Janus Partners with Ironman(R) Triathletes to Raise $8.5 Million for Charity During 2007

Company Release - 2/27/2008 4:05 PM ET


Janus Capital Group Inc. (NYSE: JNS) today announced that the 280 Ironman triathletes who participated in the 2007 Janus Charity Challenge raised more than $8.5 million for various nonprofit organizations.

Established in 2001, the Janus Charity Challenge encourages Ironman athletes to raise money for the nonprofit organization of their choice. The program provides triathletes with a wide range of fundraising resources to help them raise money. Janus makes additional donations, totaling more than $300,000 per year, to the nonprofit beneficiaries chosen by the top 50 fundraisers at each of the seven Ironman races it sponsors.

The Janus Charity Challenge has raised approximately $26.6 million since the program's inception, according to Casey Cortese, director of Corporate Sponsorships at Janus. "During the past seven years the athletes in this program have made contributions to hundreds of charitable organizations throughout the United States, making an incredible impact on people throughout the country," said Cortese.

The top fundraiser for 2007 was Kirsten Kincade of Franklin Lakes, NJ. She raised $1.68 million for the Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research. "Janus' support and technical expertise were instrumental to my fundraising efforts," said Kincade. The Matthew Larson Foundation for Pediatric Brain Tumor Research was named in honor of Kincade's godson, who passed away in April 2007. "It is my hope that these funds will bring us closer to a cure and provide support for families in the midst of their battle against this disease," she said.

"Ironman is proud to be associated with the Janus Charity Challenge," said Ironman Corporation's President and CEO, Ben Fertic. "Janus simplifies the process, making it easier for athletes to integrate charitable work into their Ironman training programs. We look forward to their continued success as the millions of dollars raised through the program are positively affecting the lives of many."

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

    About Janus Capital Group Inc.

Founded in 1969, Denver-based Janus Capital Group Inc. (Janus) is a recognized leader of 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 2007, Janus managed approximately $206.8 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

World Triathlon Corporation, owners and organizers of Ironman, is a Florida-based company recognized for athletic excellence, performance and quality products. With the addition of the Ironman 70.3 Series, Ironman now has 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 nearly 30 years ago and is regarded as the world's most challenging endurance event. Millions may remember moments in Ironman history such as Julie Moss' crawl to the finish line in 1982, which was showcased on ABC's Wide World of Sports. Each year, more than 80,000 athletes compete for slots in the Ford Ironman World Championship held every October in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and the Ironman World Championship 70.3 held every November in Clearwater, FL. The Ironman brand has been featured in a range of media outlets to include NBC, CNN Headline News, The Wall Street Journal, People, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times and USA Today.

Source: Janus Capital Group Inc.

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