Janus Partners with Ironman(R) Triathletes to Raise $6.5 Million for Charity During 2006

Company Release - 2/20/2007 4:30 PM ET


Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced that 234 Ironman triathletes raised a total of $6.5 million for nonprofit organizations by participating in the 2006 Janus Charity Challenge.

Established in 2001, the Janus Charity Challenge encourages Ironman triathletes to raise money for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The program provides the triathletes with an online fundraising system, fundraising tips and publicity support to help them raise money. Janus makes additional donations, totaling more than $300,000 per year, to the nonprofit beneficiaries chosen by the top fundraiser at each of the seven Ironman races it sponsors.

The Janus Charity Challenge has raised approximately $18 million since the program's inception, according to Casey Cortese, Director of Corporate Sponsorships at Janus. "Ironman athletes are incredibly dedicated, so it's no surprise that they're so committed to helping people in need," Cortese said.

The program reached another important milestone in 2006 when Brad Henderson of Wexford, Penn., became the first athlete to raise more than $1 million for a single event. "The Janus Charity Challenge provides me an opportunity to turn my passion for triathlons into something that makes a positive impact in the lives of so many people," Henderson said. In the months leading up to October's Ford Ironman(R) World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, Henderson raised $1.03 million for the Leadership Foundation of America and another $100,000 for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

North America Sports, Inc. manages five Ironman(R) races affiliated with The Janus Charity Challenge. Graham Fraser, CEO of North America Sports, says the program helps participants raise the race experience to a higher level. "The Janus Charity Challenge athletes generate much-needed funds for hundreds of nonprofit organizations across the country - and we're proud to partner with Janus to make that happen," said Fraser.

    For more information, please visit www.januscharitychallenge.com.

    About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Founded in 1969, Denver-based Janus Capital Group Inc. (Janus) specializes in growth and risk-managed investment strategies. Our commitment to deliver for investors is rooted in our research-intensive approach and relentless passion to gain a competitive edge.

At the end of December 2006, Janus managed approximately $167.7 billion in assets for more than four million shareholders, clients and institutions around the world. Outside the U.S., Janus has offices in London, Milan, Tokyo and Hong Kong. Janus Capital Group consists of Janus Capital Management LLC, Enhanced Investment Technologies, LLC (INTECH), and Capital Group Partners, Inc. (doing business as Rapid Solutions Group). In addition, Janus Capital Group owns 30% of Perkins, Wolf, McDonnell and Company, LLC.

About Ironman(R)

Ironman is a Florida-based company recognized for athletic excellence, performance and quality products. The Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Event brands, in conjunction with global event organizers, now host more than 42 qualifying events worldwide. Supported by partners that include Ford Motor Company, Dell, Timex and Gatorade, Ironman is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world. Ironman has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception 28 years ago and is regarded as the world's most challenging endurance event. Each year, more than 50,000 athletes compete for slots in the Ford Ironman World Championship held every October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 held every November in Clearwater, FL.

North America Sports, Inc., based in Boulder, Colo., is the premier event license partner in North America with eight Ironman-affiliated events in the United States and Canada.

NA Sports currently hosts events in Lake Placid, New York; Panama City Beach, Florida; Penticton, British Columbia; Madison, Wisconsin; Coeur d'Alene, Idaho; Tempe, Arizona; Oceanside, California; and Walt Disney World(R) Resort, Florida.

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Contact: Janus Capital Group Inc. James Aber, 303-336-4513