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Clif Bar & Company Announces Voluntary Nationwide Recall of CLIF and LUNA Branded Bars Containing Peanut Butter Due to Possible Health Risk

 

BERKELEY, Calif., January 19, 2009 -- Clif Bar & Company today announced a voluntary recall of CLIF and LUNA branded bars that contain peanut butter because the products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled products contain peanut butter manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA). PCA is the focus of an investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) concerning a recent Salmonella outbreak thought to be caused by tainted peanut butter.

 

In the U.S., the following Clif Bar & Company products with "Best By/Sell By" dates ranging as shown below, in all sizes and packages, are included in the recall:

 

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and

       03NOV09 to 28NOV09

 

CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       21JUN09 to 01OCT09 and

       03NOV09 to 28NOV09

 

CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz

BEST BY/SELL BY:

       13SEP09

 

CLIF Builder's Peanut Butter

SELL BY:

       19JUL09 to 30SEP09 and

       05NOV09 to 18NOV09

 

CLIF Kid Organic ZBaR Peanut Butter

BEST BY:

       07JUL09 to 05SEP09 and

       12NOV09

 

LUNA Nutz Over Chocolate

BEST BY:

       29JUL09 to 03OCT09 and

       11NOV09 to 14NOV09

 

LUNA Peanut Butter Cookie

BEST BY:

       02OCT09 to 03OCT09 and

       11NOV09 to 14NOV09

 

MOJO Honey Roasted Peanut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Mixed Nuts

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Mountain Mix

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Peanut Butter Pretzel

BEST BY:

       30APR09 to 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Chocolate Peanut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Peanut Butter and Jelly

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

MOJO Dipped Fruit and Nut

BEST BY:

       30APR09 - 21JUN09

 

These products were sold in grocery, warehouse and other retail stores throughout the United States. No other CLIF or LUNA products or flavors are included in this United States recall.

 

Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.

 

In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

 

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products are urged to destroy them but retain the "Best By/Sell By" code found on the back of the package. Consumers with questions or who would like a refund may contact Clif Bar & Company at 1-800-CLIFBAR (1-800-254-3227). Details also can be found at www.clifbar.com.

 

"With an abundance of caution and given the FDA's ongoing investigation of PCA, we're doing all we can to ensure consumer safety and trust," said Gary Erickson, owner and founder of Clif Bar & Company.

 

About Clif Bar & Company

Clif Bar & Company is a leading maker of all-natural and organic energy and nutrition foods and drinks, including the CLIF BAR energy bar and LUNA, The Whole Nutrition Bar for Women. Focused on great food and sustainability, Clif Bar & Company works diligently to reduce its footprint on the planet from the field to the final product.

 

The FDA has created a searchable list of other products affected by the peanut butter recall.

 

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The following four CLIF products distributed in Canada with "Expiry Date/Date d'Expiration" dates and/or ranges of dates as shown below, in all sizes and packages, are included in the recall:

 

CLIF BAR Chocolate Chip Peanut Crunch / Brisures de Chocolat aux Arachides Croquants

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE07

 

CLIF BAR Crunchy Peanut Butter / Beurre d' Arachide Croquant

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE06 to 2009SE11 and

       2009NO13

 

CLIF BAR Peanut Toffee Buzz / Toffee et Arachides

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009SE12

 

CLIF Builder's Peanut Butter / Beurre d'Arachide

EXPIRY DATE/DATE D'EXPIRATION:

       2009JU20 and

       2009AU20

 

These products were sold in grocery, warehouse and other retail stores throughout Canada. No other CLIF or LUNA products or flavors are included in this recall in Canada.

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Lance Armstrong makes his return to road cycling next week at Australia's Tour Down Under. And for the first time ever, American cycling fans can watch it on Versus . Coverage will be seen in half-hour segments from January 18 to 24, and an hour-long presentation will air on Sunday, Jan. 25.

 

For triathletes, the XTERRA USA and World Championships have been airing in local markets and will continue for the next several days. Check the complete broadcast schedule to find out when you can see it.

 

And for those anxious to find out if they were chosen in the Ironman lottery (deadline to enter is February 28!), you can watch the NBC broadcast of the Ford Ironman World Championships on Hulu.com for free, anytime you want.

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Press Release

 

Ft. Lauderdale, FL -- 4-Time Olympic medalist Brendan Hansen and 3-Time Olympic Gold medalist and Olympic commentator Rowdy Gaines have joined forces with the International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) and PMG Aquatics for the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale Rough Water Swim on Saturday, January 3, 2009.

 

The open water swimming competition will help raise funds and awareness to promote water safety. Brendan and Rowdy will be present to serve as hosts of the event and to join in the festivities.

 

Started in 1969 by Buck Dawson, founding executive director of the ISHOF, the Rough Water Swim was first called the Galt Ocean Mile Swim. The one-mile race took place on the newly-developed condo strip of the Fort Lauderdale beach known as Galt Ocean Mile.

 

It was known for many years as the largest swim race in the U.S. with the largest spectator audience, over 50,000 people, who theoretically would be looking out of their condo/apartment windows. When started, no lifeguards or safety crew existed -- in fact, swimmers were asked to "BYOL" or " bring your own lifeguard" to walk the beach as they swam.

 

After a few years, the Fort Lauderdale Beach Patrol patrolled the course with their beach Jeeps, and in the early 1980's suggested that the swim move three miles south to the part of Fort Lauderdale Beach which maintained lifeguard stations. Eventually, it became known as the International Swimming Hall of Fame Ocean Mile Swim. It has been held here ever since and is now in its 39th year.

 

PMG Aquatics , a division of Premier Management Group, has partnered with the International Swimming Hall of Fame to increase the visibility of the race and help raise awareness for drowning prevention.

 

"We are very excited to be a part of this race, with its incredible history, and to partner with the International Swimming Hall of Fame in promoting a great open water event while simultaneously promoting a worthy cause in drowning prevention" said Bobby Brewer, Vice President of PMG Aquatics.

 

Originally, the race was set up as an event for the College Coaches Swim Forum -- which has been meeting at the old Casino Pool and now the Hall of Fame Pool since 1935 -- although everyone was invited to participate. Bruce Wigo, CEO of International Swimming Hall of Fame stated, "This has always been such a great event. To now have two leading entities in the swimming community, PMG and the Hall of Fame working together, should hold great things for the future for the competition and the cause to prevent drowning."

 

The Ft. Lauderdale Roughwater Swim will feature a one mile swim and a 5K challenge for both masters and youth swimmers, and ¼ and ½ mile swims for the younger kids. The Ft. Lauderdale Rough water Swim is a perfect excuse to escape to beautiful Ft. Lauderdale, and enjoy the warm weather and beaches of sunny south Florida.

 

Swimmers of all ages are encouraged to come out and support this great cause. Travel packages are available. For more information, please visit www.lauderdaleswim.com . You can register for the race here.

 

About Drowning Prevention

Drowning is one of the unequivocal dangers of recreational water use. According to the World Health Organization, an estimated 400,000 people drown around the world every year. In children, drowning is one of the leading causes of accidental deaths.

 

About The International Swimming Hall of Fame

The International Swimming Hall of Fame is a not-for-profit educational organization located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Our mission is to promote the benefits and importance of swimming as a key to fitness, good health, quality of life, and the water safety of children. We will accomplish this through operation of the International Swimming Hall of Fame, a dynamic shrine dedicated to the history, memory, and recognition of the famous swimmers, divers, water polo players, synchronized swimmers, and persons involved in life-saving activities and education throughout the world, whose lives and accomplishments will serve to inspire, educate, and be role models for all those who participate in the Hall of Fame's experience and programs.

 

About Premier Management Group

PMG is one of the largest athlete representation agencies for Olympic athletes in the U.S. PMG represents Olympic athletes for endorsements, personal appearances, keynote speeches, motivational speeches, infomercials, trade show appearances, celebrity endorsements, pharmaceutical spokespeople, national spokespeople, clinics, sports events, events, corporate meetings, celebrity satellite media tours, video news releases, and much more. PMG Aquatics is an aquatic marketing and aquatic event management division of PMG. For more information, please visit www.pmgsports.com or www.pmgaquatics.com .

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Mark your calendars for Saturday December 13, 2008 at 8:00am; this will be the kickoff of Campagnolo's first annual Toy Drive and Christmas Bike Ride.

 

The ride will leave from the Campagnolo offices in Carlsbad, California5431 Avenida Encinas, Suite Cat around 10:00am and we will head out for a nice ride on the coast; approximately 30 miles. We will have some breakfast food and drink to fuel you for the ride.

 

It is not necessary to pre-register.

 

We ask you to bring a new unwrapped toy for children infant to 17 yrs of age. The toys will be donated to Children's Hospital of SD and Voices for Children-SD Chapter. These are two very deserving charities.

 

Please spread the word and join the Campagnolo North America staff and Campagnolo fans. We look forward to seeing you here, getting in a fun ride together and making a lot of children's holiday season brighter.

 

For more information on Campagnolo, visit their website at www.campagnolo.com

 

Note: The Campagnolo North America Toy Drive Ride is a non-sanctioned ride. All riders ride at their own risk.

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Press Release

 

*Philadelphia, PA* -- Anne Mahlum is a veteran marathoner who rose early most mornings to run on the dark streets of Philadelphia--often with homeless men cheering her on as she passed their shelter.

 

Instead of just waving and smiling, Mahlum thought she'd try and get them running with her. She contacted the shelter, got donations of running gear, and in July 2007 the Back On My Feet running club hit the streets. 

 

The first day, Mahlum led nine shelter residents in a mile-long run. Today, Back on My Feet has teams at five Philadelphia shelters, with more than 90 members and more than 400 volunteers. The simple concept has developed into a comprehensive program that offers connections to job training, educational scholarships and housing assistance. The benefits of Back on My Feet are earned through the currency of attitude, commitment, teamwork, respect, dedication and leadership.

 

CNN Heroes and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter honored Mahlum at City Hall on Thursday, November 13, 2008, in anticipation of "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" later this month that will spotlight ordinary citizens accomplishing extraordinary deeds. Mahlum was named one of ten CNN Heroes honorees last month, out of nearly 4,000 nominations from 75 countries and is the only honoree with an athletically-focused endeavor in the CNN Heroes Top 10.

 

"Running really is a metaphor for life," said Mahlum. "There is always another mile. You just have to take it one step at a time."

 

A Blue Ribbon Panel made up of distinguished humanitarians and leaders, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Jane Goodall and Earvin "Magic" Johnson, selected Mahlum for her work to give people experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia a sense of community and accomplishment through physical fitness. She will be awarded $25,000 and is eligible for the $100,000 prize that will be bestowed upon the CNN Hero of the Year later this month. 

 

The public will select the "CNN Hero of the Year" via voting at the CNN Heroes site at www.CNN.com/Heroes through Thursday, November 20 at 6 a.m. Eastern. At a November gala, CNN will honor the 10 heroes and reveal the CNN Hero of the Year. Hosted by Anderson Cooper from the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute will air globally on CNN, CNN International and CNN en Español on Thanksgiving, November 27, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

 

Read the CNN.com article "Runner Gets Homeless on Right Track" , and visit the Back on My Feet donation page .

 

Watch a video of Mahlum and Back on My Feet

 

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From the Running USA Wire:

 

Women's World Marathon Majors Series Champions' Race Will Come Down to Last Race of the Season

 

For the second consecutive year, the World Marathon Majors Series women's champions race will come down to the final race of the season at the ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 2, with three women still in contention for the $500,000 WMM champion's purse.

 

Reigning WMM Series champion Gete Wami of Ethiopia (65 points), Irina Mikitenko of Germany (65 pts) and Catherine Ndereba of Kenya (41 pts) are all in the hunt for the women's title. Both Wami and Ndereba will be fighting it out on the New York City streets while Mikitenko, who won the Berlin Marathon last month, will be watchingliterallyfrom the sidelines and hoping that things work out her way.

 

Martin Lel of Kenya (76 points) clinched the men's crown and $500,000 prize with victories at the 2007 and 2008 Flora London Marathon and last year's ING New York City Marathon. Only last year's WMM Series champion, Lel's compatriot Robert K. Cheruiyot (55 pts) had a chance of overtaking Lel, but a nagging leg injury forced him to sit out the fall season.

 

Lel and the women's champion will be honored at a special luncheon in New York City on Monday, November 3, the day after the ING New York City Marathon.

 

The 2007-08 women's WMM Series champion will be won by Wami, Ndereba or Mikitenko.

 

1) Wami holds her own destiny in her hands and can wrap up the championship for the second consecutive year, regardless of what Ndereba does, by finishing first or second in New York. Wami has already scored in the maximum four events so only by finishing first or second can she add to her point total. Wami finished second at New York last year in a tight duel with Paula Radcliffe of Great Britain, who is returning to defend her title.

 

2) Ndereba can only win the Series crown by placing first in the ING New York City Marathon, and then hoping that Wami does not finish in second place. If that happens, Ndereba would have 66 points and would beat Wami by a single point. A victory by Ndereba in NYC would be her first ING New York City Marathon title.

 

3) Mikitenko can only win if Wami does not finish in first or second place in the ING New York City Marathon and Ndereba also does not win the race. That would leave a tie between Mikitenko and Wami each with 65 points. The first tiebreaker is head-to-head and that is knotted at 1-1. Wami beat Mikitenko in Berlin 2007 and Mikitenko beat Wami in London 2008. The next and ultimate tiebreaker is a vote by the WMM race directors, whichif necessarywould be conducted immediately after the conclusion of the New York race.

 

Complete WMM Series leaderboards can be found at: WorldMarathonMajors.com .

 

Universal Sports to Offer Live Coverage of ING New York City Marathon

 

Universal Sports, in conjunction with NBC Sports, will present live webcast coverage of the 2008 ING New York City Marathon (coverage begins at 8:45am ET) on Sunday, November 2 at UniversalSports.com . The ING New York City Marathon webcast will be available worldwide and free to all viewers.

 

In addition to the webcast, viewers can watch a live TV broadcast of the ING New York City Marathon on the Universal Sports Network, a 24-hour television channel available to 30 million households including New York, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Chicago, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Hartford/New Haven, Omaha (Neb.), Las Vegas and Reno (Nev.). Universal Sports is home to the World Marathon Majors (Berlin, Boston, Chicago, London and New York City) and includes a special marathon section updated with news, photos, results and more on UniversalSports.com . Universal Sports is the preeminent year-round multi-platform destination of Olympic and lifestyle sports. Check your local listings to see if Universal Sports is available in your area. If not available, call your local cable or satellite provider to request.

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Press Release -- NA Sports, Oct. 10, 2008

 

Due to the tremendous growth of onsite registration, North America Sports will be implementing new onsite registration procedures. These new procedures will launch at Ford Ironman Florida and will be as follows:

 



    • Laptop computers will be used by our volunteers to take the prospective athlete's contact and credit card information on-site. The volunteer will enter in the prospective athlete's information directly into Active. They will then get the athlete's credit card information and charge them the race entry fee.


    • The prospective athlete will receive a copy of the form they filled out as a receipt, which will outline when and how to complete the registration process. They will also receive a reminder via email.


    • After receiving the confirmation email the athlete will have a spot reserved for them in the event. However, the participant will still need to go back to Active.com during a specified time frame to complete their online registration. Any athlete that does not follow this procedure will not be considered registered for the event.


    • The athlete will follow the same online procedure as before. They will access the Ford Ironman Florida event via a specific registration link, select their name from the athlete drop-down bar and enter in their unique password. However, the online entry will not have a payment associated with it as they have already paid the entry fee.


    • The athlete will receive a set amount of time (one to two weeks) to let them complete the registration.

 

This system will ensure fairness to all athletes wishing to sign up for NA Sports races. Under the previous system a number of certificates distributed at on-site registration were not redeemed and this created a situation requiring NA Sports to reopen on-line entries. People who attempted to enter on-line immediately after it opened and were closed out may not be aware of the additional spots available at a later date. This should no longer be the case going forward.

 

This new procedure allows the prospective athlete's information to be put directly into the Active.com database so that it is accurate and has no chance of getting misplaced. It may take a little longer in the beginning so we ask that you be patient with our volunteers and staff.

 

For more information, visit the NA Sports website .
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The Wall Street Journal has reported on the proverbial stick in the spokes of San Francisco's efforts to move forward with a thorough bike plan that seeks to boost ridership by 10 percent by 2010.

 

Phred Dvorak's article reveals that Rob Anderson's lawsuit has forced the city to perform an expensive and time-consuming environmental impact review of the bike plan, which totals 527 pages and offers comprehensive maps, traffic analyses, and bike lane and bike rack proposals.

 

Writes Dvorak:

 

Cars always will vastly outnumber bikes, (Anderson) reasons, so allotting more street space to cyclists could cause more traffic jams, more idling and more pollution. Mr. Anderson says the city has been blinded by political correctness. It's an "attempt by the anti-car fanatics to screw up our traffic on behalf of the bicycle fantasy," he wrote in his blog this month.

 

Huh? The bicycle fantasy? But Anderson isn't done ranting about cyclists:

 

"Regardless of the obvious dangers, some people will ride bikes in San Francisco for the same reason Islamic fanatics will engage in suicide bombings -- because they are politically motivated to do so," he wrote in a May 21 post.

 

Anderson, who Dvorak reports hasn't owned a car in 20 years, is even planning to run for a seat on the city's Board of Supervisors in November.

 

So as major cities such as New York , Chicago and Boston continue to make transportation by bike more feasible and safe, the usually progressive City by the Bay struggles under the bureaucracy required when one man demands that human-powered machines prove their environmental worth.

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Ironman races are often known for particular weather: Arizona's heat, Florida's humidity, Kona's...everything. Athletes, spectators and fans will always remember the 2008 Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid for the sometimes torrential downpours that soaked the 10th anniversary event.

 

Yet despite the continuously wet weather, 2,345 competitors finished the race. And then it quickly sold out for 2009. Clearly, Lake Placid has become a favorite among North American triathletes.

 

You can watch a highlight video narrated by Paula Newby-Fraser and Michael Lovato at the NA Sports website .

 

 

Francisco Pontano of Spain (above) won the men's race in 8:43:42. Caitlin Shea-Kenney claimed the women's title in 9:51:00. Read a wrap-up of the events here.

 

Photo courtesy of asiphoto.com.

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Tune in to the Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Triathlon on NBC this Saturday, July 26, from 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EST. Click on the video below for a sneak peek of Saturday's broadcast on NBC.

 

 

The show was taped on location on April 12, 2008, at Lake Las Vegas Resort, a destination located approximately 17 miles from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Featuring Sprint and Intermediate-distance races, the inaugural event took more than 800 females, ages 11 to 68 years old, into the pristine waters of Lake Las Vegas, on a challenging bike ride through the town of Henderson, Nevada, and on a scenic run along the grounds of the Lake Las Vegas Resort property.

 

Watch as Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Champion, Mirinda Carfrae, and fellow world-renowned professional athletes such as 2006 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Samantha McGlone; short-course specialist, Becky Lavelle and Ironman World Champion, Karen Smyers, compete for a $15,000 prize purse.

 

 

Additionally, several inspirational athletes are highlighted to include:

 




    • Patti Jackson, 44, from Alexandria, VA. Patti is a member of the United States Air Force, as well as a breast cancer survivor.


    • Tracy Guaderrama, 37, from El Cajon, CA. Tracy inspires others with her bravery serving as Homicide Detective for the San Diego Police Department. The event marked the one-year anniversary of her kidney donation that saved her mom's life.


    • Lisa Jamison, 46, from Tampa, FL. A veteran Iron Girl athlete, Lisa dedicates this race, among others, to her brother-in-law, who was recently diagnosed with melanoma.

 

Registration for the 2009 Aflac Iron Girl Lake Las Vegas Triathlon will open during the start of the broadcast, at 2:30 p.m. EST, at www.IronGirl.com

 

The mission of Iron Girl is to empower women toward a healthy lifestyle.  Begin your Iron Girl journey today!

 

 

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American triathlon's elder statesman Hunter Kemper qualified for his third straight Olympics this past weekend, fending off Andy Potts to place sixth and be the top American finisher at the Hy-Vee ITU Triathlon World Cup race in Des Moines, Iowa.

 

Kemper, who last year became the first triathlete to be featured on a Wheaties box , joins Jarrod Shoemaker and Matt Reed as the three Beijing-bound American male triathletes.

 

Sarah Haskins joins Laura Bennett and Julie Swail Ertel on the women's Olympic triathlon team. Haskins, who won the silver medal at the 2008 ITU World Championships in Vancouver in early June, finished sixth in Des Moines and punched her first Olympic ticket by beating Sarah Groff.

 

More race info can be found on the ITU website , including video wrap-ups of both men's and women's races (click here and then click on Hy-Vee in the list to the left of the video player).

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After representing the U.S. at the Olympics in swimming and triathlon, Sheila Taormina will once again proudly wear the stars and stripes -- this time in modern pentathlon. She was recently nominated (though not officially finalized) to her fourth Olympic team in her third sport by the USOC (full story, including an explanation on why it isn't yet "official," here.)

 

Modern pentathlon consists of shooting, swimming, running, equestrian and fencing. Taormina was a gold medalist in swimming at the 1996 Games in Atlanta in the 4x200 relay. After making the transition to triathlon for the 2000 Sydney Games, she placed sixth. In Greece four years later, Taormina again participated in triathlon, finishing 23rd.

 

Sheila Taoarima prepares for the swimming event of the modern pentathlon competition at the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. AP Photo/Armando Franca

 

Taormina's ability to adapt to new sports seems uncanny. The progression from swimming to tri may be natural, but to take up shooting, fencing and equestrian shows dedication and the willingness to learn and try new things. But she's also overcome more than having to reinvent herself as an athlete. As ESPN reports, Taormina's ordeal with a stalker has led her to become a stronger person.

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For Immediate Release -- May 9, 2008

 

Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team Makes Donation to Fallen Competitor Who Was Paralyzed at Tour of Gila  

Team Will Auction off Signed Team Jersey on eBay to Raise Additional Funds

 

Bend, OR -- The Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team announced today that its riders and staff donated $5,000 cash to Fausto Munoz Esparza, the rider who was paralyzed in a horrific high-speed crash in the Sunday, May 4, final stage of the Tour of Gila in Silver City, New Mexico. The cash consists of the riders' prize money they earned over last week's 5-day Tour of Gila and staff donations.

 

In addition, Toyota-United will auction off a team jersey signed by all 14 riders on eBay beginning Monday, May 12 in order to provide the general public with an opportunity to show their support for Fausto and his family.

 

Esparza 33, a former Mexican Nation Champion and father of three children, is in critical but stable condition in the intensive care unit of El Paso's Thomason Hospital in Texas with a broken back which has left him paralyzed from the waist down.  "He is very depressed and not sure what to make of this terrible situation.  His wife, three children and parents have all come to El Paso to be by his side for the next three weeks until he gets out of the hospital" said Jose Manuel "Chepe" Garcia a Toyota-United rider and personal friend of Esparza.

 

"When I first heard how bad his accident was from Scott Moninger, (Asst. Team Director for Toyota-United) I immediately sprung into action and called Chepe who is a friend of Fausto's to see what was up.  I could hear in his voice how upset he was and how Fausto is very depressed and makes his living racing a bike, which is no longer the case.  Then Chepe told me how Fausto has three children and a wife to support.  Being the Team Owner watching my riders risk everything each week and being married with a baby girl on the way in September, the whole situation really hit home for me.  I then spoke with our riders and staff and we all agreed to do something for Fausto no matter how small it may be; but we want to start the ball rolling in hopes that other teams and fans will follow suit to help Fausto in his time of need" said Team Owner Sean Tucker.

 

Supporters may visit the Toyota-United website beginning Monday May 12th to link to an auction of a team jersey signed by all 14 members of the team to raise additional funds.  www.toyota-united.com

 

In addition, people may make a private donation to:

 

Wells Fargo Bank

1201 N. Pope Street

Silver City, NM  88061

Attn: Fausto Munoz Esparza Donation Fund

 

Letters can be sent to:

 

Patient: Fausto Esparza, ICU/12

C/O Thomason Hospital

4815 Alameda Avenue

El Paso, TX  79905

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Like he did for Dominique Rolling after his stage win at the Amgen Tour of California, Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team owner Sean Tucker put Ivan Dominguez on a Times Square big screen after his Tour of Georgia Stage 1 win.

 

 

The victory ensured that Toyota-United remains the only team in the world to have won at least one stage in every major American tour over the past three seasons.

 

You can listen to Sean Tucker talk about the team, why Rollin is know as "The Horse" and the future of American cycling at Bicycling.net.

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The Tour de Georgia is underway! Yesterday, super-sprinter Ivan Dominguez of the Toyota-United Pro Cycling Team won the 70.4-mile stage 1 from Tybee Island to Savannah.

 

Photo courtesy of Action Images

 

From the Toyota-United press release:

Ivan Stevic from Toyota-United was in an early breakaway of six riders that never gained more than a minute advantage over the field for most of the race. "With eight kilometers to go, the Pro Tour teams formed an alliance and drove hard to catch the leaders. Our guys were waiting in the wings to spring Dominguez to the finish if Stevic's group was caught," said Len Pettyjohn, Team Director for Toyota-United. 

 

With 1,000 meters to go, Henk Vogels the team captain of Toyota-United led the charge with Dominique Rollin, Ivan Dominguez and Hilton Clarke on his wheel to set up the sprint for Dominguez.  "Henk put us in a perfect position and took me to 500 meters where I let loose with everything I had to deliver Ivan as close to the finish as possible before he blew past me with 200 meters to go and easily won," said teammate Dominique Rollin.

 

"With 50 meters to go, I looked under my arm and saw I had the same gap as when I passed everyone earlier and realized then I was the fastest and no one was going to pass me."  said Dominguez after the race.

 

 

 

Read more on the Tour de Georgia at Active Expert Bruce Hildenbrand's blog.

 

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