Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series Unveils Four New Events for 2009

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2009 series to launch signature races in Nashville, Detroit, San Diego and Phoenix

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Celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2009, the Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series is announcing event dates for the upcoming year. The 2009 schedule, which will kick off with an event in Richmond, VA in May, will also include four new events in Nashville, Detroit, San Diego and Phoenix. Muddy Buddy sold out eight of its nine events in 2008, and is looking forward to a record year in repeat cities as well as successful debuts in the four new markets.

The series, which hosts between 900 and 1,400 teams of two at each event, is known for its unique six- to seven-mile courses that require participants to 'leapfrog' between biking and running as they traverse trails and obstacles. The course ends with a 60-foot-long mud pit, which contestants crawl through together before crossing the finish line. Registration for all events in the 2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series is currently open online at http://www.muddybuddy.com .

Kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can join in the fun with the adults, as a part of the Paul Mitchell Mini Muddy Buddy. At each event, kids can sign up to complete a short obstacle course and slither through the same mud pit as the adults. Five dollars of each registration fee for the Mini Muddy Buddy benefits the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

"These events are a great way for the whole family to get out and enjoy an exciting, unique event," said Bob Babbitt, founder of the Muddy Buddy series. "Some participants even dress up in costume - the courses are appropriate for any ability level, and the relaxed atmosphere is perfect for anyone looking to have a great time and get muddy!"

The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) Muddy Buddy Challenge, presented by Land Rover Certified Pre-Owned, provides an easy way for able-bodied Muddy Buddy participants to help people with physical challenges. Funds raised through the CAF Muddy Buddy Challenge help purchase the adaptive athletic equipment and support necessary for challenged athletes to create an active lifestyle that includes fitness and competitive athletics. Land Rover, one of the event's longtime sponsors, aided the cause for the 2008 series by donating $9,000.

To register for any of the 2009 Muddy Buddy events or for more information, please visit http://www.muddybuddy.com .

2009 Muddy Buddy Ride and Run Series:

  • Sunday, May 3 - Richmond
  • Sunday, May 9 - Orlando
  • Sunday, May 17 - Austin
  • Sunday, May 31 - Nashville*
  • Sunday, June 7 - San Jose
  • Saturday, June 20 - Atlanta
  • Sunday, July 12 - Detroit*
  • Sunday, August 2 - Chicago
  • Sunday, August 16 - Boulder
  • Sunday, October 25 - Dallas
  • Sunday, November 1 - Los Angeles
  • Sunday, December 6 - San Diego*
  • Sunday, December 13 - Phoenix*

*New event for 2009 series

About Muddy Buddy
Muddy Buddy, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2009, is all about having a great time with your husband, wife, son, daughter or best buddy. The ingredients are two runners, one mountain bike, six off-road miles, four awesome obstacles, one glorious mud pit and a hunger for having a ton of fun. Teammates take turns riding and running their way through the course. Muddy Buddy is proud to offer events nationwide, including Richmond, VA; Orlando, FL; Austin, TX; Nashville, TN; San Jose, CA; Atlanta, GA; Detroit, MI; Chicago, IL; Boulder, CO; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; San Diego, CA and Phoenix, AZ.

Challenged Athletes Foundation
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is celebrating its 16th anniversary of changing lives. What started as a fundraiser to help one physically challenged athlete who suffered a tragic accident led to the discovery of an unmet need. The Foundation's organizers soon embraced a broader mission: to provide financial and emotional support through sport to a wide range of individuals with physical challenges - giving them confidence and self-esteem through participation in athletic and fitness activities. CAF has assisted more than 3,300 challenged athletes in the United States and around the world, and reaches more than 60,000 individuals annually through its programs and community outreach. In the last year, CAF distributed $1 million in grants to 625 challenged athletes, and has raised over $19,000,000 in the past 15 years. For more information, please visit http://www.challengedathletes.org .

About The Competitor Group
Competitor Group, Inc. (CGI), headquartered in San Diego, CA, is the leading media and event entertainment company dedicated to the endurance sports industry of running, cycling and triathlons. CGI is comprised of the following brands: Competitor Publishing, Elite Racing, Inside Triathlon, the Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Series, Triathlete Magazine, VeloNews and VeloPress. CGI owns and operates 25 national events delivering more than 250,000 professional and amateur participants in 2009. CGI publishes four magazine titles with a combined monthly circulation of approximately 650,000 and plans to launch an endurance community web presence under competitor.com in Q2 2009. Further information about Competitor and its media properties can be found at http://www.competitor.com .

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