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Fountain Valley, Calif. (August 22, 2016) – NATHAN, the Running Essentials™ leader announced today their lineup of three elite athletes to tackle the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, one of the highest-profile trail ultramarathons in the world. NATHAN will provide hydration and other essentials for world-class ultrarunners Zach Miller, Michael Wardian and Paul Giblin.
“As Zach, Michael and Paul prepare to face the grueling high-altitude 100-mile ultramarathon, NATHAN will supply them with a variety of industry-leading, top-selling products in order to withstand the harsh elements and keep them fueled as they race towards the podium,” said Brent Hollowell, vice president of marketing for NATHAN. “We’ll provide our athletes with the best lightweight hydration and lighting solutions for use in between aid stations. The VaporAir race vest, ExoShot flask and Halo Fire headlamp are just a few of the key pieces of gear that will help give our team members the edge they need to compete.”
The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is the highlight of the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc alpine ultramarathon race series. Covering 103 miles and approximately 33,000 feet of elevation gain in France, Italy and Switzerland, the Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc is one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world. All three of NATHAN’s sponsored athletes are seasoned ultrarunners looking to make an impact in Chamonix, beginning on Friday, August 26:
- Zach Miller – A podium favorite at Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc, Miller’s young three-year career already includes a milestone, as he is the first American male to win a race in the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc series, winning the Courmayeur-Champex-Chamonix in 2015. Additional wins include the JFK 50 Miler in 2013, the Lake Sonoma 50 in 2014, and the North Face 50 Mile Championship in 2015. The Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc will be Miller’s first 100-mile race.
- Michael Wardian – A six-time winner of the National Marathon, serial competitor Wardian has competed in some of the world’s toughest, longest, and most grueling races around the globe. He previously raced at Ultra-Trail du Mont Blanc in 2014.
- Paul Giblin – Over his five-year ultrarunning career Giblin has won numerous accolades, including a win in the 2015 Javelina Jundred and a fifth-place finish at the 2016 Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run.
“Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc is perhaps the most illustrious race in ultrarunning ” said Tony Armand, CEO of United Sports Brands, parent company of NATHAN. “Supporting athletes like Zach, Michael and Paul at this year’s UTMB demonstrates our commitment to providing gear that will perform well under the toughest circumstances.”
In addition to their support of the athletes, NATHAN representatives will be in attendance at the pre-race Ultra-Trail Show & Expo (Booth #44), between Tuesday August 23 and Friday August 26. NATHAN representatives will be selling hydration products, and Miller, Wardian and Giblin will be signing limited edition NATHAN posters. Miller, Wardian and Giblin are members of NATHAN’s roster of elite endurance athletes including ultrarunning stars Rob Krar, Sage Canaday, Jim Walmsley, Stephanie Howe and Emily Harrison, and Olympian and World Champion triathlete Andy Potts.
NATHAN designs purpose-driven running essentials that help athletes at all levels run stronger and run longer. At NATHAN, we believe that if you run, then you are a runner. No matter where or why, how far or fast, NATHAN creates the market-leading hydration, visibility, and performance essentials that empower runners to go out and have their best run.
NATHAN is part of the United Sports Brands portfolio of sports performance and protective product brands including Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters, and, XO Athletic, who are owned by Bregal Partners, a private equity investment firm. For more information, visit NATHAN at www.NathanSports.com.