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Triathlon: 5th Anniversary Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon Returns to Fairmount Park

More than 4,000 athletes, including 31 pros, set to compete this weekend

Philadelphia, PA -- June 24, 2009 -- This weekend marks the 5th anniversary of one of the top ranked multi-sport events in the country -- the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon presented by Suzuki. Taking place June 26-28, the event hosts three days of competition and activities with more than 4,000 athletes ready to swim, bike and run their way through Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, America's greatest urban park.

The record breaking pro field for Sunday's Olympic distance race includes two time defending women's champion Rebeccah Wassner and David Thompson, also a two time champion. The professional wave will start at 6:55 A.M. on Sunday.

The race was named a top-five triathlon in the United States by Outside Magazine and was lauded as one of the top big city triathlons by Inside Triathlon Magazine. Founded in 2005, the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon has grown from a one day event into a triathlon festival weekend featuring a multisport expo, kids events and both a sprint and Olympic distance triathlon.

"The Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon is proud to celebrate its fifth anniversary as one of the premier triathlons in the U.S.," said Lars Beck, Race Director. "Thanks to the tremendous support of the city, Philadelphia Insurance Companies, Suzuki, and all of our sponsors we are thrilled to welcome our athletes and thousands of spectators to town this weekend. Additionally, we will host a record 31 pros competing in the Olympic distance pro field on Sunday proving that the Philly Tri has truly become a world-class event."

The first day of racing is Saturday when 1,500 athletes will compete in the Sprint distance triathlon (.9K swim, 24K bike and 5K run) and 100 children will take part in the Kids Fun Run and Kids Duathlon. The main event takes place on Sunday when 2,500 athletes (professional and age-groupers) compete in the Olympic distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run). There is a $13,500 prize purse for the Olympic Distance Race. The event expo, located on Smith Memorial Field next to the Please Touch Museum (Memorial Hall) in West Fairmount Park, is open on Friday and Saturday.

Returning for the fourth year as the event's Title Sponsor is Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

"Philadelphia Insurance Companies is very proud to sponsor one of the top triathlons in the U.S. as it celebrates its 5th Anniversary," said James J. Maguire, Jr., President and CEO, Philadelphia Insurance Companies. "We have been a partner in the event's growth since the beginning and seeing the passion and dedication of all the competitors makes us very proud to host this world-class event here in our hometown. I am especially proud that certain proceeds from the event benefit the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society."

Suzuki Auto returns for a second year as presenting sponsor of the event. Additional event sponsors include Cadence Cycling and Multisport Center, Karr Barth Associates/AXA Advisors Nathan Performance Gear, Cervelo Cycles, Zoot Sports, Penguin Brands, Healthplex Sports Medicine Institute and Gatorade, to name a few.

The official charitable partner of the 2009 PHLYTRI is the Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. A partner since the inception of the race, The Cancer Center at CHOP has received over $100,000 in contributions through race related programs during the past 5 years. PHLYTRI is proud to also to be part of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training program, with over 200 athletes competing to raise funds for LLS.

The Karr Barth Charity Challenge

One of the feature events of the PHLYTRI, The Karr Barth Charity Challenge will take place during the sprint triathlon on Saturday. Companies have registered teams to compete against other companies in the region to raise money for The Cancer Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Over $50,000 has already been pledged to CHOP by companies participating in the Karr Barth Challenge.

The Kids Duathlon and Fun Run

The Kids Duathlon and Fun Run will also take place on Saturday. These events are available for children ages 14 and under. The Duathlons will start at 12:30 pm, followed immediately by the Kids Fun Runs. All Kids Fun Run and Duathlon entry fees will benefit the Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Kids Fun Run - a 50-yard dash for ages 3 years and under, a 100 yard dash for ages 4 and 5, a 200-yard dash for ages 6 and 7, and the one-mile run for ages 8 -- 14 years. The Kids Duathlon features two distances: Ages 7-10 years: .3 mile Run / 1 mile Bike / .3 mile Run & Ages 11-14 years: .5 mile Run/ 2 mile Bike/ .5 mile Run. Parents can register their children for these races at the Event Expo on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon presented by Suzuki, visit

About Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC

Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC is a leading multi-sport race production and management company. Based in Wayne, PA, Philadelphia Triathlon owns and produces the highly-regarded Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon -- named a top triathlon in the U.S. by Outside Magazine and Inside Triathlon Magazine -- and produces the Danskin Triathlon Series – the largest and longest running women's triathlon series in the world. Known for producing high quality races, Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC also provides management and race operation services for additional endurance sporting events. For more information, please visit

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