Former New York Road Runner to direct Life Time Tri Chicago, Chicago Half Marathon and the Chicago Spring Half Marathon
CHICAGO, Ill. (Jan. 7, 2014) – Life Time – The Healthy Way of Life Company has named Matthew Swartz as the Chicago Office Director for Life Time Athletic Events. Swartz will direct operations, marketing and day-to-day activities and will be responsible for managing the city’s premier athletic events including the Chicago Spring Half Marathon, Athleta Esprit de She, Life Time Tri Chicago, the Chicago Half Marathon, Turkey Day Run Chicago and Commitment Day 5K Chicago.
With more than six years in the athletic event industry, Swartz has a strong background in multi-sport and running events. Most recently, he served as Senior Manager of Event Development with the New York Road Runners where he worked through four ING New York City Marathon events and executed more than 60 running events for 350,000 annual participants.
“With my strong passion for the endurance sports world, innovation, and community engagement, Life Time Athletic Events was an exciting opportunity in the unbelievable sports city of Chicago,” said Swartz. “I look forward to building off of the great history and potential of the Chicago Triathlon and each of Life Time’s unique Chicago events.”
Swartz began his career at the University of Dayton where he founded and directed four annual university events including two triathlons, a triathlon conference and a 5K. He then went on to become an assistant race director at UltraFit-USA in Ohio where he organized cardio and multi-sport events spanning all levels of the UltraFit organization.
“Swartz has tremendous experience leading logistical development, operations, and on-the-ground coordination efforts for a wide-range of events,” said Kimo Seymour, Vice President of Life Time Athletic Events. “We are excited to have him on board and are confident he will help grow Life Time’s athletic event presence in Chicago and promote organizational, community, customer and client relations for Life Time Athletic Events nationwide.”
In his spare time, Matt volunteers as the conference director for USA Triathlon’s Mideast Collegiate Triathlon Conference, a position he has held for the last six years. An event participant himself, Swartz has competed on every level of endurance running and triathlons spanning from sprint triathlons, 5Ks and marathons as well as Ironman New York.
About Life Time Fitness, Inc.
As The Healthy Way of Life Company, Life Time Fitness (NYSE:LTM) helps organizations, communities and individuals achieve their total health objectives, athletic aspirations and fitness goals by engaging in their areas of interest – or discovering new passions – both inside and outside of Life Time’s distinctive and large sports, professional fitness, family recreation and spa destinations, most of which operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Company’s Healthy Way of Life approach enables members to achieve this by providing the best programs, people and places of uncompromising quality and value. As of Jan. 7, 2014, the Company operated 108 centers under the LIFE TIME FITNESS® and LIFE TIME ATHLETIC® brands in the United States and Canada. Additional information about Life Time centers, programs and services is available at lifetimefitness.com.
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