PITTSBURGH, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) today congratulated Dr. Joseph C. Maroon, Chairman of the GNC Medical Advisory Board, on successfully finishing his 5 th Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. The noted neurosurgeon and nutrition expert, participating in the Ironman division for 70-to-74-year-old athletes, has clearly mastered what some have called the most grueling endurance race in the world – a 2.4-mile ocean swim, biking 112 miles up and down the sides of an active volcano and then a sweltering run of 26.2 miles through a lava field – all in under 17 hours! (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20131021/NE00789 ) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130805/NE58753LOGO ) Joseph Fortunato, GNC's Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, said, "On behalf of all of us at GNC, I want to congratulate Joe for his amazing achievement. He is a profound example of what an individual can accomplish, whether in sports or in simply maintaining a healthy lifestyle, at any age. In doing so, Joe truly demonstrates the power of the Live Well message!" "Hearing the roar of the crowd upon crossing the finish line for my 5 th Ironman in Kona was an amazing experience," said Dr. Maroon. "But more important to me, both as an athlete and as an individual, was the satisfaction of knowing that my training and determination to compete at this level had paid off. I can only hope that my experience will serve as a model for others who strive every day to achieve their personal best!" Dr. Maroon is also the team neurosurgeon for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Vice Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, one of the nation's Top 10 hospitals as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, and a Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience and Professor at the Pitt School of Medicine. About GNCGNC Holdings, Inc., headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA, is a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal supplement products, sports nutrition products and diet products, and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "GNC." As of June 30, 2013, GNC has more than 8,300 locations, of which more than 6,200 retail locations are in the United States (including 969 franchise and 2,189 Rite Aid franchise store-within-a-store locations) and franchise operations in 55 countries (including distribution centers where retail sales are made). The Company – which is dedicated to helping consumers Live Well – has a diversified, multi-channel business model and derives revenue from product sales through company-owned retail stores, domestic and international franchise activities, third party contract manufacturing, e-commerce and corporate partnerships. GNC's broad and deep product mix, which is focused on high-margin, premium, value-added nutritional products, is sold under GNC proprietary brands, including Mega Men®, Ultra Mega®, Total Lean™, Pro Performance®, Pro Performance® AMP, Beyond Raw®, and under nationally recognized third party brands. Web: GNC.com l Twitter: @GNCLiveWell l Facebook: facebook.com/GNCLiveWellMedia Contact:Laura Brophylbrophy@marketcompr.com212-537-5177, Ext 2 SOURCE GNC Holdings, Inc.