Press Release


Parsippany, NJ Jan 23, 2008 - PR Racing and Avis Rent A Car System, LLC announced today that Juan Carlos Gil and Staff Sergeant Dustin Tuller have won the 2008 Avis "We Try Harder" award in conjunction with the ING Miami Marathon. The award honors individuals who endeavor to overcome considerable obstacles through courage and extraordinary effort. A panel that included representatives from Avis and PR Racing selected the two winners. The awards will be handed out during an awards ceremony at CocoWalk on Sunday, January 27th.

Juan Carlos Gil, Miami, Fla.

Juan Carlos Gil, 25, was born in Medellin, Columbia with cerebral palsy and diagnosed with severe vision impairment. At the age of 12, he began to participate in semi-professional race venues and always finished first or second. At the age of 15, Juan Carlos participated in his first Junior National Wheelchair Championship. Juan Carlos has competed in the ING Miami Marathon twice and just competed in his first ING New York City Marathon this fall. Juan Carlos is a member of the Achilles Track Club, a national organization that helps runners with all forms of disabilities prepare to compete in running events, and is a recipient of the Achilles Endow a Chair program.

Staff Sergeant Dustin Tuller, Milton, Fla.

Staff Sergeant Dustin Tuller graduated high school in 1994, and then was shipped off to basic training at Fort Benning. His first deployment was with the 10th Mountain Division for Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. In 2003, Tuller was activated with the Florida National Guard where he was deployed to Iraq. On December 23, 2003 while on a raid, Tuller received multiple gunshots to the legs and pelvis. SSG Tuller survived those injuries, but underwent amputation of both his legs. Over the last two years he has completed several marathons. He also plays tennis, basketball, and other activities. He supports many different causes and is a motivational speaker at schools. What carries him through and pushes him forward is the hope that others benefit from his positive attitude and the challenges that he has faced. Now retired at age 31, he resides back in his small hometown in Florida, raising his four children from age eight to four.

"Avis has a long-standing commitment to making travel more accessible for everyone, as evidenced by our Avis Access program," said Becky Alseth, senior vice president of marketing for Avis Budget Group, parent of Avis. "We're proud to continue the tradition of honoring extraordinary athletes who succeed despite considerable obstacles and we congratulate Juan and Dustin on winning the 'We Try Harder' award."

In 2004, Avis introduced Avis Access, the most comprehensive suite of products in the car rental industry aimed at making travel more accessible for travelers with disabilities. Available free of charge with all Avis car rentals, Avis Access products include transfer boards, swivel seats, spinner knobs, hand-controls and panoramic mirrors. Last year, Avis also introduced a national training program to educate employees on how to recognize different types of disabilities and how best to assist these customers. Avis employees are also trained in the correct usage of terminology and language when dealing with persons that are sight or hearing impaired, speech-impaired or use wheelchairs.

Avis Access products will be on display for demonstration at the ING Miami Marathon Total Health and Fitness Expo in Booth #338. For more information or to make a reservation, call 1-888-TRY-HARD (879-4273), contact a local travel professional or visit

About Avis

Avis Rent A Car System, LLC and its subsidiaries operate one of the world's leading car rental brands, providing business and leisure customers with a wide range of services at more than 2,100 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Latin American / Caribbean region. Avis is one of the world's top brands for customer loyalty, ranking as the number one car rental company in the 2007 Brand Keys« Customer Loyalty Index. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Avis Budget Group, Inc. (NYSE: CAR). For more information, visit

About PR Racing, Inc.

PR Racing is a Miami-based health and fitness event management firm that produces the largest road race in South Florida, the ING Miami Marathon and Half Marathon«, as well as the Publix Escape to Miami Triathlon and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Running Series. PR Racing has established world class destination events that draw thousands of international participants to Miami-Dade County creating more than $86 million in positive impact on business, tourism and community wellness. PR Racing prides itself in creating opportunities for the community to live healthier and happier lives through participation in fitness events.