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2004 Biathlon World Cup to be topic of November 14 business breakfast at UMFK

November 7, 2003

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The Biathlon World Cup competition that will be held in Fort Kent during the first week of March will take center stage at a business networking breakfast at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 a.m. in Nowland Hall.

Max Cobb, marketing director of the United States Biathlon Association and a key organizer of this winter's event, will be the featured speaker at the breakfast gathering of St. John Valley business leaders from both sides of the border at UMFK.

Cobb, who has also served as national program director for the USBA since 1989, will speak about the impact that hosting a World Cup competition will have on the St. John Valley region, as well as discuss the latest developments and plans that are in the works for the March 1 through 6 event.

The biathlon official, who resides in Vermont, will be joined at the breakfast by several key local organizers, who have been working closely with him to coordinate details for the World Cup.

Officials expect the event, which is less than four months away, to draw upwards of 5,000 people and generate approximately $3.5 million in direct economic and spin-off revenue.

Cobb, who has been named event program manager for the March event, is responsible for managing all sport related events, programs, coaches and budgets for the USBA. He is also the team leader for World Cup and World Championship teams.

In 1992, 1994, and again in 1998, he served as manager for the U.S. biathlon team competing in the Olympics, and in 1990, 1991 and 1993, he served as chief of competition for the National Championships and team trials.

Cobb is responsible for coordinating U.S. Olympic Committee resources, grants and planning. He has served as a competition jury member for the Olympic Games, World Championships and World Cups.

He is also active in the International Biathlon Union, serving as a technical delegate.

Cobb is a 1987 graduate of Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. While at Dartmouth, he served as president of the outing club, president of the biathlon club, and on the cross country ski team for four years.

He was named the recipient of the Morrell Goldberg Prize for Leadership and Service to the College.

In addition to Cobb's presentation, culturally significant entertainment is planned for the breakfast.

The Business Networking Breakfast will feature a buffet-style breakfast. Tickets for the event are $7 (U.S. funds) and $11 (Canadian funds) and must be purchased in advance through the university's corporate relations office. A limited number are available.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Diane Nadeau-Saucier at 834-7800.