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DCA ATLANTA TRIATHLON DRAWS LARGEST PRO FIELD EVER FOR A FIRST TIME EVENT

 ALPHARETTA, Ga., May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital Communications Associates Inc. (DCA) today announced 17 of the top 30 professional triathletes worldwide -- including the number 3- and 4-ranked women pros -- will compete May 23 for the $45,000 purse at the inaugural DCA Atlanta Triathlon, the nation's richest sprint distance triathl
 "We believe the DCA Atlanta Triathlon has attracted the largest professional field to compete in an inaugural event," said Triathlon Federation Executive Director Steven Locke.
 The elite women include Karen Smyers (ranked 3), Lincoln, Mass., a National Pro champion 1990-1992 and first in the St. Croix International 1993; and Donna Peters (ranked 4), Seattle, first in the 1992 Tampa Bay Triathlon and sixth in the 1992 Ironman.
 In a recent surprising upset, 26-ranked Katie Webb, Escondido, Calif., beat fourth-ranked Donna Peters. A tight race for first place in the women pro field is now expected among Smyers, Peters and Webb.
 Among the top ranked men are Ken Glah (ranked 5), West Chester, Pa., winner of the Ironman New Zealand 1992; and two-time Ironman winner Scott Tinley (ranked 15), Del Mar, Calif. Tinley is also the athlete spokesperson for the DCA A
 "We are very excited that so many top professional triathletes are participating and with over 500 total athletes registered only three weeks from race day, we are certainly expecting this to be a thrilling first-year event," said Charles G. "Garry" Betty, DCA's president and chief executive officer.
 Other top professional female triathletes include Melissa Mantak (ranked 7), Denver; Carol Roberts Montgomery (ranked 8), Del Mar, Calif.; Jan Meador Ripple (ranked 9), Baton Rouge, La.; Joan Hansen (ranked 19), Tucson, Ariz.; Heather Fuhr (ranked 24), Canada; Katie Webb (ranked 26), Escondido, Calif.; Sue Latshaw (ranked 28), Boulder, Colo.; Wendy Ingraham (ranked 29), Alamo, Calif.; and Alexandra Laws, Gold Coast, Australia.
 The top ranked men participating include Andrew MacMartin (ranked 9), Westmount, Quebec, Canada; Jimmy Riccitello (ranked 11), Tucson, Ariz.; Brett Rose (ranked 17), Laguna Beach, Calif.; Brooks Clark (ranked 24), Solana Beach, Calif.; and Todd Jacobs (ranked 23), Leucadio, Calif. Unranked pros include Brad Kearns, Auburn, Calif.; Rip Esselstyn, Austin, Texas; and Roch Frey, San Diego.
 The DCA Atlanta Triathlon debuts at Georgia's Stone Mountain Park with a purse that is second only to the Ironman in Kona, Hawaii. Distances for the sprint-format race are a half-mile swim, a 10.25-mile bike and a 3.1-mile run. In addition to the professional and age-group divisions, the DCA Atlanta Triathlon has a corporate division. The Corporate Relay, presented by BMW of North America Inc., enables companies to form three-person teams, with each person completing a leg of the triathlon. Proceeds from the entry fees will be donated to The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta Inc.
 "We are proud to be sponsor of this exciting community event and to support The Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta," said John Sparks, field marketing manager, BMW of North America.
 Pre-race day activities on Saturday, May 22, are open to the public and include a product expo with nearly 20 vendors, racing clinics and a pasta dinner. For more information or to register for the DCA Atlanta Triathlon, call 404-813-9949.
 Late registration (May 17 to May 22) entry fees for the individual division are $50 for Tri-Fed members, $55 for non Tri-Fed members and $75 for professional division Tri-Fed members. There is no late Corporate Relay registration.
 Athletes may also register in person Monday through Friday, May 17 through May 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Globemark, L.C., 3473 Satellite Blvd., Suite 115, Duluth, GA 30136, and on Saturday, May 22, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Evergreen Conference Center & Resort, Stone Mountain Park, Stone Mountain, Ga. Participants registering after May 14 will pick up their confirmation packets when they register.
 Located 30 miles north of Atlanta with offices worldwide, DCA designs, manufactures, markets and supports personal computer networking products that enhance the productivity of personal computer users everywhere.
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 /CONTACT: Meg Owens, 404-442-4521, or Bill Marks, 404-442-4520, both of Digital Communications Associates/
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