Thursday, March 26, 2009

2009 TIMEX Multisport Team Announced

TIMEX Group Announces 2009 TIMEX Multisport Team

Timex continues support for world-class athletes at sport’s most renowned events, introduces 21 new team members

Middlebury, CT – Timex Group, a leader in outdoor and sports performance timepieces, today announced its continued support and title sponsorship of the 2009 Timex Multisport Team.

Comprised of both amateur and professional athletes, the 2009 Timex Multisport Team is a dynamic group of (46) well-rounded and committed athletes from the U.S, Australia, Ukraine, Portugal, Mexico, Czech Republic, Canada and the United Kingdom who serve as brand ambassadors for Timex and associated sponsors at hundreds of events around the world.

As the industry leader in precision training devices for elite athletes, fitness enthusiasts and wellness shoppers, Timex is committed to supporting the sports favored by many of our athlete customers,” said Keith Meyer, Timex’s Event Marketing and Sponsorship Manager. “We rely on the expertise and feedback of each and every Timex Multisport Team athlete to constantly refine and improve our technology, based on their product experiences in the heat of world-class competition”

The 2009 Timex Multisport Team will compete in a variety of events including Ironman and Xterra races. For the first time in team history, two pure runners join the field of outstanding Timex Multisport athletes. Daniel and Shaun McGrath, brothers from Las Vegas, will compete as Timex athletes in a wide range of running events, including the London Marathon and the ING New York City Marathon.

Additions to this year’s men’s roster include top pro athletes Matt Boobar, Eric Bean, Will Kelsey, James Cotter, Shaun McGrath, Daniel McGrath, and Will Smith. The women benefit from the addition of Lindsey Jerdonek, Lisa Mensink, Janelle Morison, and Mary Beth Ellis. The team has also included a new dimension to the multisport theme by adding top amateurs Mike Lavery, Barry Siff, Dirk Aschmoneit, AC Morgan, Dennis Meeker, Jackie Arendt, Jodi Thompson, Trista Francis, Phaedra Cote, and Christine Anderson.

The Ironman Oceanside 70.3 in Oceanside, California on April 4th will be the first major event to kick off the 2009 season. Following the race, the entire team of athletes, staff, and sponsors will gather in nearby Carlsbad, CA, for the 6th annual Timex Team training camp.

Last year’s performances set a high standard for years to come. Major highlights from 2008 include Richie Cunningham’s 1st place finish at the Longhorn 70.3, his 3rd place finish at the 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Tamara Kozulina’s 2nd place finish at Ironman Florida, Sergio Marques’ 3rd place finish at Ironman Louisville, and Joe Gambles’ 1st place finish at the European Long Course Championships.

Building on the momentum of 2008, the Timex Multisport Team will strive to make 2009 the best year to date.

Complete Team Roster

Pro Men
Alex Mroszczyk-McDonald Durham, NC
Andrew Hodges Huntsville, AL
Blake Becker Madison, WI
Dave Harju Ottowa, ON
Kyle Marcotte Calgary, AB
Sergio Marques Lisbon Portugal
Toby Radcliffe London, UK
Joe Gambles Boulder, CO
Roger Thompson Spokane, WA
Matt Boobar Boulder, CO
Will Kelsey Boulder, CO
James Cotter Austin, TX
Will Smith Madison, WI
Eric Bean Milwaukee, WI

Pro Women
Gabriela Loskotova Czech Republic
Laura Tingle Louisville, CO
Tamara Kozulina Ukraine
Lindsey Jerdonek Washington, DC
Lisa Mensink Calgary, AB
Erin Kummer Boulder, CO
Carole Sharpless Boulder, CO
Janelle Morison Calgary, AB
Mary Beth Ellis Boulder, CO

Am Men
Adam Wilk Plano, TX
Brian Schaning Boulder, CO
Bruce Gennari Nashville, TN
Chris Thomas Easton, CT
Ian Ray Easton, CT
Luis Alvarez Mexico City
Mike Lavery Madison, WI
Tim Hola Highlands Ranch, CO
Barry Siff Boulder, CO
Dirk Aschmoneit Carlsbad, CA
AC Morgan Darien, CT
Dennis Meeker Louisville, CO

Am Women
Cindi Bannink Madison, WI
Emily Herndon Bozeman, MT
Juli Fiocca Austin, TX
Rachel Ross Honolulu, HI
Jackie Arendt Madison, WI
Jodi Thompson Cleveland, OH
Trista Francis Highlands Ranch, CO
Jacqueline Mariash Boulder, CO
Phaedra Cote Spokane, WA
Christine Anderson Chicago, IL

Timex Runners
Daniel McGrath Las Vegas, NV
Shaun McGrath Las Vegas, NV
Kim Hager The Woodlands, TX

Exciting new sponsors for 2009 include: Sugoi – Race, training and casual apparel/ compression sock; Aqua Sphere – Wetsuits, speed suits and goggles;

Proud returning sponsors of the 2009 team include: Trek – Bicycles; Nathan – Hydration/nutrition belts and accessories; Bontrager – Wheels and tires, shoes and accessories; Gaiam – Lifestyle & wellness products; nuun – Hydration; LifeSport Coaching – Endurance coaching, TriBike Transport – Bike transportation services; Saris/PowerTap – Cycling power meters; ART (Active Release Techniques) – Performance care; Trigger Point Technologies – Performance therapy product; PowerBar – Energy bars, gels and nutrition; Headsweats – Moisture wicking accessories; Rudy Project – Helmets and eyewear.

The team is managed by Team Sports Inc.

About Timex Sports Watches:
Timex has an unparalleled heritage of creating innovative, technologically advanced and reliable timepieces for endurance athletes, having introduced the first licensed Ironman brand watch in 1986. The Timex Ironman legacy of leadership, innovation and style in international sport is evident in the brand’s extensive anthology of elite training devices, fitness aids and wellness timepieces. Timex Ironman timepieces are worn by athletes on every continent and have been added to the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

About the Timex Group
Timex Group designs, manufactures and markets innovative timepieces and jewelry globally. Founded in 1854, Timex has become part of Timex Group, a privately-held company with numerous brands and over 5,000 employees worldwide. It is one of the largest watch makers in the world.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cologne Triathlon 2009

Cologne Triathlon Weekend celebrates 25 Years Triathlon in Cologne

Cologne, March 26th, 2009; The organiser of the Cologne Triathlon Weekend and the Cologne Triathletes will be celebrating a special Birthday in September this year – the first Cologne Triathlon was run 25 years ago.

Looking back, the success story of the Cologne Triathlon began spectacularly on September 15th and 16th, 1984 with the European Championships for Ultra and Long-Distance Triathlon at the Fühlinger Lake in the north of Cologne. Over the years, this event has developed into a premier endurance event with more than 2000 athletes.
“We are very proud of this 25th anniversary“, commented Carsten Krause from the event organisers Jeschke & Friends. “There are very few Triathlon competitions in Germany that can look back at such a long tradition.“

How it all started

A review of the history of the Cologne Triathlons shows that the event series began in 1984 with the European Championships for the Iron-Distance (3,8km Swim, 180km Bike, 42,2km Run) and the Long-Distance (2,5km Swim, 110km Bike, 33km Run). Already back then well-known Triathlon stars such as Dirk Aschmoneit, Wolfgang Dittrich and Jürgen Zäck were among the starters. In 1985 the Deutschland Cup for “Ultra-Triathlon“ was held in Cologne.

In 1992 the staging of the German Championships for the Triathlon Short-Distance followed in which Germany’s Triathlon elite battled for the titel. Franziska Lilienfein, Ute Schäfer, Simone Mortier, Sonja Krolik, Thomas Hellriegel, Rainer Müller, Gerd Amrhein, Ralf Eggert and Holger Lorenz were just some of the athletes that competed for the places on the podium. Even the Triathlon legends Mark Allan and Julie Moss were among the starters of the Cologne Triathlon in 1990.

In 2005 Uwe Jeschke und Carsten Krause, from Jeschke & Friends Event Organisers took over the organisation and running of this endurance event. With fresh ideas and a new route concept into the Cologne city centre, this event has developed more and more to a premier event, that in addition to the Ironman competitions in Frankfurt und Wiesbaden, the Challenge competitions in Roth und Kraichgau and the Hamburger City Man, belongs to the largest Triathlons in Germany.

New Distances

Youth support is being added to the Cologne Triathlon Weekend program punctually for the 25th anniversary of the Cologne Triathlon. On Saturday, September 5th the CologneKids youth and student Triathlon with distances of 50 / 100 / 150m Swim, 1000 / 2000 / 3000m Bike und 400 / 800 / 1200m Run, in different age groups will take place.

On the same day both the CologneSmart-Distance and the Quadrathlon European Championship will take place. In both competitions the athletes will swim 700m followed by 24km cycling and a 7km run around the Fühlinger Lake. The Quadrathletes must complete an additional 4km kajaking prior to the run.

On Sunday September 6th 2009 is the start for the Cologne226half and Cologne226. While by Cologne226half a middle distance with 2,5km Swim, 90km Bike and 21km Run must be completed, the Cologne226 covers an Iron-Distance with 3,8km Swim, 180km Bike und 42,2km Run. The athletes from the Cologne226 extreme+ distance do a double start in two distances. They start the Cologne Triathlon Weekend on Saturday with the CologneSmart und compete on Sunday in the Cologne226.

The Finish on Sunday, as in the previous year, is on the left Rhein Promenade with a view of the Cologne Cathedral in front of the Buildings of the Landschaftsverbands Rheinland. The organisers are attempting once again to bring this prestigious endurance event into the centre of Cologne. The current negotiations with the City of Cologne are looking positive.

Additional information can be found at:

Triathlons in Germany
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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Pasta Dinner & Lecture Scheduled For Oshkosh Half Marathon

Power Up for the Oshkosh Half Marathon at the ARC Pasta Dinner!

The Oshkosh Half Marathon & 5K will be held on Saturday, April 18 at 8 am is fast approaching. To get fueled up for the big day, all are invited to get their fill at the ARC Pasta dinner.

The dinner will be held the night before the Marathon at the First Congregational Church located at 137 Algoma Blvd. in Oshkosh from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. Jim Boldra, USAT Certified coach, who has completed over 30 Ironmans and 100 marathons, will be the featured guest speaker. His talk is entitled “Imagine Your Finish” Jim will teach how visualization can promote relaxation, intentional focus as well as confident and resilient mindsets. He will also explain the valuable tool of disassociative thinking for longer distances. It is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. It will feature pasta and sauces, assorted breads, fresh fruits, and vegetables

To sign up or find out more information on the ARC Pasta Dinner, call 920-236-9230 or visit It is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. It will feature pasta and sauces, assorted breads, fresh fruits, and vegetables

Registration is also still open for the Oshkosh Half Marathon & 5k on Saturday, April 18 at 8 am. The Kids’ Lionhearted Run that will take place on Friday, April 17 at 6pm. To register online or download a PDF form go to: For more information email: or call 800-429-8044.

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