MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, one of the nation's biggest triathlons, hosts its 30th annual race on September 18, 2016 at Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Thousands of triathletes as well as celebrities and philanthropists will face off in a half-mile ocean swim, 18-mile bike ride and 4-mile run beginning at 7 a.m. to support the Children's Hospital Los Angeles' Pediatric Cancer Research Program, a program committed to finding a cure and preventative solutions to childhood cancers.
The funds raised from the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox help support the Basic and Translational Cancer Research Program of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Last year, the triathlon raised over $1.31 million in support of the cancer research program, with notable celebrity participants like Chace Crawford, Jon Cryer, Jack Falahee and Michael Weatherly competing.
"We are thrilled to announce that the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox is entering its 30th annual race this year," says Michael Epstein, president of Michael Epstein Sports Productions, Inc. "Since starting this triathlon, we have raised over $10 million in support of the cancer research program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and hope to raise even more in the years to come. It is inspiring to know that each year participants from various backgrounds continue to come to one of the most beautiful sites of Los Angeles—Malibu beach—all in support of this amazing cause."
"This will be our 20th year as the title sponsor of the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox. It is one of the events that everyone at Nautica looks forward to each year," says Karen Murray, President of Nautica. "It is always a pleasure to be part of such an exciting and motivational day where individuals are competing in an effort to support and raise awareness about life-threatening forms of children's cancer."
A leader in pediatric hematology-oncology, the internationally renowned Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles continues to spearhead treatment and therapy advancements to combat aggressive childhood cancers.
"The depth of appreciation the entire team at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has for absolutely everyone involved in this invigorating triathlon is boundless," says Alan S. Wayne, MD, Director of the Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Professor of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California. "We are pleased to continually receive support for our cancer research program from the triathlon's participants, sponsors and the community as all efforts will touch the lives of many children and families for years to come."
The Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox will be comprised of two races including the Herbalife International Distance Race on Saturday, September 17th, which features a 1.5K Pacific Ocean swim, a 40K bike course along the Pacific Coast Highway and a 10K run course along Zuma Beach. The Classic Distance, hosted the day after the Herbalife International Distance Race on Sunday, September 18th, will feature a half-mile ocean swim, 18-mile bike course and 4-mile run. Fans and loved ones are encouraged to join in on the fun by enjoying games in the Fun Zone and watching young competitors take on the Nautica Kids Run and Tot Trot.
For event details and information on the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Equinox, visit www.nauticamalibutri.com.
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