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For Immediate Release

August 01, 2011

NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHLON CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY AT ZUMA BEACH

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NAUTICA MALIBU TRIATHLON CELEBRATES ITS 25TH ANNIVERSARY AT ZUMA BEACH
Yearly Competition Benefits The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research

Malibu, CA (August 1, 2011) September 18, 2011 marks the 25th Nautica Malibu Triathlon, one of Southern California’s most anticipated competitions. Hosting some of the world’s finest athletes, philanthropists and celebrities, this event raises money for the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ Pediatric Cancer Research Program.

The triathlon event course consists of a Classic distance race that is made up of a half-mile ocean swim in the Pacific Ocean, 18-mile bike ride and four-mile run through Zuma Beach in Malibu, California.

For the fifth year, proceeds from the Nautica Malibu Triathlon will benefit the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and its Pediatric Cancer Research Program. Last year, the event raised more than $1,000,000 for the program, with the help of celebrity participants including Teri Hatcher, Gilles Marini, Julie Bowen and James Marsden.

“Each year we see so many inspiring and moving stories unfold at the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, which make all of our efforts worthwhile,” said Michael Epstein, president of Michael Epstein Sports Productions, Inc. (MESP.) “Year after year the triathlon continues to be successful thanks to all of the hard working participants, teams and sponsors.”

“We are so excited for the 25th anniversary of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon as it is one of the leading athletic events in Southern California,” said Karen Murray, President of Nautica. “We love seeing the community come together to support the amazing research and work that the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles does, and look forward to raising even more funds and awareness for this cause.”

Dedicated to curing and preventing childhood cancers, the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides groundbreaking treatments and therapies for children with some of the most serious and life-threatening forms of cancers.

“Our commitment to continued medical research and prevention at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is making a difference in the fight against this terrible illness,” said Stuart E. Siegel, M.D., Director of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Professor and Vice-chair of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. “Through the funding that is raised as a result of this event, we are given the opportunity to develop new ideas at the laboratory bench to diagnose and treat pediatric cancers. Our patients, their parents and our staff of researchers are all very grateful for all of the support and involvement from the Nautica Malibu Triathlon as it allows us to continue to search for more cures.”

The Nautica Malibu Triathlon provides opportunities for everyone to get involved; from the Entertainment Industry Challenge, which brings together Hollywood players from the top studios, production companies and agencies to compete for the Studio Cup, to the Corporate Challenge, which gives non-entertainment companies the chance to compete against one another. The Herbalife International Distance Race, which occurs on Saturday September 17th, challenges participants with a 1.5K Pacific Ocean swim, a 40K out-and-back bike course along the Pacific Coast Highway, and a 10K out-and-back run course on pavement and blacktop along the sands of Zuma Beach. Families and supporters of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon can also participate in other weekend activities such as the Nautica Kids Run and Tot Trot or enjoy games and prizes at the Fun Zone.

For event details, schedules and more information on the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, please visit www.nauticamalibutri.com.

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About Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Founded in 1901, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast – ranked for two consecutive years in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and named to the magazine’s “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals. The Saban Research Institute at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 100 investigators at work on 186 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. The Saban Research Institute is ranked eighth in National Institutes of Health funding among children’s hospitals in the United States. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

About Nautica
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 60 countries with more than 200 Nautica® branded stores worldwide. In 2003, the Company was acquired by VF Corporation, a global leader in branded lifestyle apparel with more than 30 brands, including Wrangler, The North Face, Lee, Vans, Nautica, 7 For All Mankind, Eagle Creek, Eastpak, Ella Moss, JanSport, lucy, John Varvatos, Kipling, Majestic, Napapijri, Red Kap, Reef, Riders and Splendid. For additional information, please go to www.nautica.com and www.vfc.com.

About MESP
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, the Nautica South Beach Triathlon, the Day at the Beach Triathlon, the Merrell Down & Dirty National Mud Run Series, the Hi-Tec Adventure Racing Series and many more. 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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