Shanghai 7 February, 2008 – Ironman China is pleased to announce that CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets (‘CLSA’), Asia’s leading independent brokerage and investment group, has become the title sponsor of Ironman China 70.3., China’s inaugural Ironman event to be held on 20 April in Haikou on the destination island of Hainan, China.
CLSA Chairman Rob Morrison said sponsorship of the first Ironman China event further strengthened the group’s active support and participation in triathlons and marathons throughout the region.
“CLSA is proud to be associated with an international event of this stature; where the participants are all peak performers and come into the race determined to outperform both their competitors’ and their own personal times.”
“The success of CLSA is built upon a single minded commitment to produce the highest quality research and provide the highest level of service to our clients; attributes that are of paramount importance to athletes undertaking such a challenging endurance event as the Ironman,” Morrison said.
Ironman China Event Director Murphy Reinschreiber said the support and commitment from an Asian-based company like CLSA further strengthens the Ironman franchise in Asia and offered CLSA exposure to a growing sport.
“We are thrilled to have CLSA’s support,” said Reinschreiber. “This commitment is a clear statement to everyone that China’s time has come. 2008 is going to be a pivotal year for Ironman China with the support of CLSA driving it forward.”
Reinschreiber considers Ironman China to be the world’s first destination Ironman. “Haikou is a magical place,” Reinschreiber enthuses. “The athlete experience will be unlike any other in the world. On our bike course athletes will travel from modern to old-time China and back again. The race combines all the excitement of a world-class city with a world-class triathlon race course.”
The CLSA Ironman China 70.3 race will take place on the same day as Ironman China, a first in the world-renowned Ironman series. The total entry limit for both races, CLSA Ironman China 70.3 and Ironman China is 1500.
The CLSA Ironman China 70.3 offers 25 qualifying slots to the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Clearwater, Florida. Ironman China features a professional prize purse of USD $50,000 and 50 qualifying slots for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships, which is held annually in Kona, Hawaii in October.
About Ironman China Ltd
Ironman China is owned and produced by Ironman China Ltd. For further information on Ironman China please see http://www.ironmanchina.com
Race Date: 20 April 2008
About CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets
CLSA Asia-Pacific Markets is the leading, independent investment group in Asia. The company provides investment banking, capital markets, equity broking and asset management services and products to global corporate and institutional clients. CLSA is renowned for its service excellence, product innovation, and award-winning market intelligence. Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Hong Kong, CLSA has more than 1,500 dedicated professionals located in 13 Asian cities, plus Dubai, London and New York.