Thursday, August 2, 2007

Men's Health Brings Urbanathlon & Festival to Chicago on October 20, 2007

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CHICAGO, July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Men's Health will expand its signature
event, the Men's Health Urbanathlon(TM) & Festival, to Chicago this year on
October 20, 2007. Previously only offered in New York, the unique race
concept utilizes an urban "playing field" in which traditional race
elements are combined with obstacle course components in iconic city
landmarks. The day-long event will incorporate the race and a free festival
open to the public. Athletes ready to tackle the streets and landmarks of
Chicago can register now at
The race will begin at Butler Field in Grant Park with participants
running north and then east to the Lake Shore Bike Path. Heading north on
the Bike Path they will run the perimeter of Navy Pier on their way to
North Avenue Beach where athletes will circle around and head back south en
route to Northerly Island. From there, they will dash to Soldier Field for
a stair climb up and down the stands and then north to the finish at Butler
Field. "Urban" obstacles will challenge racers at several points though the
race, from culvert crawls to a scaffolding maze and more. The race is
approximately 12 miles long and can be executed as a solo or as a 3-person
The race finishes with a day-long festival that features live
entertainment, health and wellness expos, interactive sports, concessions,
sampling and demonstrations by a range of vendors.
The Dodge brand renewed their sponsor status for both the New York and
Chicago events and will have the All-New 2008 Dodge Avenger serve as
Presenting Sponsor (the All-New 2008 Dodge Avenger hit dealerships in
Spring 2007). Additionally, ESQ SWISS will serve as the official
time-keeping sponsor and Crocs will serve as the official casual footwear
sponsor. Crunch Fitness is the event's national gym partner and will be
offering classes germane to the race. Additional sponsors are currently
being secured.
The Men's Health Urbanathlon(TM) & Festival will make a contribution to
the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF), a national charity that empowers
disabled athletes around the world.

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