MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 16 This morning over three thousandathletes from around the country gathered on Zuma Beach to participate in the21st Annual Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Toyota. This year's eventraised over $718,000 for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Pediatric CancerResearch.
Malibu residents and visitors look forward to this truly inspirationalevent every summer as it brings together people from all walks of life andfrom around the world. Thousands of spectators lined the route to cheer ontheir favorite athletes as they began the race at 7:15AM. Racers navigated acourse that began with a 1/2-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, followed by an18-mile bike ride along Pacific Coast Highway and ended with a 4-mile runalong Zuma Beach.
Chris Foster or Thousand Oaks, CA took home the top prize in the Men'sElite Division with a time of 1:15:32.0, while Anissa Sequin of Malibu, CAtook home the top prize in the Women's Elite Division with a time of1:30:06.7. Team Disney took home the top prize in the Entertainment IndustryChallenge and Team Herbalife took home the top prize in the CorporateChallenge.
Prizes were also awarded to Team Disney and Team Amgen for raising themost money for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Team Disney who won in theEntertainment 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 tohave several Primetime Emmy nominees compete for top prize in the triathlonincluding Jon Cryer, nominated for Outstanding Comedy Actor in a Comedy Seriesfor 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 asLynette Scavo on Desperate Housewives. Singer Debra Gibson kicked off the racewith an inspiring rendition of the National Anthem.
Other high-profile competitors who came out to compete and supportChildrens 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), PamelaConley Ulich (Mayor of Malibu), Rocco Dispirito (Celebrity Chef), Sheriff LeeBaca, 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, BeachExpo with Interactive Booths, Bike Demonstrations and Specialty Clinics.Additional events taking place today included the Nautica Tot Trot and KidsRace, which brought out hundreds of children in a race to see who was thefastest tot on the beach.
ABOUT CHILDRENS HOSPITAL LOS ANGELES: Founded in 1901, Childrens HospitalLos Angeles has been treating the most seriously ill and injured children inLos Angeles for more than a century, and it is acknowledged throughout theUnited States and around the world for its leadership in pediatric andadolescent health. Childrens Hospital is one of America's premier teachinghospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University ofSouthern California since 1932. It is a national leader in pediatric research.
Childrens Hospital Los Angeles treats 62,000 patients a year in itsEmergency Department. It admits more than 11,000 children a year to thehospital, with almost 50-percent of those admissions children under four yearsof age. There are more than 287,000 visits a year to its 29 outpatientclinics; nearly 5,000 visits at community sites through its Division ofAdolescent Medicine. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is able to offer theoptimum in multidisciplinary care, with more than 100 pediatric subspecialtyservices.
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