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Herbalife Sponsors 2008 Laguna Phuket Triathlon Corporate Challenge Team Relay

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Laguna Phuket and Herbalife International (Thailand) Limited are once again challenging companies to sponsor teams to compete in the Herbalife Corporate Challenge Team Relay at the 2008 Laguna Phuket Triathlon on Sunday 7 December. Now in its fifteenth year, the Laguna Phuket Triathlon is cosponsored by Thai Airways International and the Tourism Authority of Thailand, in addition to Herbalife.

Renowned as Southeast Asia’s premier multi-sport race, this year’s Laguna Phuket Triathlon and associated events expects to welcome over 1,200 competitors from around the world. There are 40 teams, comprising 120 athletes, registered. Plus 750 individual triathletes including 15 international pros competing for a share of the US$20,000 prize purse, and some 400 fun runners. With more than 150 entrants, Hong Kong represents the largest international market, closely followed by Singapore with 135 participants. Plus groups of 25 to 40 athletes will come from the USA, Australia, China, UK and the UAE.

This year Laguna will welcome a selection of the world’s best professional triathletes, some of them Ironman champions. The men’s pro line-up includes Laguna’s defending champion Massimo Cigana from Italy, winner of the 2008 Austrian Ironman 70.3 and Australian Greg Bennett whose victories this year alone include 1st in the US Open Triathlon, 1st in New York City’s Life Time Fitness Triathlon and 1st in the Los Angeles Triathlon.

The confirmed female pros include the 2008 Hawaii Ironman 70.3 Champion, Canadian Samantha McGlone; Australian Belinda Granger who has won three Ironman titles this year in China, Canada and Malaysia; American Laura Bennett who placed fourth in the Beijing Olympic Games Triathlon; and Australian Mirinda Carfrae, 2007 Ironman 70.3 World Champion.

The 2007 Herbalife Corporate Challenge Team Relay was won by the INUS Herbalife team. Second place went to the YHM2 Herbalife team, followed by The Power of Herbalife team. The top three teams in the Corporate Challenge will receive USD1,000, USD750 and USD500, respectively, courtesy of Herbalife.

Ms. Wallapa Narunatvanich, Country Director of Herbalife International (Thailand) Limited said, “Herbalife has been a Title Sponsor of Corporate Challenge Team Relay and the Official Nutrition and Healthy Living Sponsor of the competition since 2005 in order to help promote an active, healthy lifestyle through exercise. We value sports sponsorship as it offers an opportunity to encourage people to participate in a healthy and active lifestyle, which is in line with Herbalife’s position as a leading health and nutrition direct sales company that helps to make the world healthier”.

Corporate teams are comprised of three athletes – a swimmer, cyclist and runner, all above the age of 18. They can either be the same gender or any combination of males/females. Participants must be fit and trained in the relevant disciplines, as they will be competing over a demanding course made up of a 1.8k swim, 55k bike ride and 12k run.

The success of this world class sports event is not only due to the excitement and professional of the races, but also due to the beauty of Phuket and the friendliness and hospitality of the Thai people.