Aleve® joins IRONMAN `OHANA as Partner at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship

September 17, 2019

2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship set for Saturday, October 12 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i

TAMPA, Fla. / WHIPPANY, N.J. (Sept. 17, 2019) – IRONMAN®, a Wanda Sports Group company, along with Aleve®, the pain relief brand trusted by millions of Americans, is excited to announce a new partnership of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship, the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world. Aleve® will sponsor the event’s “No Pain, No Gain Mile Challenge,” in which runners who achieve the quickest time in the sponsored mile will receive a prize provided by Aleve®.

The IRONMAN World Championship is the pinnacle of endurance racing with over 95,000 athletes competing to qualify at more than 40 global IRONMAN events each year.

“It’s an exciting time for IRONMAN, and it’s a great opportunity to partner with Aleve®, a leader in this field and a brand our athletes use – whether they are professional athletes, weekend warriors or everyday enthusiasts. We are glad to welcome Aleve® to our `Ohana,” said Matthieu Van Veen, Chief Revenue Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “Whether during training or after the big event, these athletes need safe and effective solutions that allow them to address the muscle aches and joint pain that could hold them back from being their best. This is why the collaboration with Aleve for the IRONMAN World Championship is such a perfect match.”

Aleve® is a proven and trusted choice for minor back, body, and muscle aches, as well as other common types of pain with which many athletes are familiar. It lasts longer than other OTC pain relievers*, which is really important when you consider the pain associated with training and racing often lasts longer than a few hours. Aleve® is proven pain relief that lasts all daywith fewer pills*, a benefit that Lisa Tecklenburg, Bayer’s Vice President Pain/Cardio, said makes it a natural choice for active, busy adults.

“When people hear ‘IRONMAN,’ they know that it stands for overcoming obstacles to reach the pinnacle of performance,” Tecklenburg said. “Aches and pains can be obstacles as well, for all of us – whether we are athletes or work in an office chair. The team at Aleve® understands how important it is to all of us that we can perform at our highest levels. “Our partnership with IRONMAN exemplifies this spirit, and we are proud that Aleve’s® proven benefits will be highlighted as part of this iconic racing event.”

Viewers of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship can enjoy 20 hours of comprehensive live race day coverage globally via IRONMAN NOW™ on Facebook Watch –– and through regional television coverage, including NBC Sports in the United States. Last year’s IRONMAN World Championship live coverage included everything from the early-morning body marking to the final-hour finish-line celebration and saw nearly 20 million total views on Facebook Watch.

Event information for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship can be found at For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit For more details about Aleve and its full range of pain relief products, visit

*Based on minimum labeled dosing.

Each pill has the strength to last 12 hours.


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In more than 25 years over-the-counter, Aleve® has been used by millions of Americans as a safe and effective pain reliever. With the convenience of all day relief with just two pills, Aleve® can be used for the treatment of minor aches and pains due to, muscle aches, backache, headache, toothache, menstrual pain, minor arthritis pain and pain associated with the common cold. Always read and follow label instructions.

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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

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.

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