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.
Tune in Sunday, April 12, 2009, as NBC showcases the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, presented by Ford, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. EDT.
Shot on location on November 8, 2008, in Clearwater, Florida, one of the world's top beach destinations, the broadcast leads viewers on a fast-paced journey consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile run. The swim takes place in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, while the bike and run portions cover the picturesque areas throughout Pinellas County as well as the beaches of Clearwater.
Watch as New Zealand's Terenzo Bozzone and U.S. athlete Joanna Zeiger claim World Championship titles. After taking first place at three 70.3 events in 2008, Bozzone battles some of the sport's bestincluding 2007 World Champion Andy Potts, Chris Legh, Oscar Galindez and Fraser Cartmellto claim his first World Championship title with a time of 3:40:10.
Zeiger, also celebrating three 70.3 wins in 2008, dominates the half-marathon and beats a competitive field consisting of 2007 World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, Erika Csomor and Becky Lavelle to finish in 4:02:49. Both Bozzone and Zeiger set world records, eclipsing 2007 course times in more than two and four minutes, respectively.
In addition to a competitive professional field, nearly 1,200 age group athletes, ranging in age from 18 to 79 years old, crossed the finish line at the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. Among them were inspirational athletes such as:
• Brian Boyle, 22, who was in a car accident that almost took his life. He died eight times on the operating table and was told he may never walk again. Boyle, a talented collegiate swimmer, recovered and went on to challenge himself by participating in the 2007 Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii. Boyle earned another World Championship finish at the 2008 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3. With a goal of returning to Kona in 2009, Boyle plans to continue participating in Ironman and 70.3 events across the country.
• Team Hoyt, a father-and-son team that has completed nearly 1,000 athletic events, including Hawaii's Ironman World Championship and the Boston Marathon, continued to inspire viewers as they cross the finish line in 8 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds.
• Ricky James, 20, who was involved in a motocross accident four years ago that left him paralyzed. After bike modifications, he has continued racing on the motocross scene. In 2008, James not only finished the Ford Ironman World Championship, but also added to his long list of accomplishments by completing the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in 5 hours, 30 minutes and 27 seconds.
Also in the spotlight are Kate Conklin and Robert MacLachlan. Conklin, 33, reaches the finish line despite her debilitating condition, Erythromelalgia. MacLachlan, 70, participates alongside his son in an effort to improve his quality of life.
For the second consecutive year, viewers will have the unique opportunity to view the 2009 Ironman Lottery winners. All 150 U.S. winners of coveted slots to the world's most challenging endurance event, the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, will be displayed at the end of the show. The sneak peek comes just days before the official announcement goes live on Ironman's website, www.ironman.com on Wednesday, April 15 at 12:00 p.m. EDT.
The NBC broadcast of the Ironman World Championship has received numerous accolades throughout the last two decades, including more than 50 Emmy nominations, 15 Emmy awards, three prestigious CINE Golden Eagle awards and five International Monitor Awards for Global Excellence.
For more information on the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, visit www.ironman.com.
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.
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.
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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.