Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
More than 3,500 athletes including 40 of the top professionals in the sport are set to compete at the 2012 Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon presented by the Johnson & Johnson Family of Health Care Companies (PHLYTRI) this weekend, June 23-24. One of the top ranked multi-sport events in the country, PHLYTRI hosts three days of competition and activities and returns for a third year as a featured race in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup.
The first day of racing is Saturday when 1,500 athletes will compete in the Sprint distance triathlon (.9K swim, 24K bike and 5K run) and over 200 children will take part in the Kids Fun Runs and Kids Duathlons. The main event takes place on Sunday when 2,000 athletes (professional and age-groupers) compete in the International distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run). The event expo, located on Smith Memorial Field next to the Please Touch Museum (Memorial Hall) in West Fairmount Park, is open Friday and Saturday.
“As we kick off the eighth annual Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon weekend, we welcome back the thousands of athletes who chose to race with us each year on our scenic and challenging course,” said Lars Beck, Race Director, PHLYTRI. “We thank the Philadelphia Insurance Companies, City of Philadelphia, The Fairmount Park Commission and all of our sponsors and volunteers, for their support as we prepare for another great weekend of word-class racing!”
“Philadelphia Insurance Companies’ TEAMPHLY is passionate about fitness and giving back to others. As the title sponsor since 2005, we look forward to once again competing and making a difference in our community through the charities supported by the PHLYTRI,” said Jamie Maguire, Chairman and CEO of Philadelphia Insurance Companies. “It’s also great to welcome top professionals and amateur athletes from all over the world to an event that showcases our beautiful city.”
The Cancer Center at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is the official charitable partner of the 2011 PHLYTRI. A founding partner of the race, CHOP has received over $500,000 in contributions through race related programs and benefits greatly from the Karr Barth CHOP Charity Challenge at the PHLYTRI Sprint race.
PHLYTRI returns for a third year as a featured race in the Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series Race to the Toyota Cup. The Series consists of seven events across the country, culminating at the Toyota US Open Triathlon in Dallas in October, the championship event of the Series. The pro field will compete Sunday for a prize pool of $40,000 plus $6,000 in premiums for the fastest swim, bike and run splits and the all important points in the Race to the Toyota Cup.
About Philadelphia Insurance Companies
Philadelphia Insurance Companies, a member of the Tokio Marine Group, designs, markets, and underwrites commercial property/casualty and professional liability insurance products incorporating value added coverages and services for select industries. In operation since 1962, the Company, whose commercial lines insurance subsidiaries are rated A+ (Superior) by A.M. Best Company and AA- for counterparty credit and financial strength by Standard & Poor’s, is nationally recognized as a member of Ward's Top 50 and National Underwriter’s Top 100. The organization has 49 offices strategically located across the United States to provide superior service. To locate the office nearest you or for more information, visit us on the web at http://www.phly.com.
About the Race to the Toyota Cup
Since 2006, the Race to the Toyota Cup has connected some of the most prominent international-distance triathlon events in the United States. Throughout the series, the world’s top professional triathletes battle for points and a chance to win the coveted Toyota Cup. In 2012, the Race to the Toyota Cup consists of seven events, including: the April 1 Nautica South Beach Triathlon (Miami); the May 28 Capital of Texas Triathlon (Austin); the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon June 24; the July 14 Life Time Tri Minneapolis ; the Life Time Tri Chicago August 26; the Herbalife Triathlon Los Angeles September 30; and the October 7 Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon (Dallas). For more information on the Race to the Toyota Cup visit http://www.racetothetoyotacup.com.