Philadelphia Insurance Companies joins as the presenting sponsor of TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon and title sponsor of the PHLY Cup; Pro triathletes will compete for $25,000 total prize purse; World-class triathlete Andy Potts to participate in Olympic distance event
PHILADELPHIA, PA—April 3, 2013 – Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), the leading active lifestyle sports media and event entertainment company, today announced the new PHLY Cup pro division of the TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon, with title sponsor Johnson & Johnson and presenting sponsor Philadelphia Insurance Companies.
Launched in partnership with Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), the PHLY Cup will offer pro triathletes the chance to compete in the Olympic distance for a prize purse totaling $25,000. The event will take place over the weekend of June 22 and 23, with world-class triathlete Andy Potts headlining the Olympic distance race, among other notable pros.
“The PHLY Cup is an exciting component for this event and compliments the new energy of the TriRock Philadelphia,” shared Philadelphia Insurance Companies President and CEO Bob O’Leary. “We’re excited to support one of the marquee triathlon events in the country – right in our home town – and thrilled to be a sponsor of this event for the eighth consecutive year.”
As part of Andy’s participation at TriRock Philadelphia, he is offering 20 lucky participants a special VIP opportunity at the race. All participants—from first timers to seasoned age groupers—who register during the month of April for the Olympic distance will have the opportunity to be entered into the Andy Potts Sweepstakes. Twenty lucky athletes will receive prizes from local race sponsors including Asics shoe certificates, TYR bags, PowerBar nutrition packages and one lucky winner will receive a Kestrel triathlon bike for the 2013 season. Potts will also host a pre-race lunch with a session on race tips.
“TriRock Philadelphia is recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country, and we’re proud to further elevate the race not only with great partners like Philadelphia Insurance Companies but also with the continued pro race,” said Molly Quinn, Vice President of Triathlon at Competitor Group, organizer of the TriRock Triathlon Series. “Philadelphia is a hub for endurance athletes to compete in world-class events year-round, and now they will have even more of a reason to participate at TriRock Philadelphia with the prestige of the PHLY Cup component of the race.”
The 9th annual event features three days of activities including a Multi-Sport Expo and a Sprint distance race at 7:30 am on Saturday, June 22. TriRock Philadelphia culminates with an Olympic distance event at 6:30 am on Sunday, June 23, which will welcome some of the best pro triathletes in the country. Fairmount Park will host the scenic and challenging race and fun, family atmosphere, with a finish line concert taking place on both days of the event. The start, finish and transition areas will be located just off of Martin Luther King Drive, near the base of Black Road.
Named a top-five triathlon in the United States by Outside Magazine and lauded as one of the top big city triathlons by Inside Triathlon Magazine, TriRock Philadelphia will provide participants with a finisher’s medal, technical t-shirt, red carpet finish, post-race breakfast and beer garden. Participants will pick up race packets at the two-day Expo held Friday and Saturday of event weekend.
With a total prize purse of $25,000 (split evenly between the men and women top finishers), the PHLY Cup winner breakdown for the men’s and women’s division is as follows:
· Winner – $6,000
· Runner-up – $3,500
· 3rd place – $1,500
· 4th place – $1,000
· 5th place – $500
For more information about the TriRock Triathlon Series presented by REI visit TriRockSeries.com.
About Philadelphia Insurance
Philadelphia Insurance Companies designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance coverage for select industries, including the sports and entertainment and fitness and wellness industries. In operation since 1962, the Company, whose commercial lines insurance subsidiaries are rated “A++” (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and “A+” by Standard & Poor’s, is nationally recognized as a member of Ward’s Top 50 and National Underwriter’s Top 100. The organization has 45 offices strategically located across the United States to deliver superior service. For more information, please visit PHLY.com.
About the TriRock Triathlon Series presented by REI
The TriRock Triathlon Series presented by REI is organized by Competitor Group, the creators of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series. The TriRock Series started in 2010 in San Diego, the birthplace of triathlon. Over the past eight years, the TriRock Series has grown into one of the Nation’s premier multisport series, taking place in seven cities across the U.S. in 2013. The triathlon events feature Olympic and Sprint distances with entertainment positioned along the race route. Each event also features a finish line festival with a beer garden, free breakfast, red carpet finish and a post-race concert.
The TriRock Series is part of Competitor Group’s larger triathlon platform which features a world-class triathlon series, the world’s #1 triathlon website and the world’s #1 and #2 triathlon magazines—Triathlete and Inside Triathlon. The platform also includes The Nation’s Triathlon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, one of the most prestigious triathlons in the United States. For more information, please visit TriRockSeries.com or follow @TriRockSeries on Twitter.
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