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17 Year-Old Ultra Distance Triathlete Hunter Lussi Named Spokesperson for Maryland Youth Triathlon Series

Posted on May 3, 2011

Hunter Lussi, who at the age of 13 became the youngest person to complete an
ultra distance triathlon (2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run), will
make appearances and sign books at four Maryland youth triathlons this Summer
to encourage healthy lifestyle choices and promote sun-safe practices through

Westminster, MD (April 25, 2011) -- The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series
announced today that 17 year-old triathlete Hunter Lussi has been named
Series spokesperson for 2011. Lussi will encourage young children through his
personal stories of perseverance and will sign his book, America, Get Off the
Couch! at all four Maryland Youth Triathlon Series events this Summer.

The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series (MYTS), a partnership among the Frederick
“TRI-TO-WIN” Kids Triathlon (Frederick), Truxtun Youth Triathlon (Annapolis),
TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon (Columbia), and Nottingham Kids Triathlon (Mount
Airy), seeks to drive awareness of Melanoma skin cancer among adolescents and
young adults and supports the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation. Melanoma
skin cancer is the most common cancer among young adults ages 25-29 and the
second most common cancer in adolescents and young adults 15-29 years old.
The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation is a leading international voice
for melanoma prevention, detection, care and cure.

Greg Safko, President of the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation, says,
“The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series provides an ideal format to reach young
children and provide important lessons on how to stay safe while still having
fun in the sun. We are thrilled to have such a positive role model in Hunter
Lussi to help us spread our sun-safe message to thousands of children, their
siblings and parents across the state of Maryland.”

Sun-safe practices include:
• Generously applying a broad spectrum sunscreen (UVA-UVB protection) to all
exposed skin using an SPF of at least 30;
• Wearing protective clothing such as a long sleeve shirt, pants, a wide
brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV ray protection where possible;
• Seeking shade when appropriate, remembering that the sun’s rays are the
strongest between 10 am and 4 pm;
• And using extra caution near water, snow and sand as they reflect the
damaging rays of the sun which can increase your chance of sunburn.

Children are encouraged to not only practice sun-safe habits but also
participate in multiple MYTS events. All children completing at least two
MYTS events will receive a certificate of recognition from the State of
Maryland. Children completing three events will receive a Maryland Youth
Triathlon Series sun-safe hat. And, for each race a child completes he/she
will receive an entry (up to a maximum of four entries) for a chance to win
one of 10 grand prizes worth $40 at the end of the series.

The Maryland Youth Triathlon Series will kick off on May 28, 2011, with the
Frederick “TRI-TO-WIN” Kids Triathlon, in Frederick, MD. The complete race
schedule is as follows:
Frederick “TRI-TO-WIN” Kids Triathlon, May 28, 2011, Frederick, MD
Truxton Youth Triathlon, June 19, 2011, Annapolis, MD
TriColumbia Kidz Triathlon, July 24, 2011, Columbia, MD
Nottingham Kids Triathlon, August 27, 2011, Mount Airy, MD

About Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation:
The Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation focuses efforts toward: medical
research leading to a cure for melanoma; opportunities to educate the general
public on prevention and the seriousness of melanoma; and, the development of
resources for patients and the entire melanoma community. The Foundation is
very instrumental as “the voice for melanoma prevention, detection, care and

Greg Safko
Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation
255 Clifton Boulevard, Suite 203
Westminster, MD 21157
(410) 857-4890

Linda Congedo
Director of Communications
Columbia Triathlon Association
9130-G Red Branch Road
Columbia, MD 21045
(410) 964-1246

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