Skechers Becomes New Title Sponsor Of Los Angeles Marathon
August 27, 2015
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – LA MARATHON LLC and Skechers Performance, which is a division of Skechers USA, Inc. (NYSE:SKX), today announced a multi-year partnership, with Skechers Performance becoming the official title sponsor of the Los Angeles Marathon. The two Los Angeles-based companies have teamed up for the city’s biggest running event, now the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, which will be held on Sunday, February 14, 2016. Registration for the race will open on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.
As title sponsor of the race, Skechers Performance will have a prominent presence at all marathon week activities including the Los Angeles Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, where Skechers Performance will sell official race merchandise featuring the newly created Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon event logo. Additionally, Skechers Performance will outfit course volunteers and staff, and provide finishers’ shirts for all runners. Comprehensive and integrated Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon marketing and communications initiatives leading up to and during the race will include the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon website (lamarathon.com) and app.
“Partnering with the Los Angeles Marathon is a strategic step forward for our company and the Performance Division,” said Michael Greenberg, president of SKECHERS. “As a Los Angeles-based business, we have always wanted to be a part of this iconic race since we began developing our performance footwear division and we could not be more thrilled to join the Los Angeles Marathon as title sponsor.”
“Much like the City of Los Angeles itself, Skechers is an iconic, global, and stylish brand and we are extremely pleased toannounce this new partnership on the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon,” said Tracey Russell, Chief Executive of LA MARATHON LLC. “Skechers has achieved prominence across the global endurance sports market and we look forward to delivering a world-class marathon experience together here in Los Angeles and to collaborating on exciting new initiatives across the U.S. and around the world.”
The Skechers Performance title sponsorship comes on the heels of the historic 30th edition Los Angeles Marathon in 2015. Not only did registration sell out for the third straight year, but the race also played host to the 2015 USA Track & Field Marathon Championships, where top American elite athletes vied for a record prize purse of $150,000. The iconic “Stadium to the Sea” course continues to surge in popularity both nationally and internationally, attracting runners from all 50 states and more than 55 countries all over the world, bringing the race to prominence as one of the five largest marathons in the U.S. and one of the 10 largest worldwide.
The title sponsorship of the Los Angeles Marathon builds upon Skechers Performance’s U.S. marathon portfolio. Currently, the brand serves as the official footwear and apparel sponsor for the Chevron Houston Marathon and sponsors elite marathon runners Meb Keflezighi and Kara Goucher. Meb has raced in several high-profile events wearing Skechers Performance footwear, including his monumental win at the 2014 Boston Marathon racing in his namesake shoe, the Skechers GOmeb Speed 3. Next year, Meb will compete in Los Angeles wearing the new Skechers GOmeb Speed 3 – 2016 at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon on Saturday, February 13, 2016, the day before the Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon.
For more information on the 2016 Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon, please visit www.lamarathon.com. For additional information on Skechers Performance, please visit www.GOskechers.com or follow the brand on Facebook (facebook.com/SkechersPerformance), Twitter (twitter.com/skechersGO) and Instagram (instagram.com/skechersperformance).
About LA MARATHON LLC
LA MARATHON LLC, a subsidiary of McCourt Global, creates world-class experiences that ignite passion in athletes and connect communities through the transformative power of sport. The Skechers Performance Los Angeles Marathon is among the largest marathons in the country with more than 26,000 participants, thousands of volunteers and hundreds of thousands of spectators. The “Stadium to the Sea” course, starting at Dodger Stadium and finishing near the Santa Monica Pier, is one of the most scenic in the world, taking runners on a tour of Los Angeles past every major landmark. LA MARATHON LLC will host the 2016 Olympic Team Trials for Men’s and Women’s Marathon, awarded by USA Track & Field and the United States Olympic Committee, which will take place in Los Angeles February 13, 2016. For more information, please visit www.lamarathon.com.
About SKECHERS USA, Inc.
SKECHERS USA, Inc., based in Manhattan Beach, California, designs, develops and markets a diverse range of lifestyle footwear for men, women and children, as well as performance footwear for men and women. Skechers footwear is available in the United States and over 120 countries and territories worldwide via department and specialty stores, more than 1,050 Skechers retail stores, and Skechers’ e-commerce website. Skechers manages its international business through a network of global distributors, joint venture partners in Asia, and 12 wholly-owned subsidiaries in Brazil, Canada, Chile, Japan and throughout Europe. For more information, please visit skechers.com and follow us on Facebook (facebook.com/SKECHERS) and Twitter (twitter.com/SKECHERSUSA).
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