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    WHAT:     A news conference is scheduled regarding the upcoming
              1993 National City Triathlon and related race weekend
    WHEN:     TODAY, Thursday, August 5, 1993
              10 a.m.
    WHERE:    National City Headquarters, Cleveland
              1900 East Ninth Street (East Ninth and Euclid)
              Fourth Floor Annex, Auditorium
    WHO:    -- William E. MacDonald III, president, National City Bank
            -- Ann Hunter, vice president, communications, National
               City Corporation
            -- Race Director Jack Caress, president, Pacific Sports
            -- Ian Sweet, producer and host for the Eurosport broadcast
               of the National City Triathlon
    Professional Triathlete:
        --  Melissa Mantak, 31, of Denver, Colorado, finished fourth
            at the 1991 National City Triathlon and third last year.
            She was the World Cup Series champion last year and was
            named Female Triathlete of the Year by the U.S. Olympic
            Committee.  This year, she placed fifth at the Orange
            County Performing Arts Triathlon in Mission Viejo,
            California; second at St. Anthony's Triathlon in St.
            Petersburg, Florida; and took first at both the Santos
            International Triathlon, San Palo, Brazil, and the Super
            Indoor Triathlon, Bordeaux, France.  Melissa has been
            competing in the sport since 1984.
    Amateur Triathletes:
        --  Robert Borzak, 67, of North Olmsted, Ohio, won the 65-
            and-over age group at the recent Bud Light Columbus
            Triathlon.  After doing well at the National Amateur
            Championship at Leon's in Hammond, Indiana, he qualified
            for the U.S. Team to compete at the ITU World
            Championship in Manchester, England on August 22.  At
            last year's National City Triathlon, Bob won his age
            group division.  He has competed in the Chicago Sun
            Times event, placing first in 1992; he plans to compete
            this year also.
        --  Martha Marx, 32, of Cleveland Heights, Ohio was a
            triathlon neophyte at last year's National City
            Triathlon.  Her new-found love of triathlons stems from
            a bet with a coworker to beat him in a swim race--which,
            after a month of training, she did.  She hadn't ridden a
            bike in 11 years--and had to race on a borrowed touring
            bike.  She participated in six triathlons last year, and
            so far this year, she has completed four triathlons and
            one duathlon.  A single parent, Martha still finds time
            to balance work, training, and time with her eight-year-
            old daughter Irene--who will be competing in her first
            triathlon on Saturday.
        --  Missy Morlack, 29, from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, first
            got involved in the sport in 1987.  A synchronized
            swimmer in her college days, Missy was the overall
            winner at the 1989 World Championship in Avignon,
            France.  Due to a stress fracture, Missy stopped racing
            altogether for about a year, and after two years away
            from triathlons, she walked away the overall winner at
            the recent Wendy's Triathlon in Columbus.
        --  Anissa and Jamie Reynolds of Shaker Heights are two
            sisters (ages 8 and 11) who are competing for their
            second year in the Cleveland Junior Triathlon.  Anissa,
            who will be entering the third grade this fall, placed
            first in her age group last year, and Jamie, soon to be
            a sixth grader, placed second in her age group.  Anissa
            is a strong runner and has competed two years in a row
            in the Chagrin Blossom Time Run--placing first in her
            age category both years.  She was the gold medal winner
            in her age group for the 1,500 meter run at the recent
            Ohio Games.  Both girls have been members of the Shaker
            Sharks swim team since 1990 and both competed in their
            first running event that same year.
        --  Bobby Lambrix, 10, from Lakewood, Ohio, should feel
            extra safe in the water during the Cleveland Junior
            Triathlon--his mother, Pat, will be looking out for him
            and all the other participants as a lifeguard on the
            rescue team.  Pat, who has raced triathlons in her past,
            now teaches water exercises and lifeguards at area swim
            events.  She served at the Cleveland Junior Race last
            year and enjoyed it thoroughly.  This will be Bobby's
            first triathlon, but he is no stranger to competition.
            Bobby is part of a track team (the St. Luke's Crusaders)
            and has run in some road races and track meets, as well
            as the recent Ohio Games.  Bobby will be entering the
            fifth grade this fall.
    National City Volunteers:
        --  John Szucs, a Triathlon volunteer team captain, has been
            involved in many facets of the Triathlon for the past
            seven years--and currently serves as co-captain of the
            Harbor set-up team.  He and his 12-person crew will be
            at the Harbor as early as 2 am.--making sure that the
            flags and markers and banners are in place.
        --  Bob Werner and his wife Donna (who has worked for
            National City for 17 years) have volunteered for one of
            the most critical areas along the amateur race course--
            the bottom of the hill at University Circle on the cycle
            leg.  They began volunteering in 1989, the year that
            their daughter LeeAnn competed in the amateur race, and
            have asked to be placed at the same spot each year--a
            spot they describe as "six lanes and two intersections
            of traffic."  As they put it:  "Once the bikes start
            coming, you can't sneeze, blink, or stop your heart from
            pounding until the last of the cyclists comes through."
            At last year's race, LeeAnn, who is working on her
            master's degree in the sociology of sport at Bowling
            Green State University, worked for Race Director Jack
            Caress, and is helping out this year also.
    The National City Triathlon will be held Sunday, August 8, 1993, at Cleveland's North Coast Harbor.  The Triathlon comprises four events: The National City Amateur Competition, the IBM Corporate Relay Challenge, the BasiComputer Triathlon of Champions (designated the Triathlon Federation/USA National Professional Championship), and the Cleveland Junior Triathlon (to be held Saturday, August 7).
    National City Corporation is a $29 billion diversified financial services company headquartered in Cleveland.
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    CONTACT:  Sharon A. Lamcha of National City Communications, 216-575-2316.

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