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FLAGSTAFF, Arizona (October 8, 2008) â€“ Kahtoola, a leader in performance footwear traction and step-in snowshoes, announce their Tour with Kahtoola for winter 2008-â€˜09. In conjunction with co-sponsors W.L. Gore & Associates and Inov-8, the Tour with Kahtoola includes seven races and demos at five alpine and Nordic locations beginning in December 2008. The Tour with Kahtoola features competitive and non-competitive snow travel activities including scenic guided hikes, foot races and children’s activities. This is the second year Kahtoola has put on a series of winter events–building on last year’s Kahtoola Snow Series, which introduced over 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts to adventuring on snow.
Kahtoola manufactures and markets the FLIGHTsystemâ„¢ and FLIGHTdeckâ„¢ TS. These products offer an entirely new way to look at snow travel by allowing users to customize their own footwear with a variety of traction and step-in snowshoe options. W.L. Gore & Associates is best known for its GORE-TEXÂ® fabric that set the standard for outerwear comfort and protection. Inov-8 manufactures lightweight footwear, socks and hydration packs for demanding outdoor pursuits.
At each event, participants will be eligible for free Kahtoola and Inov-8 product demos, race series goodie bags, and raffle prizes. In addition, a portion of event fees and proceeds will be contributed to local charities at each site.
Race/demo sites include:
December 13, 2008 â€“ Kahtoola Fun Day, Flagstaff, Arizona
January 17, 2009 – Kahtoola Snow or No, Flagstaff, Arizona
January 31, 2009 – Kahtoola Bigfoot, Midway, Utah
February 7, 2009 – Kahtoola Snowshoe the Bear, Big Bear, California
February 8, 2009 – Kahtoola Michigan Mountain Run, Brighton, Michigan
March 14, 2009 – Kahtoola Agassiz Uphill, Flagstaff, Arizona
March 21, 2009- Kahtoola Challenge up Baldy Mountain, Ketchum, ID
To find out more about each event, as well as additional venues for testing Kahtoola, go to www.kahtoola.com for details.
Kahtoola makes innovative high performance footwear traction and step-in snowshoes for everyday outdoor enthusiasts. The Kahtoola FLIGHTsystemâ„¢ and FLIGHTdeckâ„¢ TS are trend-setting products with innovative designs that offer versatile traction, protection and flotation for snow travel. Kahtoola also manufactures the Kahtoola Traction System (KTS), a lightweight, flexible strap-on crampon with clever folding design and flexible LeafSpringÂ® extender bar as well as the newly released MICROspikesâ„¢ pocket-sized traction. Located in Flagstaff, Arizona, Kahtoola distributes to over 150 retail shops nationwide. For additional information on Kahtoola, Inc., or to locate the nearest dealer, call 866-330-8030 or check their web site at www.kahtoola.com. Kahtoola means â€œdirectlyâ€ in Tibetan. Our products help get runners and hikers directly where they are going, and the Tibetan spirit guides the company’s philosophy. Kahtoola contributes 1% of its sales to help preserve indigenous mountain cultures worldwide.
About W.L. Gore and Associates
Perhaps best known for its consumer products like GORE-TEXÂ® fabric and ELIXIRÂ® guitar strings, Gore is a leading manufacturer of thousands of advanced technology products for the electronics, industrial, fabrics and medical markets. Headquartered in Newark, Delaware, the company employs approximately 8000 associates in 45 facilities throughout the world. For more information about W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. and GORE products, call 1-800-431-GORE or visit www.gore-tex.com.
Based in “England’s last Wilderness,” the North Pennines, inov-8â„¢ is a British company that is passionate about specialist off-road running products and creating the lightest weight, most flexible footwear on the market. Inov-8’s footwear philosophy is to design products around the natural function of the human body’s biomechanics. All products are extensively tested by enthusiasts and elite international athletes. Since the company’s launch in 2003, it has become one of the fastest growing off-road running brands in the United States. For more information, please visit inov-8’s website at www.inov-8.com.