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For Immediate Release
March 16, 2009
The Biggest Loser All Stars to participate in second annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon to benefit St. Jude
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
The Biggest Loser All Stars to participate in second annual
Nautica South Beach Triathlon to benefit St. Jude
Miami, Florida , March 16, 2009 – On Sunday, April 5, a team of three former contestants from NBC's hit show The Biggest Loser, will join more than 1,000 athletes competing in the second annual Nautica South Beach Triathlon presented by Toyota and benefiting St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Season 6 winner Michelle Aguilar, Season 4 contestant Jerry Lisenby, and Season 5 winner Ali Vincent will compete as “The Biggest Loser All Stars” in the Celebrity Division with each completing one leg of the race.
Aguilar, Lisenby and Vincent will compete to help raise awareness for St. Jude, one of the world’s premier centers for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer and other catastrophic childhood diseases. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatments that are not covered by insurance. No child is denied treatment because of a family’s inability to pay.
Beginning and ending on South Beach, The Biggest Loser All Stars and race participants will compete in a half-mile ocean swim (the expected water temperature is 78 degrees), a 19-mile bike course over Miami's famous causeways and a four-mile run alongside Miami Beach's Art Deco District. The event is open to the public.
ABOUT THE BIGGEST LOSER TEAM:
Season 5 winner Ali Vincent was the first female Biggest Loser. She began her journey on the ranch (with mother Bette Sue as her partner) at 234 pounds and went on to lose 112 pounds, giving her a final weight of 122 pounds ! A former champion synchronized swimmer, Ali draws upon her early athletic achievements to inspire her current fitness regime and continues to hit the pool for a good workout.
Season 6 winner Michelle Aguilar joined The Biggest Loser with her mom to form the pink team. With trainer Jillian Michael’s fail-proof health and fitness plan, combined with the moral support of her mother, Michelle beat out the guys to claim the Season 6 title! As if life couldn’t get any better, Michelle got engaged to her long-time boyfriend shortly after her Biggest Loser victory.
Jerry was the oldest contestant in Season 4 of The Biggest Loser but his ageless personality and determination kept him in the game with his younger competitors. Jerry is now an avid cyclist and has taken his passion across the United States on many cross-country rides. With more than 100 pounds lost since he approached The Biggest Loser campus, Jerry is thankful to have had such a life changing experience and looks forward to showing off his skills at this year’s Nautica South Beach Triathlon.
ABOUT ST. JUDE:
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is internationally recognized for its pioneering work in finding cures and saving children with cancer and other catastrophic diseases. St. Jude is the first and only pediatric cancer center to be designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute. Founded by late entertainer Danny Thomas and based in Memphis, Tenn., St. Jude freely shares its discoveries with scientific and medical communities around the world. St. Jude is the only pediatric cancer research center where families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance. No child is ever denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. St. Jude is financially supported by ALSAC, its fundraising organization. For more information, please visit www.stjude.org.
Founded in 1983, Nautica® is a leading global lifestyle brand ranging from men’s, women’s and children’s apparel and accessories to a complete home collection. Nautica® products are refined casual classics inspired and energized by the water that are always crisp, clean and distinct. Today Nautica® is available in more than 64 countries with more than 240 Nautica® branded stores worldwide. In 2003, the Company was acquired by VF Corporation, a world leader in branded apparel, including sportswear, jeanswear, outdoor products, imagewear and contemporary brand products. Its principal brands include Lee®, Wrangler®, John Varvatos®, JanSport®, Eastpak®, The North Face®, Vans®, Napapijri®, Kipling®, Reef®, 7 For All Mankind® and lucy®. For additional information, please go to www.nautica.com and www.vfc.com.
Since 1986, MESP, Inc. has been a leader in lifestyle sports marketing. As a full service marketing and production company, MESP, Inc. has consistently delivered top quality events to athletes across the country. MESP, Inc. has produced events such as the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Toyota, the Arrowhead Day at the Beach Triathlon presented by Toyota and the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series. MESP strives to produce events with a festive atmosphere that make a difference in people’s lives and that continually maximize the enjoyment of the athletes, the exposure of the sponsors, and the well being of the community.
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