Biggest awards show in Endurance Sports set for Feb. 23, 2013 at Club Nokia; 21st annual event presented by REFUEL| got chocolate milk?; Top names in endurance sports, including the newest addition to the endurance sport community: football legend Hines Ward; Tables available for purchase at enduranceLIVE.com
LOS ANGELES – November 13, 2012 – It’s a star-studded celebration with the greatest athletes in the world. The 21st annual endurance LIVE gala presented by REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?®” returns to Club Nokia on Saturday, February 23, 2013 for the biggest night of the year in endurance sports.
The award show, which was held in Los Angeles for the first time in 2012, brings together top athletes from running, cycling and triathlon for one night to recognize the year’s most notable performances. In true Hollywood style, celebrities graced the red carpet, including Dr. Andy Baldwin, the star of The Bachelor, Sarah Reinertsen from The Amazing Race and Patrick Warburton, Bianca Kajlich and Megyn Price from the CBS comedy Rules of Engagement, who attended in honor of Kajlich’s brother Andre who was named Challenged Athlete of the Year presented by REFUEL | got chocolate milk?.
“We are delighted to return to Los Angeles and partner with ’got chocolate milk?’ to host an event that has become a must attend party for the biggest names in endurance sports,” said Bob Babbitt, co-founder of Competitor Magazine. “2012 was our biggest and best awards show to date with a tremendous turnout of iconic athletes and Hollywood celebrities. Since 2012 was an Olympic year, we’re looking forward to having a number of Olympic and Paralympic medalists join us and help to make it even bigger and better.”
Notable athlete attendees at the 2012 show included superstar athletes Apolo Anton Ohno, the most decorated U.S. Winter Olympian in history with 8 Olympic medals; 4-time Ironman World Champion Chrissie Wellington, 12-time Olympic medalist and 5- time Olympian Dara Torres, Olympic Marathoner Abdi Abdirahman, New York Marathon Champion Rod Dixon, as well as ultramarthoner Dean Karnazes. Also in attendance were ESPN analysts Julie Foudy and Marcellus Wiley.
“As presenting sponsors of the 2012 endurance LIVE Awards, we were proud to help honor so many amazing athletes, including a number of ‘got chocolate milk?’ sponsored champions who went on to win medals in London,” said Miranda Abney, Senior Marketing Manager of the Milk Processor Education Program, the group behind the ‘got chocolate milk?’ campaign. “We’re looking forward to recognizing sporting accomplishments of 2012 – and are excited to introduce a new member of the endurance sports community, football legend Hines Ward, who will represent Team REFUEL at the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.”
The endurance LIVE Awards Gala is annually organized by San Diego-based Competitor Group, an active lifestyle media and event company, which publishes Competitor and Triathlete magazines. Previously known as the Endurance Sports Awards, endurance LIVE annually honors the top endurance athletes on the planet, a list that has included Olympic gold medalists, Ironman World Champions and Tour de France podium finishers. Winners of 2012 endurance LIVE Awards included: Celebrity Athlete of the Year Apolo Anton Ohno, Female Triathlete of the Year Chrissie Wellington, and Competitor of the Year Meb Keflezighi, among others.
For more information or to purchase a table for the 2013 endurance LIVE Gala, please visit enduranceLIVE.com.
About the REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?®” Campaign
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, D.C., is funded by the nation’s milk processors, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The National Fluid Milk Processor Promotion Board, through MilkPEP, runs the REFUEL | “got chocolate milk?®” Campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate athletes about the recovery benefits of lowfat chocolate milk after strenuous exercise. Lowfat chocolate milk is simple, effective and scientifically shown to help refuel the body so athletes can perform at their best. It’s a natural source of high-quality protein to build lean muscle; it has the right mix of protein and carbs to refuel exhausted muscles; plus fluids and a natural source of electrolytes to rehydrate and help replenish what’s lost in sweat. For more information, go to www.gotchocolatemilk.com.
About Competitor Group
Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI) is the active lifestyle industry’s leading media and event entertainment company. CGI is a portfolio company of the investment firm Falconhead Capital, which specializes in growing companies in the consumer sector of the leisure and lifestyle space. The aggregate CGI customer base now exceeds 7 million endurance enthusiasts and athletes. CGI’s portfolio of media assets dominate the expanding endurance industry and include a robust digital community on the web and on mobile across the Competitor Endurance Sports Network of websites. Additionally, Raceit.com, a leading digital registration platform, is the catalyst for the company’s race services offering that looks to meet the needs for not only the company’s owned and operated events, but also for endurance events of all sizes on behalf of the entire industry.
With a leading market share of endurance enthusiasts, CGI owns and operates more than 83 events around the world, including the flagship Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series in 34 international destinations, the Land Rover TriRock Triathlon Series, the NFL Run Series and the Columbia Muddy Buddy Series, collectively delivering more than 600,000 professional and amateur participants in 2012. Anchoring the company with rich content and marketing leverage are five publishing properties dedicated to running, cycling, triathlon and the world of multisport including Velo, Inside Triathlon, Triathlete, Women’s Running and Competitor with a combined monthly circulation of over 700,000. Further information about CGI and its digital, publishing and event entertainment properties can be found at Competitormediakit.com.