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NOV 2016

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November 2016 8 and planning experience. He was the national tour director and the director of operations for the Extreme Volleyball Professional Tour, for which he was responsible for all aspects of event operations and production. "Mr. Lenniger not only has fantastic industry experience but he also possesses the skills necessary to match up an event to a facility from a logistics standpoint, which is an art unto itself," Dunn said. Youth California Bans Smoking Near Youth Events In September, California Governor Jerry Brown banned smoking and the use of elec- tronic cigarettes within 250 feet of any Little League baseball game or other youth sports event. After receiving a request from an eighth-grade class in Elk Grove, Senator Richard Pan, a pediatrician, introduced the bill. Pan said tobacco products have no place near children. It is part of several an- ti-smoking bills that California has enacted. "Youth sports is about developing good and healthy habits, and smoking is the exact opposite of that," Pan said. Pan said that children exposed to secondhand smoke are at increased risk of asthma, lung infection and ear disease, among other health conditions. Youth Cycling Alliance Forms Representatives of major cycling organizations met at Interbike 2016 in Las Vegas and launched the Youth Cycling Alliance. The group discussed how to cooperate to enhance and expand youth cycling programs across the United States, includ- ing identifying opportunities for strengthening partnerships and aligning programming efforts. The group focused on engag- ing women, kids, minorities, physically challenged individ- uals and underserved popu- lations, and ways to expand the scope, size and quality of cycling programs to reach those groups. The meeting was hosted by Trips for Kids, facilitated by Nat Lopes from Hilride Pro- gression Development Group, and attended by leaders from People for Bikes, League of American Bicyclists, Inter- national Mountain Bicycling Association, National Inter- scholastic Cycling Association (NICA), Cycle Kids, Little Bella's, Project Bike Tech, Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association and Planet Bike. The group is working toward the development of a 2020 youth cycling initiative. t SPORTS Talk TAMPA – The rights to own and operate the Gulf Coast Triathlon have been acquired by Ironman and renamed the Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast triathlon. The event will keep its historic roots and take place on Saturday, May 13, 2017, joining the iconic Ironman Florida triathlon on one of the world's most beautiful beaches in Panama City Beach. "Panama City Beach has been a home to Ironman for 18 years, and each year it is an unforgettable experience for athletes from around the world," said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for Ironman. "We are pleased to add such a well-regarded event to our spring calendar, as we continue to offer athletes an opportunity to race in a beachside setting with a welcoming community." "The Gulf Coast Triathlon Foundation Board of Directors would like to thank all the people and organizations who have supported the Gulf Coast Triathlon for the last 34 years. Their involvement has allowed us to put on a stellar long-course triathlon all these years and give back to the community where we live and operate," said Dave Garret, Gulf Coast Triathlon Foundation Chairman. "To ensure the continued presence of our triathlon, the Board felt the time was right to bring in an organization with the larger resources needed to operate in the competitive sports world that exists today." The race will begin with a 1.2-mile, open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, along white sand shores. Competitors then bike 56 miles on an out-and-back course which travels through the rural areas of Bay County and Panama City Beach. With 27 miles of white sand beach, Panama City Beach proves to be a great destination for athletes and families alike, with multiple state and beachfront city parks, nearly 100 public beach access points, and an untouched seven-mile long barrier island. Ironman 70.3 Gulf Coast will offer 50 slots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 9 and 10, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. n Ironman Acquires Gulf Coast Triathlon

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