PUMA Teams Up with Personal Trainer Schellenberg and “007 James Bond: Casino Royal” actor Schick to Lead the Pack

September 10, 2006

PUMA® Complete Running Faces the Mountain at the GORE-TEX Transalpine Run


Herzogenaurach, Germany, September 2006 — PUMA teams up with celebrity trainer Karsten Schellenberg and actor Clemens Schick to show what PUMA Complete Running is made of. Schick, who stars in the new ”James Bond 007: Casino Royal” to premiere across the globe this November, will run the final relay of the GORE-TEXTM Transalpine challenge together with his personal trainer, Karsten Schellenberg on September 9th from Schlanders to Latsch in Italy.

“Even though I stay in shape, I am an actor and not an athlete – but I was fascinated by the idea,” says Bond-movie-actor Clemens Schick. “It does take a certain amount of adventure spirit for a city boy like me to just go running up a mountain like that but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Karsten Schellenberg, the personal fitness trainer who has been preparing Schick for the run for five weeks is confident of success: “Due to his demanding roles as an actor, Clemens is obviously in good shape. Nonetheless this is a tough run and you need to train hard to be able to reach the top but Clemens loved the idea, worked hard for it and had the best product at his disposal”.

The expert trail run challenges participants with a distance of over 230 km and 14,000 meters of altitude and demands a lot of both product and runner. Over the span of eight days, runners not only enjoy the beauty of alpine pastures and woodland paths but also face the challenges of the Tyrolean Alps’ steep gravel trails and icy mountain ridges. As the running teams strive to the top, sudden climate and profile changes demand runners to stay focused at all times and commands the utmost flexibility of both man and material.

As official supplier of the GORE TEXTM Transalpine-Run 2006, PUMA chooses this extraordinary backdrop to demonstrate its point of difference in Running. Balancing the excellence of the performance of its Complete Running products with its lifestyle approach to running, PUMA sends celebrity duo Schellenberg and Schick out to conquer the last relay of a race that starts where the common paths end. Almost 2000 meters of altitude and a distance of close to 29 kilometers is what the duo will face on 9th of September from Schlanders to Latsch in Italy.