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Old June 20th, 2004, 07:03 AM
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Default 'Celebrity X-Men' Escape Alcatraz With $50,000 Donation

Press Release Source: Celebrity Cruises

'Celebrity X-Men' Escape Alcatraz With $50,000 Donation
Triathlon Trio of Executives Ranks 12th While Raising Funds for Cystic Fibrosis

Celebrity Cruises President and COO Jack Williams, along with Royal Celebrity Tours President Craig Milan and Assistant Treasurer Carlos Torres de Navarra - collectively known as the "Celebrity X-Men" -- finished 12th in the 24th annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon on June 6 in San Francisco, raising nearly $50,000 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).

The grueling 27.5-mile event triathlon combined a 1.5-mile swim through the frigid waters of the San Francisco Bay, an 18-mile cycling race through steep hills and winding coastal roads, and an eight-mile run through the Presidio and along Baker Beach.

Milan was the team's starter, plunging into 55-degree waters and braving strong currents. He placed in the top four percent of all competitors in the swim.

Torres de Navarra was the middleman, cycling a course marked by steep ascents and sharp turns. He ranked in the top nine percent of all competitors.

Williams completed the race, running a course through the deep sands of Baker Beach and the Sand Ladder, a 400-step incline up the side of a cliff.

Williams' participation in the triathlon follows his completion of the New York City Marathon last November, when he raised $300,000 for CFF. In January, Williams spearheaded "Shine Miami," a weekend of fundraising activities developed by Celebrity Cruises that netted more than $1 million for the foundation.

Celebrity Cruises is the industry's highest-rated premium cruise brand with a taste of luxury. The cruise line has 10 ships in its fleet, which is the youngest of any major line. Celebrity sails in the Arctic, Antarctic, Alaska, Bermuda, California, the Caribbean, Europe, the Galapagos Islands, Hawaii, the Mexican Riviera, the Panama Canal and South America. For more information, call your travel agent, dial 1-800-437-3111, or visit the Celebrity web site at www.celebrity.com.
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