ST. GEORGE, Utah (March 21, 2019)– Last weekend 50 athletes from the Suunto Multisport Team descended on the trails of St. George, Utah, to kick off the team’s inaugural 2019 season. The Suunto Multisport Camp spanned three days, offering an opportunity for professional and amateur triathletes and runners to meet, participate in workshops and familiarize themselves with team product during group runs, rides and swims.
Suunto and team management partner Team Sports, Inc.selected team members from more than 1,200 applicants in late 2018. The establishment of this team marks an exciting new chapter for Suunto as the brand reaffirms its commitment to supporting multisport communities.
“The Suunto Multisport Camp served as the perfect venue for us to gather with teammates, team management and sponsors to celebrate the start of what we hope will be an immensely successful 2019 season. While every member of this team is focused on performance and competition, this roster of athletes comprises a unique collection of elite and amateur athletes who all have compelling stories to tell,” says Caleb Whittle, head of brand marketing for Suunto in the Americas.
During the three-day preseason camp, athletes took part in workshops covering topics including social media marketing and media training, as well as brand and product presentations, and group and individual training.
Every member of the Suunto Multisport Team will use the Suunto 9—the brand’s latest multisport GPS watch equipped with a 120-hour battery life, wrist-based heart rate and 80 sport modes. Athletes were also equipped with a fully-kitted athlete package that included gear from sponsors including Enve Composites, Jaybird, Castelli, Blueseventy, BOCO Gear, Petzl, Hyperice and Kanberra Sport.
“Getting to meet so many incredible athletes at the camp that share the same enthusiasm for the sport was amazing. It was very rewarding to learn about their backgrounds and experiences, train alongside them and to be able to learn from their training and racing recommendations. After returning from camp, I'm very motivated to go into my next race, represent the team and to follow my teammates throughout the year as they participate in their events,” says team member Brian Boyle, whose story of personal triumph left an indelible mark on his teammates. After surviving an automobile accident that pulverized his bones and organs, stripped him of over 60 percent of his blood, stopped his heart eight times and left him in a coma for two months, Boyle powered through years of rehabilitation and has now finished seven IRONMAN 70.3s, seventeen marathons and two 100-mile ultramarathons, all while advocating for the American Red Cross.
In addition to Boyle, members of the team include Alex Borsuk, the Portland, Oregon-based ultrarunner and sports nutritionist whose mountain adventures with her dog have made her a well-known face in the outdoor industry, as well as Dave Orlowski, one of the 12 finishers of the very first IRONMAN race, which took place in Oahu, Hawaii in 1978. Orlowski, now 63, has finished 28 IRONMAN events and has done so while fighting leukemia for the past seven years. Professional triathletes like Sam Long, Timothy Winslow and Kelsey Withrow were also in attendance.
For more information on the Suunto Multisport Team, including a full team roster, please visit: www.suunto.com/SuuntoMultisportTeamInStGeorge
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About Suunto: Suunto was born in 1936 when Finnish orienteer and engineer Tuomas Vohlonen invented the mass production method for the liquid-filled compass. Since then, Suunto has been at the forefront of design and innovation for sports watches, dive computers and sports instruments used by adventurers all over the globe. From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Suunto physically and mentally equips outdoor adventurers to conquer new territory.
Suunto's headquarters and manufacturing plant is in Vantaa, Finland. Employing more than 400 people worldwide, Suunto products are sold in over 100 countries. The company is a subsidiary of Amer Sports Corporation along with its sister brands Salomon, Wilson, Atomic, Arc'teryx, Mavic and Precor. www.suunto.com
Suunto Contact: Emily Banks
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About Team Sports, Inc.: For more than 20 years Team Sports has been the industry leader in creating and managing cycling and multi-sport teams throughout North America. TSI works with sponsors, professional teams and athletes to ensure they are among the most successful and most recognized brand and competitors in their venue. www.teamsportsinc.com
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