Malibu Metropolis Council has awarded a race allow and contract to the Zuma Basis – with a brand new occasion, the Zuma Seashore Triathlon, changing the Malibu Triathlon and scheduled for September 14-15, 2024.
The Zuma Basis is headed up by Michael Epstein, the previous race director of the Malibu Triathlon who had beforehand bought the occasion to Motiv Sports activities. The occasion was then acquired by Tremendous League Triathlon in late 2020 to develop into Tremendous League Triathlon Malibu.
The Tremendous League Triathlon Malibu occasion ran on a mid-September weekend from 2021-23 as a part of the Tremendous League Triathlon Championship Sequence. In addition to an internet televised head-to-head for professional triathletes, the Malibu occasion additionally featured age group racing.
Throughout a collection of metropolis council conferences in current months, Tremendous League went head-to-head with Epstein over the awarding of a race allow for 2024.
Having acquired the Malibu Triathlon, Tremendous League owns the rights to the occasion model. But, with out a race allow from the town council, the Malibu Triathlon occasion seems to have ceased – a minimum of for now, with the brand new Zuma Seashore Triathlon awarded the allow this 12 months.
Tremendous League has identified that there should still be a non-compete argument to be put ahead in addition to potential mental property considerations across the race course design. Nevertheless, the ruling from Malibu Metropolis Council is a reminder for occasion organisers that securing a race allow is crucial in any merger or acquisition situation.