Eco-Challenge(R) Announces USA Network as Domestic Distribution Partner For Armed Forces Eco-Challenge

USA Network to Air Eco-Challenge Qualifier in Fall 2001



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from USA Network and Eco-Challenge Productions

    LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Eco-Challenge, the world's premier
 Expedition Race(TM), is pleased to announce USA Network as the exclusive
 domestic distribution partner for the first official franchised Eco-Challenge
 qualifier, Armed Forces Eco-Challenge.  In its continuing partnership with
 Eco-Challenge Productions, USA Network will air Armed Forces Eco-Challenge as
 a special prime time event in October 2001.   The annual Eco-Challenge race
 moved exclusively to USA Network in the U.S. this year resulting in the
 highest-rated Eco-Challenge ever with Eco-Challenge: Borneo, which aired
 April 1-4.
     "Eco-Challenge and USA Network are clearly off to a tremendous start as
 partners in the U.S., and with the strong performance of Eco-Challenge:
 Borneo, we look forward to bringing more Eco-Challenge events to our viewers,"
 said Gordon Beck, Senior Vice President of Sports and Production.  "The Armed
 Forces Qualifier combines the intense excitement of expedition racing with a
 truly worthy American cause, in a classic U.S. wilderness setting.  The
 winning team will qualify for Eco-Challenge: New Zealand, allowing our viewers
 to share their journey, building anticipation for the next installment of the
 world's toughest expedition race on USA."
     Twenty-six mixed gender teams of four, representing the active and reserve
 components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, will set out
 at midnight on Summer Solstice on a 3-5 day round-the-clock expedition race
 over a grueling 250-mile course in remote Alaska.  The winning team  of Armed
 Forces Eco-Challenge will represent the U.S. military as "Team Taps" at
 Eco-Challenge: New Zealand in October 2001.
     "I am delighted to bring Armed Forces Eco-Challenge, the first-ever
 Eco-Challenge qualifier to USA Network," said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer
 and Creator of Eco-Challenge.  "The timing couldn't be better to build on the
 tremendous success of Eco-Challenge: Borneo.  USA's broadcast of Armed Forces
 Eco-Challenge this fall allows us another opportunity to bring a quality
 Expedition Race event to viewers nationwide this fall."
     USA Network will devote two hours in prime time, airing the qualifying
 race that travels through Alaska's awe-inspiring mountains, glaciers, rivers,
 forests and tundra.  Coverage will include footage of the nation's most daring
 Armed Forces traveling over 200 miles of raw Alaskan wilderness.  Additional
 information can be found at http://www.armedforceschallenge.com.
     In the first year of the qualifier series, out of 250 applicants, the
 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was awarded Eco-Challenge's
 first franchise.  TAPS is a national non-profit organization providing
 services to all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed
 Forces.  For more information about TAPS, please visit http://www.taps.org.
     "It is in honor of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this
 country, and for their surviving families, that the men and women of America's
 Armed Forces are rising to the ultimate Eco-Challenge," said Bonnie Carroll,
 TAPS founder/president and Armed Forces Eco-Challenge Event Director.  "TAPS
 is proud to be the host and beneficiary of Armed Forces Eco-Challenge, and we
 look forward to working with USA Network to bring the best product possible to
 its viewers."
     Eco-Challenge(R) (http://www.ecochallenge.com) is the world's premier
 Expedition Race attracting the best adventure athletes from around the world;
 it is held in a remote region of the world each year.  The Eco-Challenge name
 and logo are registered trademarks of J. Mark Burnett and cannot be
 reproduced.  Eco-Challenge(R), The Expedition Race(TM), Expedition Racing(TM)
 and Expedition Competition(TM) and all associated logos and service marks are
 all trademarks or registered trademarks of J. Mark Burnett in the United
 States and/or other countries.
     USA Network, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of
 USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is cable television's
 leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films.  USA Network is available
 in 80% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in more than 81 million U.S. homes.  The
 USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.
 
 

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    LOS ANGELES, April 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Eco-Challenge, the world's premier
 Expedition Race(TM), is pleased to announce USA Network as the exclusive
 domestic distribution partner for the first official franchised Eco-Challenge
 qualifier, Armed Forces Eco-Challenge.  In its continuing partnership with
 Eco-Challenge Productions, USA Network will air Armed Forces Eco-Challenge as
 a special prime time event in October 2001.   The annual Eco-Challenge race
 moved exclusively to USA Network in the U.S. this year resulting in the
 highest-rated Eco-Challenge ever with Eco-Challenge: Borneo, which aired
 April 1-4.
     "Eco-Challenge and USA Network are clearly off to a tremendous start as
 partners in the U.S., and with the strong performance of Eco-Challenge:
 Borneo, we look forward to bringing more Eco-Challenge events to our viewers,"
 said Gordon Beck, Senior Vice President of Sports and Production.  "The Armed
 Forces Qualifier combines the intense excitement of expedition racing with a
 truly worthy American cause, in a classic U.S. wilderness setting.  The
 winning team will qualify for Eco-Challenge: New Zealand, allowing our viewers
 to share their journey, building anticipation for the next installment of the
 world's toughest expedition race on USA."
     Twenty-six mixed gender teams of four, representing the active and reserve
 components of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard, will set out
 at midnight on Summer Solstice on a 3-5 day round-the-clock expedition race
 over a grueling 250-mile course in remote Alaska.  The winning team  of Armed
 Forces Eco-Challenge will represent the U.S. military as "Team Taps" at
 Eco-Challenge: New Zealand in October 2001.
     "I am delighted to bring Armed Forces Eco-Challenge, the first-ever
 Eco-Challenge qualifier to USA Network," said Mark Burnett, Executive Producer
 and Creator of Eco-Challenge.  "The timing couldn't be better to build on the
 tremendous success of Eco-Challenge: Borneo.  USA's broadcast of Armed Forces
 Eco-Challenge this fall allows us another opportunity to bring a quality
 Expedition Race event to viewers nationwide this fall."
     USA Network will devote two hours in prime time, airing the qualifying
 race that travels through Alaska's awe-inspiring mountains, glaciers, rivers,
 forests and tundra.  Coverage will include footage of the nation's most daring
 Armed Forces traveling over 200 miles of raw Alaskan wilderness.  Additional
 information can be found at http://www.armedforceschallenge.com.
     In the first year of the qualifier series, out of 250 applicants, the
 Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) was awarded Eco-Challenge's
 first franchise.  TAPS is a national non-profit organization providing
 services to all those who have lost a loved one while serving in the Armed
 Forces.  For more information about TAPS, please visit http://www.taps.org.
     "It is in honor of all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for this
 country, and for their surviving families, that the men and women of America's
 Armed Forces are rising to the ultimate Eco-Challenge," said Bonnie Carroll,
 TAPS founder/president and Armed Forces Eco-Challenge Event Director.  "TAPS
 is proud to be the host and beneficiary of Armed Forces Eco-Challenge, and we
 look forward to working with USA Network to bring the best product possible to
 its viewers."
     Eco-Challenge(R) (http://www.ecochallenge.com) is the world's premier
 Expedition Race attracting the best adventure athletes from around the world;
 it is held in a remote region of the world each year.  The Eco-Challenge name
 and logo are registered trademarks of J. Mark Burnett and cannot be
 reproduced.  Eco-Challenge(R), The Expedition Race(TM), Expedition Racing(TM)
 and Expedition Competition(TM) and all associated logos and service marks are
 all trademarks or registered trademarks of J. Mark Burnett in the United
 States and/or other countries.
     USA Network, owned and operated by USA Cable, a division of
 USA Networks, Inc.'s (Nasdaq:   USAI) Entertainment unit, is cable television's
 leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net
 television shows and blockbuster theatrical films.  USA Network is available
 in 80% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in more than 81 million U.S. homes.  The
 USA Network Web site is located at http://www.usanetwork.com.
 
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