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Nautica Malibu Triathlon Presented by Toyota Raises $718,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Cancer Research
Date:9/16/2007

Andy Baldwin, TV's 'The Bachelor,' Pamela Conley Ulich, Mayor Pro-Tem of

Malibu Win Race's Celebrity Division

MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning over three thousand athletes from around the country gathered on Zuma Beach to participate in the 21st Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Toyota. This year's event raised over $718,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric Cancer Research.

Malibu residents and visitors look forward to this truly inspirational event every summer as it brings together people from all walks of life and from around the world. Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer on their favorite athletes as they began the race at 7:15AM. Racers navigated a course that began with a 1/2-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, followed by an 18-mile bike ride along Pacific Coast Highway and ended with a 4-mile run along Zuma Beach.

Chris Foster or Thousand Oaks, CA took home the top prize in the Men's Elite Division with a time of 1:15:32.0, while Anissa Sequin of Malibu, CA took home the top prize in the Women's Elite Division with a time of 1:30:06.7. Team Disney took home the top prize in the Entertainment Industry Challenge and Team Herbalife took home the top prize in the Corporate Challenge.

Prizes were also awarded to Team Disney and Team Amgen for raising the most money for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Team Disney who won in the Entertainment Industry Division raised $235,000, while Team Amgen raised $60,000 to take home top honors in the Corporate Division.

Adding to the excitement of this year's event, the race was honored to have several Primetime Emmy nominees compete for top prize in the triathlon including Jon Cryer, nominated for Outstanding Comedy Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Alan Harper in Two and a Half Men, and Felicity Huffman, nominated for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Lynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives. Singer Debra Gibson kicked off the race with an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem.

Other high-profile competitors who came out to compete and support Childrens Hospital Los Angeles included David Duchovny, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Amanda Beard (Olympic Swimmer), Eric Close (Without a Trace), Debra Gibson, Taylor Kitsch, Carl Lewis (Olympic Runner), Esai Morales, Missi Pyle (Heroes), David Chokachi (Beyond the Beak), David James Elliot (Close to Home), Pamela Conley Ulich (Mayor of Malibu), Rocco Dispirito (Celebrity Chef), Sheriff Lee Baca, Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie).

The triathlon ended a weekend of fun which kicked off on Saturday, September 15th with events that included a Sand Castle Demonstration, Beach Expo with Interactive Booths, Bike Demonstrations and Specialty Clinics. Additional events taking place today included the Nautica Tot Trot and Kids Race, which brought out hundreds of children in a race to see who was the fastest tot on the beach.

FINAL RESULTS AT A GLANCE

Category Name/Time

Elite Male Chris Foster 1:15:32.0

Elite Female Anissa Sequin 1:30:06.7

Celebrity Individual Male Andy Baldwin 1:28.07.0

Celebrity Individual Female Pamela Conley Ulich 1:55:39.1

Celebrity Relay Male Team Nautica 1:19:22.3

- Team Nautica Members: Randy Eickhoff, Mark Paul Gosselaar, Elton

Lewis

Celebrity Relay Female Team Superbad 1:47:46.6

- Team Superbad Members: Jessica Erler, Stacy Griffith, Brooke

Dillman

Celebrity Relay Coed Team Amanda Beard 1:22:53.0

- Team Amanda Beard Members: Amanda Beard, Wadley, Kevin Pearsall

ABOUT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES: Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children in Los Angeles for more than a century, and it is acknowledged throughout the United States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932. It is a national leader in pediatric research.

Childrens Hospital Los Angeles treats 62,000 patients a year in its Emergency Department. It admits more than 11,000 children a year to the hospital, with almost 50-percent of those admissions children under four years of age. There are more than 287,000 visits a year to its 29 outpatient clinics; nearly 5,000 visits at community sites through its Division of Adolescent Medicine. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is able to offer the optimum in multidisciplinary care, with more than 100 pediatric subspecialty services.

The Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of the largest pediatric hematology/oncology programs in the nation. Physician-scientists integrate their laboratory experience with their clinical expertise in an approach to medical problem solving that enables them to move effectively from Bench to Bedside. Breakthroughs in the treatment of childhood cancer, many pioneered at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, offer children, teenagers and young adults the most advanced treatment available anywhere.

Since 1990, U.S. News & World Report and its panel of board-certified pediatricians have named Childrens Hospital Los Angeles one of the top pediatric facilities in the nation.

ABOUT NAUTICA: Founded in 1983, Nautica(R) is a leading global lifestyle brand with products ranging from men's, women's and children's apparel and accessories to a complete home collection. Nautica(R) products are styled in timeless design and premium quality that enhance our consumer's energetic lifestyle yet recognize their desire for balance. In 2003, the Company was acquired by VF Corporation a world leader in branded apparel including jeanswear, sportswear, outdoor products and workwear. Its principal brands include Lee(R), Wrangler(R), John Varvatos(R), Jansport(R), Eastpak(R), The North Face(R), Vans(R), Napapijri(R), Kipling(R) and Reef(R). For additional information, please go to http://www.nautica.com.


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