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2019 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards Announced for IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlons

March 3, 2020

Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand and IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables d'Olonne - Vendée earn Top Honors

TAMPA, Fla. (March 3, 2020) – The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company (Nasdaq: WSG), today announced the results of its 2019 Athlete Choice Awards, releasing the Top 10 highest-scoring events in a variety of categories based solely on athlete surveys from all of the 2019 IRONMAN® and IRONMAN 70.3® races globally.

Out of the 41 IRONMAN series events that took place in 2019, Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand earned the biggest honor in Overall Satisfaction. Out of the 113 IRONMAN 70.3 series events that took place in 2019, IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables d’Olonne – Vendée took top honors in Overall Satisfaction.

Results for the 2019 Athlete Choice Awards were gathered from post event surveys sent to all athletes who competed in an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race. Surveys were based on a five-point satisfaction scale and encompassed multiple categories including: Overall Swim, Overall Bike, Overall Run, Overall Satisfaction, Overall Venue Experience, Overall Host City Experience, Overall Post-Race Celebration, Will Attend Next Year, and Will Recommend to a Friend, among others. After collecting feedback from over 60,000 total survey respondents, the winners were chosen for each category of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, marking a major accomplishment for the events and their host communities.

Some additional category winners include:

  • Will Attend Next Year
    • IRONMAN Australia
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Punta del Este
  • Overall Swim
    • IRONMAN Australia
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia
  • Overall Bike
    • IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Taupō
  • Overall Run
    • IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Vichy
  • Overall Venue Experience
    • Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie
  • Overall Host City Experience
    • Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast
  • Post-Race Celebration Experience
    • IRONMAN African Championship, South Africa
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie
  • Will Recommend to a Friend
    • IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden
    • IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City

To view the full list of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Athlete Choice Award results, please visit www.ironman.com/news_article/show/1090772

For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media related inquiries may be directed to [email protected].

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About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.