MULTIPLE WORLD CHAMPION CHRIS MCCORMACK RIDES IN MEMORY OF FELLOW TRIATHLETE IN “RIDE FOR ROY” IN DUBAI

By Su
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Four-time world champion and executive chairman of Thanyapura Phuket, Chris McCormack RIdes for Roy. For hi-resolution version, click here.

PHUKET, THAILAND – Four-time triathlon world champion and executive chairman of Thanyapura Phuket, Chris McCormack, joined the “Ride for Roy” event last Friday in Dubai, a fund raising 65km bike ride to honor triathlete Roy Nasr’s memorial, starting and finishing at Atlantis, The Palm.

Nasr, a hugely popular triathlete and co-founder TriDubai, was tragically killed by a drunk driver whilst riding his bike in the early hours of Friday, 6 September, 2013.

“Roy was a legend. He was an enormously talented triathlete, but more importantly an inspirational, caring and kind man, who exuded positivity and had a huge love of life,” said McCormack.

“It was an amazing ride. 1,200 people riding through downtown Dubai with spectators lining the route screaming from the side of the road. It was really cool and a huge testament to the man to bring so many people together for an event like that,” he added.

In further support of the Roy Nasr Memorial Fund, McCormack hosted a “Thanyapura Dinner with Chris McCormack” at the Millennium Airport Hotel where triathletes spoke of their love of the sport with participants.

“I understand more than most what is needed to excel in sport,” said Thanyapura Phuket Executive Chairman and four-time triathlon world champion Chris McCormack. “That’s why I’m at Thanyapura and why my three children are here too.

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Over 1,000 riders too place in the memorial event. For hi-resolution version, click here.

Chris “Macca” McCormack is one of the greatest triathletes of all time. He’s also one of the most opinionated: someone willing to say what he thinks about his fellow competitors and the sport. Yet with all his chat, his results speak for themselves:

• Won 76% of career events
• Finished on the podium 88% of the time.
• Won 20+ races around the world since 1993
• Only person ever to be International Triathlon Union (ITU Olympic distance) + Ironman World Champion
• 12 Ironman victories, more than any other male
• Broken eight hours in Ironman distances four times (only man to break it more than twice)

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Dubai was a stunning backdrop for a memorable event as triathletes from around the world gathered to pay their respects. For hi-resolution version, click here.

McCormack recently joined Thanyapura Phuket to head its quest to become Asia’s sports training mecca with dedicated triathlete, tennis and swimming academies, manned by leading coaches.

Thanyapura also recently launched an Elite Junior Sport Academy programme complete with an internationally accredited boarding school to help youngsters reach their full sporting potential with the help of some of the world’s great coaches in residence at Thanyapura, while ensuring they receive a high standard of education.

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