon event in the sport of triathlon, that combines athletes, fundraising and celebrities into an amazing property that benefits everyone involved.” Each year, the event attracts professional triathletes, A-list celebrities, weekend warriors, and triathlon first-timers for a weekend of physical challenges and charity fundraising. The ten-year partnership between Nautica and MESP has enjoyed incredible success in both money raised and the great number of diverse participants who look forward to competing in the annual event. Last year alone, athletes participating in the event raised over $500,000 for the foundation, which is devoted to creating hope for children and families across the world living with HIV/AIDS, while also striving to eradicate pediatric AIDS.
Nautica® is proud to be associated with this iconic event for the past 10 years. “It is the winning combination of athletic competition and an incredible sense of philanthropy that makes us proud to provide our support, making this event possible,” President and CEO of VF Sportswear, Denise V. Seegal explains. “Together with Michael Epstein Sports Production, Nautica® looks forward to the continuing success of our partnership.”
“The Nautica Malibu Triathlon encourages people to push themselves both physically and emotionally,” said Epstein. “The raw energy and infectious sense of achievement gives us a real buzz, even after 20 years!”
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon remains a key event in the triathlon circuit, and what was once the domain of marathons, the triathlon’s multi-sport format has become an increasingly popular challenge for amateurs to take on both individually and as part of a team.
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon takes place each year in September, and this year celebrated its 20th anniversary with over 2,500 athletes crossing the finish line on Sunday September 17, 2006.
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