Event to take place on December 5th at The Times Center in New York City with proceeds going to support The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 2, 2016) — On Monday, December 5, 2016, IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation will host an “Evening of Champions and Inspiration” at the IRONMAN® World Championship Broadcast Premiere presented by UnitedHealthcare, taking place at The Times Center in New York City. Mike Reilly, known as “The Voice of IRONMAN”, will host the evening’s affair and introduce guests to the magic of Kona and the IRONMAN World Championship, which took place on October 8 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
The red-carpet gala will feature a screening of the annual NBC broadcast that captures the fierce competition and compelling storylines of the IRONMAN World Championship. Event attendees will get a first look at the NBC broadcast special before it airs on December 10th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (check local listings for time and channel).
The event will also include food and cocktails and a meet-and-greet with inspirational age-group athletes as well as current and former professional athletes, including special guest and six-time IRONMAN World Champion Mark Allen. Following the screening, an athlete Q&A panel will be moderated by renowned sports commentator and long-time narrator of the NBC Show, Al Trautwig.
“This marks the fourth-straight year that we have previewed the IRONMAN World Championship NBC special in New York City. The broadcast, which celebrates its 35th anniversary, has always been an integral window into the ‘ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE’ mantra that makes IRONMAN so extraordinary,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer for IRONMAN. “Every year this event has grown bigger and we are excited to bring it to another level this year with proceeds benefiting The IRONMAN Foundation.”
The IRONMAN Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the IRONMAN organization, has provided more than $46 million in support since inception. Proceeds from the evening will go to benefit The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund, which provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in race communities where IRONMAN events are held. In addition to the funds raised from the event’s ticket sales, The Foundation will also auction off several items including this year’s IRONMAN World Championship finish line tapes as well as race packages with entries for the coveted 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.
“The IRONMAN Foundation is honored to benefit from this event, which exemplifies excellence and inspiration in the sport of triathlon. Funds raised will allow us to continue making a difference in the communities where IRONMAN events are held across the world,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation.
For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/konapremiere/. For more information on IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org. For media related inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 260 events across 42 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation® has made philanthropic contributions totaling more than $46 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide. The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is: To leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profit organizations around the world. The IRONMAN Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3). For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of Oahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i where it continues to take place to this day. The race sees over 2,300 athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of over 40 global events with athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots.
About Wanda Sports Holding
Wanda Sports Holding is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Led by President & CEO Philippe Blatter, Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.