SOURCE: Allianz Global Assistance USA

Allianz Global Assistance USA

June 26, 2013 10:52 ET

Allianz Global Assistance USA Provides a Leg Up on Historic Adventure

Global Leader in Travel Insurance Supports Historical Run of the 2013 Tour de France

RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - June 26, 2013) -  Allianz Global Assistance USA, the leading provider of travel and specialty insurance, announced today that it is a corporate sponsor of Zoe Goes Running for World Pediatric Project.  Zoe Romano, a runner and writer from Richmond, Virginia is attempting to run the entire 2013 Tour de France course in a quest to raise money and awareness for World Pediatric Project. If she is successful, Romano will be the first person to ever run this historically challenging route. Starting in Nice, France she will cover 30-35 miles per day for nine weeks racing against time to arrive in Paris before the Tour de France cyclists. This adventure totals over 1800 miles and has an elevation equated to three Mount Everest climbs.

A long-time supporter of World Pediatric Project, an organization dedicated to ensuring children in developing countries have access to life-saving medical care, Allianz Global Assistance felt Zoe's run was the perfect example of using travel to enhance the lives of others and is providing financial support as well as travel insurance and travel assistance. To help put Zoe's attempt in perspective, if successful, she will run the equivalent of nearly 80 marathons in the nine weeks between May 18 and July 21.

"Zoe is setting out to prove that anything is possible," said Sue Farley, senior vice president of development at World Pediatric Project. "Having Allianz Global Assistance support this endeavor not only financially but through their travel insurance and assistance services lets Zoe know she's not alone during this historical run."

In fact, facing the prospect of lost luggage when she first arrived in France, Zoe quickly turned to Allianz Global Assistance for help. Due to a city-wide labor strike in Brussels which included baggage handlers, the running dynamo landed in Nice, but her luggage did not. After contacting the travel insurance provider, the company confirmed she was covered for lost or delayed baggage, allowing her to purchase necessary items before her bags finally arrived.* 

"We are proud to support Zoe in her courageous effort to be the first person to run the Tour de France while bringing the world's attention to World Pediatric Project's mission of healing children," said Mark Cipolletti, vice president of communications at Allianz Global Assistance USA. "Her belief that we can change the world if we dream big, set our minds to it, and work hard, mirrors the values of our company and our associates."

To learn more about Zoe Romano, World Pediatric Program, and the progress of the run, please visit http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com/online/zoe-goes-running/

* - Not all situations are covered. Nothing in the above text should be interpreted to suggest that any other particular situation would be covered. Coverage is subject to conditions, limitations and exclusions. For a complete description of the coverage, carefully review the terms and conditions of the certificate of insurance. Insurance coverage is underwritten by BCS Insurance Company (OH, Administrative Office: Oakbrook Terrace, Ill), rated "A-" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under BCS Form No. 52.201 series or 52.401 series, or Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A" (Excellent) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 101-C series or 101-P series, depending on the insured's state. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage because of the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company.

Allianz Global Assistance USA

Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We insure 13 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans.

In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for health insurers, property and casualty insurers, and credit card companies.

For more information about Allianz Global Assistance USA, please visit allianzassistance.com. To learn more about Allianz Travel Insurance plans, please visit allianztravelinsurance.com or Like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/AllianzTravelInsuranceUS.

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Allianz Global Assistance is an international leader in assistance, travel insurance and health, life & home care services, with operation centers in 34 countries. The company has more than 12,000 employees who speak 40 different languages and work throughout the world with a network of 400,000 service providers and 118 correspondents covering 150 countries.

Allianz

Allianz is the 25thlargest company in the world (Forbes Global 2012) and 62ndmost valuable global brand (Interbrand, 2012). Allianz has 144,000 employees worldwide and 78 million customers in more than 70 countries. In 2012, Allianz had over 106.3 billion euros in revenue and over 1.4 billion euros under management. In addition to Allianz Global Assistance, Allianz brands in the US include:

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