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PRESS RELEASE – Sea Otter creates Cyprus Youth Fund

SEA OTTER CLASSIC CREATES CYPRESS YOUTH FUNDFund Focuses on Combating Childhood ObesityMonterey, Calif. – Sea Otter Classic, LLC announced todaythe development of a philanthropic arm, the Cypress Youth Fund. The Fundfocuses on distributing funds to organizations that benefit their communitiesin the areas of Youth, Sports, Education, and Environment.“The mission of the Sea Otter Classic is to make peoples lives betterthrough participation in sport and recreation, and through celebrationof an active outdoor lifestyle”, says Frank Yohannan, President and CEOof Sea Otter Classic, LLC. Sea Otter

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Fund Focuses on Combating Childhood Obesity

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SEA OTTER CLASSIC CREATES CYPRESS YOUTH FUND
Fund Focuses on Combating Childhood ObesityMonterey, Calif. – Sea Otter Classic, LLC announced todaythe development of a philanthropic arm, the Cypress Youth Fund. The Fundfocuses on distributing funds to organizations that benefit their communitiesin the areas of Youth, Sports, Education, and Environment.“The mission of the Sea Otter Classic is to make peoples lives betterthrough participation in sport and recreation, and through celebrationof an active outdoor lifestyle”, says Frank Yohannan, President and CEOof Sea Otter Classic, LLC. Sea Otter Classic currently hosts two cyclingfestivals: the Sea Otter Classic, Monterey, California, April 14-17, 2005and the Cougar Mountain Classic, Sonoma, California, September 9-11, 2005.The Fund’s immediate focus is to combat childhood obesity.  Accordingto recent findings published in the New York Times, over 11% of childrenages 6 to 11 were overweight. This percentage is nearly double from a decadeearlier. The silent epidemic of childhood obesity is both a public healthproblem and an issue of personal responsibility. Once dismissed by themedical profession as a purely cosmetic problem, obesity now representsan ominous health threat for children and is second only to smoking asa preventable cause of death.Research indicates that the majority of children who are overweightbecome obese adults. “If we can inspire children at a young age to embracean active lifestyle and form good eating habits, just maybe the tragedyof cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, and other potentially fatalconditions can be avoided or significantly reduced,” says Yohannan. “Cycling in particular can be enjoyed as a lifelong activity that supportsa healthy lifestyle.  It’s the perfect sport for children – of allages!”Below are some of the programs hosted by Sea Otter Classic to supportthe Cypress Youth Fund:School Outreach Program – Professional athletes visit nearly 40 schools annually throughout Monterey County and the San Francisco Bay Area to promote the sport of cycling. School children are encouraged to increase theirphysical activity by participating in all types of cycling events. They’regiven tips on equipment, nutrition, and riding safety.Mountain Bike Ride Zone – One of the most popular venues for children at the Sea Otter Classic is the Ride Zone. Under the watchful eye of professional cyclists, the young riders improve their skills on jumps, berms, high-balance technical riding sections, and slalom courses.Kids Bike Rodeo – Designed especially for riders ages 12 and under, the Rodeo highlights safety and riding skills.Free Entries – All Sea Otter Classic recreational events are free to kids12 and under. The road bike tours and mountain bike tours are particularlyfamily-friendly and designed to promote a healthy lifestyle.  Thisyear 300 Junior Mountain Bike Cross Country racers will receive complimentaryrace entries courtesy of the Sea Otter Classic and the Napa Sheriff’s ActivitiesLeague.


About Sea Otter Classic, LLC Sea Otter ClassicLLC specializes in promoting outdoor sports festivals. The company’s premierproperty is the Sea Otter Classic Cycling Festival, now in its 15th year.The festival will be held April 14-17, 2005 at Laguna Seca Recreation Area,Monterey, California. The company’s newest sports festival is the 2nd annualInfineon Cougar Mountain Classic. This event, co-produced with InfineonRaceway, will be held September 9-11, 2005 at Infineon Raceway, Sonoma,California. More information can be found at www.seaotterclassic.com,or by calling (650)364-7612.