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More than 1,300 to compete in Amica Ironman 70.3 RI on Sunday


LINCOLN, RI – More than 1,300 athletes, representing nearly 20 countries and 40 states, will compete in the 2011 Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island this Sunday. The fourth annual event consists of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run.

Participants – both amateurs and professionals, ranging in age from 18 to 74 – will travel from as far as Chile, the U.K., Hong Kong and Australia to compete in this unique event, which will showcase Blackstone Valley, Providence and surrounding communities. More than 100 athletes from Rhode Island are also expected to participate.

A professional field, consisting of some of the sport’s top contenders, will vie for the title. These include Viktor Zyemtsev, Tim Berkel, Philip Graves, Magali Tisseyre, Heather Jackson and Amanda Stevens. The race offers a professional prize purse of $15,000 and 50 coveted age group qualifying slots for the 2011 Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3 on Sept. 11 at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev.

Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island will use a variety of the state's scenic areas. The 1.2-mile swim will be held at Lincoln Woods. Following the swim, athletes will ride bikes 56 miles through Blackstone Valley. Athletes will begin the ride on Route 116, George Washington Highway, and head north on Route 7, Douglas Turnpike. Riders will pass through Chepachet, Clayville and Scituate before heading to Providence. Cyclists will finish at the State House and transition to the 13.1-mile run through Providence. The two-loop run course leads athletes through the East Side and downtown Providence. The race finishes on the State House lawn, with a backdrop of the State House and Providence Place Mall.

Pro athletes leading the field at the 2011 Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island are expected to finish in approximately four hours, with the men’s title winner crossing the finish line at approximately 9:50 a.m. The majority of age group athletes will finish in five to seven hours. The official cutoff for the event is 3:30 p.m. EDT, which is 8½ hours after the start of the final swim wave.

About Amica

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,100 people in 40 offices across the country.

CONTACT:Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,

Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563

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