MALIBU, Calif., Sept. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, one of the nation's largest triathlons, is hosting its 32nd annual race on September 16th, 2018 at the sunny shores of Zuma Beach in Malibu, California. Thousands of triathletes, including celebrities and philanthropists, will gather to compete in the half-mile ocean swim, the 17-mile bike course, and a 4-mile run course to benefit the Pediatric Cancer Research Program at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), which focuses on discovering cures and preventative solutions for childhood cancers.
In total, the Nautica Malibu Triathlon has raised over $16 million since its inception, and in the last ten years raised over $12 million to support pediatric research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, which is home to The Saban Research Institute. The Nautica Malibu Triathlon brings together studios, entertainment industry corporations, professional triathletes, CHLA supporters and celebrities such as Zac Efron, James Marsden, Luke Hemsworth, Karla Souza, Beverley Mitchell, and Joel McHale for this worthy cause.
"As the Nautica Malibu Triathlon enters into its 32nd annual race being presented by Bank of America Merill Lynch, we look forward to seeing athletes push themselves to their mental and physical limits in support of Children's Hospital Los Angeles," says Michael Epstein, Motiv Sports Executive Producer of the event. "Every year we see an amazing turnout and are honored to be a part of this initiative to spread hope and promote the possibility of bettering the lives of many children and families at CHLA."
"We are thrilled to host the Nautica Malibu Triathlon, now in its 32nd year," said Natasha Fishman, EVP of Marketing ABG, owner of Nautica. "The Pediatric Cancer Research Program at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles continues to be an important cause for Nautica and we are grateful for all the participants who will apply their minds, bodies and souls to this rigorous challenge."
Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch is comprised of two races, including the Olympic Distance race on Saturday, September 15, 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 Olympic Distance race on Sunday, September 16, will feature a half-mile ocean swim, 17-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.
"The Nautica Malibu Triathlon and Motiv Sports have been vital partners in the work to cure childhood cancer performed at CHLA," said Alan S. Wayne, MD, director of the CHLA Children's Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases. "The money raised each year supports discoveries to improve the diagnosis and treatment of many forms of pediatric cancer. We are extremely grateful to participants in the triathlon and their supporters, and to Nautica and Motiv Sports for their long-standing dedication and commitment to our efforts. Everyone involved in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon over the past decade has helped improve the outlook for children and their families who are faced with cancer in the Los Angeles area and beyond."
The extraordinary doctors, nurses and researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles join forces to keep a smile on many children's faces by determining the most effective ways to improve and conquer the battle of aggressive childhood cancers.
For event details and information on the Nautica Malibu Triathlon presented by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, visit www.nauticamalibutri.com and follow @Nautica on social media.
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