World Triathlon Corporation continues expansion of Ironman 70.3

first_imgWith the addition of Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman added to its Ironman 70.3 Series in 2010, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is continuing to grow the Ironman brand franchise.With the announcement of the two new additions to its 2010 event series, the former Lone Star Half and Mooseman Half Triathlons boast new names as official Ironman 70.3 events. The races, now known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, will continue to be produced by Race Director, Keith Jordan and Endorfun Sports and become part of a series that is now approaching 40 races worldwide.Each Ironman 70.3 qualifies athletes for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place each November in Clearwater, Florida. Registration for both of the new events will be available on 1 October 2009, by visiting www.ironmanlonestar.com and www.ironmanmooseman.com.Two other 70.3 events produced by Endorfun Sports, Ironman 70.3 Timberman and Ironman 70.3 Longhorn, will open registration on 1 October and 1 November, respectively.Keith Jordan and his team at Endorfun Sports have been producing events for the last 10 years. Jordan shares his excitement, “Our goal is to offer athletes the best triathlon experience in the world. We look forward to working with the Ironman team and building upon the success of these events.”Ironman 70.3 Lone Star takes place on 25 April 2010,with athletes able to experience historic Galveston Island, located on the Texas gulf coast. Situated among 242 lush, tropical acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will play host to the event. With amenities including a living rainforest, an IMAX 3D Theatre, aquarium and four-diamond full-service resort, there is something for the entire family. The swim will be in saltwater in the protected waters of the Offats Bayou, while the bike course will lead athletes on a flat and scenic ride along the coastline. Athletes will also see a flat run course, as it meanders through tropical gardens and towering glass pyramids.Ironman 70.3 Mooseman is set in Newfound, New Hampshire on 6 June 2010, and will be the most scenic 70.3 event in New England. The swim will utilise the pristine and fresh waters of Newfound Lake. With average water temperatures hovering around 62 degrees year-round, wetsuits will be permitted. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course, which passes by the majestic Granite Ledges, will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.At both events, professional athletes will compete for a US$30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top age group and pro finishers.www.ironman.com www.ironmanlonestar.com www.ironmanmooseman.com Relatedlast_img read more

NEWS SCAN: Novel coronavirus case, VHF airline guidance, more West Nile cases, Salmonella in tahini

first_imgNov 21, 2012Fourth case of novel coronavirus infection reportedSaudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health this week confirmed the world’s fourth case of infection with a novel coronavirus first identified in September, the Saudi Gazette reported today. The Saudi native was admitted to a hospital in Riyadh but has improved after treatment, and tests at a reference lab outside the country were positive for the new coronavirus. Few other details were provided. The first reported case was fatal, while the second and third case-patients remain hospitalized in the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, respectively.Nov 21 Saudi Gazette storyECDC panel publishes airline trace-back guidance for viral hemorrhagic feversA European expert advisory panel recommends trace-back of airplane passengers only if Lassa, Ebola, or Marburg hemorrhagic fever is confirmed in an index patient and other criteria are met, the group reported in BMC Public Health today. The panel, commissioned by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), undertook a thorough review of the literature and consulted viral hemorrhagic disease (VHF) experts. Given that “no evidence of transmission of VHF during air travel exists to date,” the panel recommends trace-back investigations to begin only if: (1) the index case had symptoms during the flight, (2) the flight was within 21 days after pathogen detection, and (3) for Lassa fever, if exposure of body fluid has been reported. The panel recommends beginning trace-back only after confirmation of the index case and including only passengers and crew with direct contact, passengers who sat on either side of the index patient, and crew and cleaning personal of the index patient’s section of the aircraft.Nov 21 BMC Public Health abstractUS West Nile cases, deaths still risingThe US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today that it received reports of 79 more West Nile virus (WNV) infections over the past week, raising the nation’s total for the year so far to 5,207. Five more deaths were reported, pushing that number to 234, according to the CDC’s update. The nation’s WNV activity is at the highest for the third week of November since 2003. New York was added to a list of states that make up 80% of the cases. The others are Texas, California, Louisiana, Illinois, Mississippi, Michigan, South Dakota, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Arizona, Ohio, and New York.Nov 21 CDC WNV updateCDC details Salmonella outbreak in Lebanese tahiniA report of the first US outbreak of Salmonella serotype Bovismorbificans associated with tahini (sesame seed paste), an ingredient used in hummus and other Mediterranean-style foods, demonstrates the difficulty of tracing ingredient-driven outbreaks and emphasizes the importance of PulseNet in identifying disease clusters in geographically dispersed cases. The report, in the current Morbidity Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), describes the identification and investigation of 23 culture-confirmed cases of Salmonella Bovismorbificans having indistinguishable pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns that occurred in seven states and the District of Columbia (DC) from September through November 2011. Many of the cases were identified through PulseNet, the national database of public health and food regulatory agency laboratories. In May 2012, trace-back investigation found that contaminated tahini used in hummus and perhaps other foods served at three Mediterranean-style restaurants in DC and northern Virginia was the probable source of the outbreak. The tahini came from a common manufacturer in Lebanon.Nov 23 MMWR reportlast_img read more