36th Annual Tyler Cup Invitational Provides Executives Education and Motivation to Stay Fit –Saturday, October 21 at Cooper Aerobics Center

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Olympian and Elite Runner Bill Rodgers to Address Runners from Dallas’ Leading Companies and Organizations

WHAT: The Tyler Cup Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3), founded in 1972 promotes health and fitness in the workplace, starting at the top. Inspired by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, founder and chairman of Cooper Aerobics, who pioneered the concept of preventive medicine, The Tyler Cup Invitational recognizes the role fitness can play in increasing employee productivity, lowering health care costs and contributing to a healthy bottom line. “To get the troops involved, you need to get the generals involved,” says Dr. Cooper. His personal legacy and commitment to fitness has inspired more people to exercise than any other person alive today. Cooper challenges all business leaders to set a great example for others to follow.

Thousands of senior level executives from companies including Thompson & Knight; Raytheon; J.C. Penney; Roach, Howard, Smith & Hunter; Ebby Halliday; Overhead Door; Gardere, Wynne & Sewell; Richards Group; and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital have fielded teams for the two-mile time trials that make the Tyler Cup Invitational a fun and competitive experience that is too good to miss. The run starts at 8 a.m. and concludes by 11 a.m.

After the run, elite marathoner Bill Rodgers will share his life experiences at the Tyler Cup luncheon at Cooper Guest Lodge at 11:30 a.m. Track & Field News ranked Rodgers number one in the world in the late 1970’s after he completed 59 marathons; 28 were run under 2:15. Known as “Boston Billy” to sportswriters, Bill won 22 marathons in his career, including Boston and New York four times each.

The Cooper Institute® is proud to organize, host and support the Tyler Cup Invitational at the Cooper Aerobics Center and Cooper Fitness Center each year.

WHEN: Saturday, Oct. 21, 2011
8 a.m.–11 a.m. is the track competition near Cooper Fitness Center
11:30 a.m. –1:30 p.m. is the luncheon at Cooper Guest Lodge

WHERE: Cooper Fitness Center at Cooper Aerobics Center
12100 Preston Road
Dallas, TX 75230

WHO: The 2011 award will be given posthumously to Mr. Ray Robbins, retired CEO of Lennox Industries. Mr. Robbins participated in Tyler Cup almost every year since its inception. He also served on the President’s Council of Physical Fitness, appointed by President Ronald Reagan.

Last year, the Kenneth H. Cooper Award was given to President George Bush in recognition of his outstanding contribution to preventive medicine through physical fitness, personally and professionally. Past recipients include Tom Landry, Norman Brinker, Dan Cathy, Roger Staubach and Susan Dell.

This Year:
Scottish Rite Hospital: Dr. David Sucato, Dr. John Birch, Bob Walker
Roach, Howard, Smith & Barton: Tom Hughston, John Losurdo, Leroy Howard
Gardere, Wynne, & Sewell: Neil O’Brien
Adelsteine’s: Ruth & Irving Adelstein
Price, Waterhouse, Coopers: Arnold Segal
Lone Wolf Petroleum: Bill Williams
Crescent Management Enterprises: Susan & Robert Guyette
Overhead Door Co: Bob Haugh
Tyler Corporation: Ben Murphy
John Baer Real Estate: John Baer

About Tyler Cup Invitational
The Tyler Cup Invitational is for corporate executives and is intended to emphasize the benefits of aerobic programs in the promotion of health and wellness for colleagues, employees, and their families. Participants must be at least 35 years or older. This year’s class is proud to say that over 50% of participants are over 65 years old and still running. John Baer, Chairman of the Tyler Cup Foundation, says “this ‘friendly’ competition has kept many of us exercising long after others have given up.” Many report that they are fit today because of the great motivation and rivalries they have enjoyed at the annual Tyler Cup events. There is no cost to participants because this event is a gift to the business community from the Tyler Cup Foundation.

About The Cooper Institute
The Cooper Institute, established in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit globally dedicated to preventive medicine research and education. Dr. Cooper is the “Father of Aerobics” and is credited with sparking today’s fitness movement. The Cooper Institute’s unique longitudinal data has led the world in research involving adult fitness and continues to work with researchers such as Jarrett Berry, MD a cardiologist at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center who recently reported “if you are fit in mid-life, you double your chance of surviving to 85.” Now, The Cooper Institute is quantifying health as a leader in the fight against childhood obesity and diabetes through its fitness and nutrition assessment programs called FitnessGram® and NutriGram®. In addition, thousands of men and women worldwide take courses from The Cooper Institute on-line and in person to become health and fitness leaders. The Cooper Institute’s Personal Trainer Certification exam is nationally accredited by NCCA.


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