SPEEDO AUTHENTIC FITNESS TO SPONSOR MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM
Posted online: Tuesday, 08 August 1995
|NEW YORK, N.Y., August 8, 1995 -- Speedo Authentic Fitness, which designs and manufactures swimwear, swim accessories and active fitness apparel under the world-famous Speedo brand name, will be a sponsor of the 14th Annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on Sunday, August 13. |
"We are very pleased to have the sponsorship of a prestigious company like Speedo Authentic Fitness. They are committed to helping us stage a world-class swimming event," said Morty Berger, executive director of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swimming Foundation.
Speedo Authentic Fitness, which markets its merchandise under the Speedo brnad name, has more than 50 retail stores nationwide and in Canada, with an additional 50 scheduled to open in 1995. Speedo, which got its beginning in Australia in the 1920s, is recognized as the top brand of competitive swimwear in the world and has sponsored winning swimmers at national, international and Olympic competitions.
The swim, also sponsored in part by the Foundation, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater Inc., the Council on the Environment for New York City, and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, will attract the best male and female marathon swimmers from the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Australia. They will race around the entire island of Manhattan for a 28.5 mile marathon course.
The swim, which will be part of a weekend water festival in lower Manhattan, will begin at 9 a.m., on the Hudson River side of Battery Park.