The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) continues its expansion of the Ironman 70.3 Series with the announcement of two additions to its 2010 event series.
The former Lone Star Half and Mooseman Half Triathlons boast new names as official Ironman 70.3 events. The races, now known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, will continue to be produced by race director Keith Jordan and Endorfun Sports and become part of a series that includes nearly 40 races worldwide.
Each Ironman 70.3 race features qualifying slots for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place each November in Clearwater, Florida.
Keith Jordan and his team at Endorfun Sports have been producing events for the last 10 years. Jordan shares his excitement, "Our goal is to offer athletes the best triathlon experience in the world. We look forward to working with the Ironman team and building upon the success of these events."
Ironman 70.3 Lone Star -- Taking place on April 25, 2010, athletes will experience historic Galveston Island, located on the Texas gulf coast. Situated among 242 lush, tropical acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will play host to the event. With amenities including a living rainforest, an IMAX 3D Theater, aquarium and four-diamond full-service resort, there is something for the entire family.
The swim will be in saltwater in the protected waters of the Offats Bayou, while the bike course will lead athletes on a flat and scenic ride along the coastline. Athletes will also see a flat run course, as it meanders through tropical gardens and towering glass pyramids.
Ironman 70.3 Mooseman -- Set in Newfound, New Hampshire on June 6, 2010, this event will be the most scenic 70.3 event in New England. The swim will utilize the pristine and fresh waters of Newfound Lake. With average water temperatures hovering around 62 degrees year-round, wetsuits will be permitted. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course that passes by the majestic Granite Ledges will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.
At both events, professional athletes will compete for a $30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top age group and pro finishers.
The addition of these events to the Ironman family builds on the acquisition earlier this year of the 5430 triathlon series. Those events, also now open for registration, include:
The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) will auction a prized slot to the Ford Ironman World Championship, organized and conducted by the World Triathlon Corporation, at a gala dinner in New York City on June 10. The winning bidder (or his/her designee) may compete in either 2009 or 2010. Proceeds from the auction will help fund specialized equipment, training and coaching for physically challenged athletes so they can participate in the sports that many able-bodied individuals take for granted.
Interested parties can bid on the coveted slot in one of two ways: In person, by buying a ticket for A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope (tickets are $500; discounts available for NY-area triathlon club members; go to http://www.heroesheartandhope.com/-- to learn more) or by downloading and completing a proxy bid form at http://www.challengedathletes.org/
http://www.challengedathletes.org/ and faxing it to 858.866.0958. Proxy bid forms will be accepted through Noon (PST) on Tuesday, June 9. The minimum opening bid for proxy bidders is $20,000 and during the live auction, bids will be made in increments of $1,000 until the bidder's maximum bid is reached. The winning bidder must have completed an Ironman 70.3 or other long distance triathlon by Oct. 1 prior to the Hawaii race date and is required to submit a completed athlete waiver to Ironman. For a complete list of auction rules, go to http://www.challengedathletes.org/.
"As we prepare for our third annual event, we recognize the importance of the event sponsors like Ironman," said Virginia Tinley, CAF's Executive Director. "The Ironman slot has always been a significant and extremely popular item in the live auction, and has raised many thousands of dollars to support the important mission of the Challenged Athletes Foundation."
Held at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel, A Celebration of Heroes, Heart and Hope will feature challenged athlete "stars," celebrities, and notable New Yorkers. Funds raised at the event will help challenged athletes overcome the economic roadblocks to participation in sports and live life to the fullest. This year's gala will honor Mark Holowesko, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Holowesko Partners Ltd. for his leadership, contributions and athletic success.
About Challenged Athletes Foundation
Since 1994, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) has raised more than $21 million and satisfied more than 4,000 funding requests from challenged athletes around the world via its Access for Athletes program. CAF provide funding directly to physically challenged individuals for the acquisition of adaptive sports equipment like sports wheelchairs, mono-skis, tandem bicycles, handcycles and sports prosthetics. Additionally CAF provides funds to entry- and elite-level athletes for training and competition expenses. Through its other programs - Catch a Rising Star (mentoring and introduction to sports), Operation Rebound (for U.S. military personnel and first responders injured while serving) and Reach High (community outreach), the organization reaches an additional 65,000 individuals per year. In 2009, CAF distributed more than $1.36 million in funding to 765 individuals in 49 U.S. states and 25 countries. To learn more, log on to http://www.challengedathletes.org/ or call 858-866-0959.
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.
For a seventh consecutive year, World Triathlon Corporation will conduct its annual Ironman auction with eBay, designed to benefit a variety of charitable organizations worldwide. The Ironman Foundation has raised more than $2,500,000 through the initiative since its inception in 2003.
This year's auction will include four slots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship taking place on October 10 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The auction will begin on Sunday, April 19 and will incorporate four phases with one slot available per week. The minimum bid for slots to the event will begin at $10,000.In 2008, Ironman recognized a multitude of groups that lent their support in each of the event market in addition to those organizations located in the two World Championship host cities. For example, a donation of $50,000 was extended to Clearwater for Youth (CFY), an organization that celebrated 40 years of service last year. With a mission of building character through sports, CFY provides support to area youth programs and participants in need, allowing children from all levels of society to play and learn together.
Grants and donations were also made to the West Hawaii chapters of the following national organizations: The Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics, among others. Additionally, more than $40,000 in cash and supplies will be provided to The Hospice of Kona, PATH (Peoples Advocacy for Trails Hawaii) and Kamakana Children's Playground in Kailua-Kona. Details on the organizations are below:
The Hospice of Kona will receive gear and apparel for Camp Erin, a bereavement retreat for children who have lost a parent or sibling.
PATH, striving to promote active living in a healthy community, will be acquiring a cargo van for use with camps and clinics that promote a bicycle education program to local families.
Kamakana Children's Playground, located at Higashihara Park was created in 1997 and is in desperate need of repair. The children's area is now being refurbished and will include 2,200 sq. ft. playground.
In addition to the opportunity to compete at the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship, winners will also receive private athlete registration in Kona and four VIP packages, including race-day passes and invitations to race-week functions. Funding for the eBay auction does not have to be generated through one source, as fundraising efforts are acceptable. According to World Triathlon Corporation's President and CEO, Ben Fertic, all funds are tax-deductible and all proceeds go to The Ironman Foundation, which will in turn make donations to the organizations. Ironman covers all administrative costs to ensure all monies raised will directly benefit the selected charities.To place a bid in this year's auction beginning on April 19, 2009, visit www.ironman.com . All athlete inquiries can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
At this year's Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman 70.3 Florida, Ironman 70.3 Hawaii and Ironman 70.3 Boise there will be 25 entries available to participating athletes for Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Subaru Ironman Canada, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman Wisconsin, Ford Ironman Florida and Ford Ironman Arizona.
Additionally, each of the events will encompass 50 entry slots for the 2009 Ford Ironman Lake Placid. Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island will have the same number of entry slots to all events except Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene.
Ironman Community Foundation Slots are available for all Ironman events in the U.S. and Canada. The number of remaining slots can be found on the Community Fund homepage .
Funds raised from Ironman Community Foundation Slots are directed to The Ironman Foundation, offering contributions to local and national organizations. Since its inception in 2001, The Ironman Foundation has distributed more than $3.5 million to community groups and various non-profit organizations.
World Triathlon Corporation will implement a new finish line policy for all domestic Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. Beginning with Ironman 70.3 California (April 4, 2009), friends and/or family members will no longer be permitted to cross the finish line or enter the finish chute with participating athletes.
"Safety is paramount at all Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events. Allowing non-participants to cross the finish line compromises event security, serves as a distraction to other finishers and disrupts our secure finish line operations. Family and friends are encouraged to reunite with their athlete in the photo/post-race area just beyond the finish line," said Steve Meckfessel, Ironman's Chief Operating Officer.
In response to ongoing athlete feedback, Ironman has chosen to adopt this policy to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and fans. As with other sporting events, Ironman strives to provide a competitive and memorable event, one that allows all parties to enjoy the entire Ironman Experience.
This policy will allow each competitor adequate time to celebrate their accomplishment without interfering with other finishers. Athletes who choose not to respect the new policy will receive an automatic disqualification (DQ).
March 3, 2009 (Tampa, FL) -- World Triathlon Corporation, owner of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 brands, announces the launch of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC).
The program targets top-level executives and provides its members with the opportunity to compete at the following sold-out events in 2009: Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene, Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman Germany, Ford Ironman Lake Placid, Ford Ironman Louisville, Ford Ironman World Championship (by qualification only) and Ford Ironman Arizona.
The mission of the Ironman Executive Challenge (XC) is to provide the ultimate Ironman experience for the world's top business leaders. This exclusive, member's-only program offers privileges such as guaranteed entry into select Ironman events, VIP treatment for athletes and their families, first-class accommodations, personalized coaching, interaction with Ironman icons and much more. Members of Ironman XC will also have the opportunity to win multiple coveted slots to the renowned Ford Ironman World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
"We are pleased to announce this new program, one that showcases the synergies of today's most passionate business leaders and the unique qualities of Ironman. We look forward to providing a group of select athletes with a one-of-a-kind experience, while allowing them with the opportunity to compete among their peers at the world's most challenging endurance event," said Ironman Executive Challenge Director, Troy Ford.
To kick-off the program's inaugural year, all participating members of Ironman XC will be eligible for the Kona Personal Record (PR) Challenge. One Ford Ironman World Championship slot will be awarded at each event to the athlete who has most significantly improved his or her PR time.
Additionally, Ironman will establish customized age divisions at each event to determine distribution of Ford Ironman World Championship slots. Every group will be allocated with one World Championship slot and it will be awarded to the winner of each age group. If a particular age group exceeds five XC Series participants, an additional slot will be added, totaling two for that group, and a second slot will be awarded to the second place finisher within that age group. Each event within the XC Series will award a minimum of two Ford Ironman World Championship slots (in addition to the Kona PR Challenge slot).
XC Series' athletes awarded a Ford Ironman World Championship slot through standard qualifying procedures are ineligible for the aforementioned programs. World Championship slots are non-transferable and may not be deferred to another year. Athletes who are awarded slots to Kona must participate in the XC Series' Ford Ironman World Championship package and compete for title of Ironman XC Series' Athlete of the Year.
Lance Armstrong makes his return to road cycling next week at Australia's Tour Down Under. And for the first time ever, American cycling fans can watch it on Versus . Coverage will be seen in half-hour segments from January 18 to 24, and an hour-long presentation will air on Sunday, Jan. 25.
For triathletes, the XTERRA USA and World Championships have been airing in local markets and will continue for the next several days. Check the complete broadcast schedule to find out when you can see it.
Due to the tremendous growth of onsite registration, North America Sports will be implementing new onsite registration procedures. These new procedures will launch at Ford Ironman Florida and will be as follows:
Laptop computers will be used by our volunteers to take the prospective athlete's contact and credit card information on-site. The volunteer will enter in the prospective athlete's information directly into Active. They will then get the athlete's credit card information and charge them the race entry fee.
The prospective athlete will receive a copy of the form they filled out as a receipt, which will outline when and how to complete the registration process. They will also receive a reminder via email.
After receiving the confirmation email the athlete will have a spot reserved for them in the event. However, the participant will still need to go back to Active.com during a specified time frame to complete their online registration. Any athlete that does not follow this procedure will not be considered registered for the event.
The athlete will follow the same online procedure as before. They will access the Ford Ironman Florida event via a specific registration link, select their name from the athlete drop-down bar and enter in their unique password. However, the online entry will not have a payment associated with it as they have already paid the entry fee.
The athlete will receive a set amount of time (one to two weeks) to let them complete the registration.
This system will ensure fairness to all athletes wishing to sign up for NA Sports races. Under the previous system a number of certificates distributed at on-site registration were not redeemed and this created a situation requiring NA Sports to reopen on-line entries. People who attempted to enter on-line immediately after it opened and were closed out may not be aware of the additional spots available at a later date. This should no longer be the case going forward.
This new procedure allows the prospective athlete's information to be put directly into the Active.com database so that it is accurate and has no chance of getting misplaced. It may take a little longer in the beginning so we ask that you be patient with our volunteers and staff.
Active's 2007 Ironman World Championship special section is alive and kickin'! We're going to be updating daily with training tips, feature stories, blogs and video--taking you all the way through the midnight cut-off time on Saturday, the 13th.
Right now, you can check out:
Active Expert Gale Bernhardt's guide to training for your first Ironman. Her 13-week program is tailored to triathletes looking to step up to long-distance racing.
The Triathlon One O One series, which began this past May in Bradenton, Florida, has been canceled. Their website, www.trioneoone.com shows only the following text:
Billed on its website as "bringing a new brand of world class long-distance racing to the multisport world," the series sought to fill the gap between the Ironman and half-Iron distances. Each race offered a $50,000 prize purse, with $10,000 going to the first place finisher in each gender. The series finale in The Woodlands, Texaspreviously scheduled for Novemberwas offering a $150,000 purse.
No other information on why the series ended was readily available. The site had previously postponed a race in Halifax, originally scheduled for this September. The announcement on the website read:
"IMPORTANT: Triathlon One O One regrets that this year's Triathlon One O One Halifax event has been postponed until August 31st, 2008. The reason for the postponement is due to a recent resignation by our local race management company several days ago."
Whether the series is truly canceled or just on hiatus is still to be determined. The news does raise a few questions, however: Can a series of national long-distance races not under the Ironman umbrella compete with the globally-recognized brand? Are triathletes, both professionals and age-groupers alike, more likely to sign up for a race because of potential prize money or because of other factors that characterize a race?
While the initial Bradenton race was met with good reviews, the problems that plagued Tri One O One may suggest that a national series of races might be better served by starting off small as it cultivates regulars and grows within the triathlon community rather than exploding on the scene before bonking halfway through the season.
The Life Time Fitness Triathlon Series is more a collective of nationally prominent Olympic-distance races than a schedule of races born of one company. But for long-distance tri's, one has few choices outside of Ironman sponsored races. The question remains, does this benefit the sport?