STIHL Announces ESPN2 Air Dates of the 2011 STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series Professional Season

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The nation’s premier lumberjack competition airs on ESPN2 Dec. 11-24

STIHL Inc., creator and owner of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series presented by Ram Trucks, announced today the ESPN2 show schedule for the 2011 season of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. The shows will air Dec. 11, 18 and 24. The 2011 season, consisting of five U.S. professional qualifying events hosted around the country, the U.S. Championship and Relay at the Oregon State Fair and the World Championship and Relay in Roermond, Holland, airs on ESPN2 throughout December. For the complete ESPN2 schedule, visit STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US.

“As one of ESPN’s longest running programs, we value our relationship and look forward to airing the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series on the ESPN stage for the 26th season,” said Brad Sorgen, producer of the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series. “Being able to showcase our sport on a national platform enables us to recognize the intensity of the competition and talent of our professional athletes.”

The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series brought together 50 of the top professional athletes from around the country to compete in traditional lumberjack disciplines for the 2011 season, including the single buck, stock and hot saw, underhand, standing and springboard chops to determine the U.S. and World Champion lumberjack. The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series hosted five qualifying events throughout the spring to determine the top 20 who would advance to the U.S. Championship. Professional qualifiers were held at the University of Georgia (Southern qualifier), Cal Poly University (Western qualifier), Penn State University-Mont Alto (Mid-Atlantic qualifier), Purdue University (Midwest qualifier) and SUNY-Cobleskill (Northeast qualifier) with ESPN2 cameras capturing all of the wood-chopping action.

During the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series 2011 ESPN2 airings, STIHL and Ram will engage fans with a Watch & Win sweepstakes, where they can enter to win a $250 STIHL product certificate and Ram prizes. Fans simply watch the shows on ESPN2, and then enter to win by answering a trivia question based on that day’s shows. Visit the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series on Facebook for more information.

Established in 1985 by STIHL, the number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America*, the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Professional Series, billed as the Original Extreme Sport, attracts the world’s top lumberjack athletes in a competition based on historic logging techniques. The Series is seen by more than 20 million viewers annually in more than 62 countries on networks such as Eurosport and ESPN, where it is one of the longest running shows.

Get the latest information and up-to-date news and video on all the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series competitions by going to STIHLTIMBERSPORTS.US. Access behind-the-scenes photos and video on Facebook and YouTube.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the world's largest selling brand of chain saws and produces a full line of powerful, lightweight, and versatile handheld outdoor power equipment for homeowners and professional users. STIHL products are sold through independent servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of the closest STIHL retailer call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445) or visit STIHL's website at http://www.stihlusa.com.

*"Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research (commercial landscapers) as well as independent consumer research of 2010 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL Inc. is the official underwriting sponsor of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. The series airs throughout the year on the ESPN2 cable network, and the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Collegiate Series airs on ESPNU. The STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES is the pinnacle event in lumberjack sports. Since 1985 the Series has grown to become the premier showcase of the decades old sport of lumberjacking with competitions held around the world.

The term TIMBERSPORTS® is a registered trademark owned by ANDREAS STIHL AG & Co. KG. and refers to the series of disciplines and competitions that are part of the STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® Series. As such, it should not be used as a generic description of the overall sport of lumberjack sports. This trademark refers to all modifications of the term TIMBERSPORTS such as timber sports, or timbersport. The term TIMBERSPORTS should always appear in conjunction with "STIHL."

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