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Brand launches nationwide team member physical wellbeing challenge, ‘Let’s Tri Together’ 

DALLAS, Feb. 16, 2016 – Chili’s® Grill & Bar, often recognized for providing a great work environment, is going the extra mile this year to help team members nationwide meet their physical wellbeing goals by launching a new internal program – Let’s Tri Together. To kickoff this initiative, Chili’s is sponsoring seven-time IRONMAN® champion Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald. The triathlete will join Wyman Roberts, CEO and President of Brinker International, to personally motivate team members throughout their fitness journey this year.

Team members will use a social exercise app to stay connected, communicate, track progress and get tips from Chris and Wyman. As part of the year-long challenge, the Chili’s team will participate in local races and workout sessions.

“Wellbeing is a key part of our Chili’s culture and Let’s Tri Together is a way to inspire and motivate team members to reach their goals while providing a network of support along the way,” said Wyman Roberts, CEO and President of Brinker International and President of Chili’s Grill & Bar. “Chris McDonald was handpicked for this initiative because his incredible personal story of how he overcame his weight issues touches and inspires people regardless of where they are in their wellbeing journey.”

Chris is known as “Big Sexy” in the triathlon community because he went from being an overweight baker to a professional triathlete. To date, Chris has competed in 48 IRONMANs and took home the top prize in seven of those races.

“I’m excited to work with such an amazing group across the nation,” said Chris McDonald, founder of Big Sexy Racing. “The opportunity to play a part in someone else’s journey is what motivates me and I’m honored I get to share my story and tips to help ChiliHeads achieve their 2016 goals.”


About Chili’s Grill & Bar

Chili’s® Grill & Bar is the flagship brand of Dallas-based Brinker International, Inc. (NYSE: EAT), a recognized leader in casual dining. Chili’s offers a variety of Fresh Tex™ and Fresh Mex favorites at more than 1,550 locations in 31 countries and two territories. In addition to Chili’s, Brinker owns and operates Maggiano’s Little Italy®. For more information, visit chilis.com 

About Chris McDonald

Big Sexy Racing is the highly successful age group triathlon team managed by professional triathlete and seven-time IRONMAN® champion Chris “Big Sexy” McDonald, an Australian native, and his wife Erika.  McDonald is a father of three young children whose focus on healthy living and nutrition has taken him to top levels in the sport. The race team, which was ranked #1 in 2015 IRONMAN Division II global rankings, consists of 220 amateur triathletes competing around the world at every distance. Athletes apply each season for a spot on the team and are selected based on their commitment, sportsmanship and passion for the sport.

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Bobbe Greenberg

Chili's
"Who doesn't love Chili's? With irresistible margaritas, it's always a party! Food is delicious with amazing healthy and nutritious options. That it's a fantastic value, makes this a great family option."

Michael Gutierrez

Big Sexy Racing and sponsors
"This is my second year with Big Sexy Racing and it's been the best decision I've made . The support from this team and sponsors is AMAZING ! I recently purchased a PR FIVE from Quintana Roo and the support has been great from day one . I've have used Chilis , Rubys Lube , PHD nutrition , Zeal , Newton , Reynolds wheels products and services . They have gone above and beyond to help me out with anything I need . One more sponsor that I would like to thank is Big Sexy Gear for creating our awesome Performance apperal !

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Paul Morrison

Big Sexy Racing/Sponsors
"2016 has been my first season as part of the Big Sexy team/family, and all I can say is that it has been an amazing experience, far exceeding my expectations. Even though I have not personally met many members of this team, I consider them friends and I am proud to toe the line with each and every one of them. Led by Chris McDonald, the Big Sexy himself, who provides us with great expertise and leads by his wonderful example of what it means to give everything to both your racing and your family. Erika is the glue that holds everything together, and I don't think you could find a kinder, more patient human being on the planet!

I have been working with BSRx3 Coaching this season, and have been very pleased with the results thus far! I finally have more structure to my training and the coaches are always happy to dole out advice and personalize the plan to fit my schedule and goals. I'm very excited to see what next season holds after I've had a full year of working under their tutelage!

The support we get from our sponsors is 2nd to none, and it's honestly not even close. Not a single one of us would openly support a product that we wouldn't use ourselves, and that just isn't an issue with the sponsors we have! The products they put out are amazing, and the customer service they provide is the best in the business! Newton Running, Blue Seventy, Ruby's Lube, PhD Nutrition, Chili's, Beet Performer, ICE Friction, Power Tap, K2 Coolers, Ogio, KASK helmets, NormaTec Recovery, Finis, Ashworth Awards, Bonk Breaker, Reynolds… and I'm sure I'm forgetting a few, which I apologize for, but the list goes on and they are all amazing! Using their products this year, combined with the level of customer support they have provided when choosing which products to use and how to best use them, has made me a customer for life! Thank you to Big Sexy Racing and all our sponsors for making 2016 my best season yet, and I am confident that 2017 will be even better!!"

Christopher Whelchel

Big Sexy Racing Sponsors
"SO many wonderful backers, I think I may run out of space!

I'll never forget my biggest race to date and although it was in 2015, Blue Seventy was there to help then as they are now. I needed a suit as my previous brands had caused some issues and ahead of me was Ultraman Canada, with a 10K swim. Blue Seventy stepped up to the plate and overnighted me a sleeveless suit that is now my favorite one for all races! Amazing customer service and products.

PhD nutrition has been my sole source of hydration and nutrition during back to back Ironmans, ultramans, century road rides and everything in between. Solid products, great service and a huge factor in my abilities.

Reynolds Wheels... you almost don't need an introduction. They speak for themselves... fast, dependable and again, wonderful service. I've tried many brands on the market and I LOVE how these perform!

Ruby's lube... you guys ROCK. Thousands of miles in the saddle and zero complaints from "down below." Riding in comfort is a huge deal and I know I couldn't hammer out the miles without your product on board.

Cobb Cycling... between you and Ruby's Lube, it's a match made in heaven. My four steeds rock Cobb Saddles and I can't imagine riding anything else. I'm a customer for life.

Ashworth Awards. I'm always excited to see what you guys are coming up with next! Constantly impressed by your designs and it makes each race even more memorable. Keep up the fantastic work!

Normatec... oh how I love seeing the booth at expos! Yes, I will visit sometimes three times as I prep for a big day and envy my teammates that own a set. Maybe I'll be an owner soon but in the meantime, I'll just sincerely appreciate the sessions.

Finis, you make some wonderful products that I enjoy using in the pool. Very creative, plenty of options and all designed to improve technique and speed. I'm a slow swimmer, but you guys have directly helped my efficiency.

Bonk Breaker. You're with me at every IM, hands down. Thanks for keeping me going and producing top-notch products.

Chilis. Let's just say that when I see one, I go. Excellent company, excellent food and a mission that is awesome. Lets Tri Together!

I know I'm missing some and to all the rest, thank you for helping us become one of the most respected, hardest working and amazing team on the planet! YOU are what drives us and allows us to reach our goals!"

Ben Miller

Chili's
"I have to admit I quit going to Chili's many years ago. We had a team dinner there last year and I was completely blown away. Great atmosphere, family friendly and a huge list of favorite meals plus actual meals for athletes that are required to fuel properly. It has become a staple for my family and we are so happy to have a new go-to place with healthy options!"

Aaron Raymond Marjala

"As a second year BSR team member I have had the oppratunity to race 5 Ironman races under the BSR flag. Being part of BSR brings along a true committed team of people spread out across the world. I have made lifelong friendships through BSR and everywhere I travel my team is there when I need them the most. It has been an honor to be a member of BSR and cherish the friendships I have made.

That being said, without a doubt, our sponsors ROCK! I believe I am the record holder for beet juice (Beet Perfomer) consumption during training as well as on race morning. Newton running took me from being sidelined with sciatica to Bostan qualifying. Ruby's is my go to lube and even learned if you out a dab on your eyebrows, the sweat from your helmet will roll off your face and not onto your glasses! Chili's came onboard this year and all I can say is "WoW, crazy BSR support. With their healthy athletic supported new menu items we book a table the night before every race. Sponsor or not, if 25 triathletes are going to dine at a restaurant 12 hours before a 140.6 mile race, that is a true testament to quality and belief in a company.

Those are just a few examples of how our sponsored companies are improving the sport of Triathlon.

Cheers, and I'll see you out on the course! "

Melinda Oldroyd

Big Sexy Racing
"This is my first year on the BSR team and it has been fantastic! The sponsors are all wonderful and take great care of us as athletes. Ranging from meals at Chilis, saddles from Cobb, data from PowerTap to the awesome bikes from Quintana Roo, they've treated me like a professional triathlete!

The team itself is made up of some of the best people around the world. We come from different ages, experiences and abilities; but we treat each other as family. Other then my local tri group, I've never felt so accepted, inspired or laughed so much. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of such a wonderful team!! "

Shauna Hall

Big Sexy Racing
"BSR has been an amazing experience! Not only do I feel like a pro, I'm treated like one every where I go! This team is so well known and its accomplishments.

I've improved tremendously with Karleen Dirmantas as my coach. She knows more about coaching than I've ever experienced. I'm becoming the triathlete I've always wanted to be and will get there in time following her lead. She understands the science behind the body's ability and how to and when to push it to its limits plus when and how to pull it back for recovery. Just when I think I understand what she's doing she throws a curve that happily boggles my mind and I see how strong I've become. I smile more now with training because I trust her 100%. If you follow Big Sexy Racing Coaches you will SUCCEED!!

The sponsors have been over the top! PHD has saved me from getting depleted of what I need to perform and a sick stomach. I've been a regular at Chilis using all my reward points to provide me with yummy dinners. Fuel Belt keeps me hydrated, Rudy Project sports me with a mean machine aero helmet while Rubys Lube keeps the chafing at a 0. I'm swimming a smooth swim with Blue Seventy speed suit and their Tri bag is the one and only way to travel to swim practice with all my equipment finally not jammed. Ogio rocks my race Tri bag and travel in style! Sponsors spoil us !!

Chris and Erika run a professional style team and keep amazing me at how much they spoil us! I can't see my racing days ever without Big Sexy Racing! As long as I can race, I want to race BSR and BSRX3 style!!"

Terry Wilson

All Sponsors
"Prior to becoming a member, I always used the products such as Chili's, K2 Coolers, and Ruby's Lube. Now I promote them even more. The products are something to believe in. I have two sets of Reynolds wheels. K2 Coolers is a small company that has a product to believe in. Precision Bikes has Mark Miller which is just a great person and professional bike fitter. He doesn't sell bikes, he sells happiness on the bike. Normatec Boots make my recovery game so much sharper in contrast to when I don't use them. I use my Finis swim gear every single time when I hit the pool. I mean after all they are the number one swim gear manufacturer. I have a Cobb Fifty-Five saddle, I never knew what it was like to truly enjoy riding on a bike until I got that saddle. It doesn't hurt, it doesn't make me sore or anything. Ruby's Lube is the only anti-chafe cream on the market that you do not have to reapply after hours of use and get this, you can actually pronounce everything in it. I support all of these sponsors weekly through social media posts. I look forward to many years ahead with this team. I feel like the sponsors believe in the athletes just as much as the athletes believe in their products. I know I have been lifted to a new level while using all of the sponsored products. After all, we are all chasing after that Medal by Ashworth Awards! "

Jason Madaus

All the Team AND ALL sponsors
"This is my first year on Big Sexy Racing and it has been the absolute best experience I have had, and actually surpassed what I was thinking it would bring.

This team has been more than a team to me, it has become like another family of mine. From Chris and Erika being there and doing so much for all of us, to everyone on the team being so supportive and encouraging about every aspect of life from training, to racing and even to any other life item that may be going on.

On top of that we have some of the absolute best sponsors to help us achieve all of our goals as individuals and a team! These sponsors such as Chili's, PhD Nutrition, Reynolds Wheels, Power Tap, Ruby's Lube, Newton Running, Ashworth Awards, Epoch Universal, Ice Friction, Kask Helmets, Beet Performer, NormaTec and so many more have been there for myself and the entire team daily with information, support and GREAT products!!!! Without all of these sponsors and more (sorry for not getting each listed, all mean a ton), the goals and accomplishments of our team would be harder to reach each day and each race!!!!

Thank you all for the best race year I could have ever imagined, actually surpassing my original thoughts.

I look forward to continue to represent the team and ALL sponsors the best I possibly can!!!"

Chad Bunting

Big Sexy Racing Sponsors
"Without a doubt, BSR has the best sponsors an athlete could ever ask for. Every sponsor that I have worked with has had unbelievable customer service and outstanding products. PhD Nutrition has filled the missing link in my race plans by providing amazing products AND incredible advice and support. Cobb Cycling along with Ruby's Lube keeps my most important "parts" comfortable and happy and I will never ride another saddle or slather another cream. Powertap allows me to make huge gains in my cycling and Normatec Recovery boots are the best thing since sliced bread! Everyone comments about how awesome my Ogio bags are and I can't stop eating at Chili's. Thank you Reynolds for sexy wheels and Ashworth Awards for awesome bling. Love this team and ALL of it's sponsors. THANK YOU!!!"
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