IRONMAN to leverage EarthLink technology, expertise to enhance race experience
ATLANTA, Ga./TAMPA, Fla. (Sept 22, 2015) – EarthLink Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: ELNK), a leading managed network, security and cloud solutions provider, and IRONMAN, the largest participation sports platform in the world, are proud to announce a multi-year partnership during which EarthLink will serve as the Official Technology Partner of the IRONMAN® U.S. Series. From WiFi to safeguarding payments and tracking athlete progress, IRONMAN will leverage EarthLink’s technology services and expertise to enhance the event experience for its entire community of athletes, families and spectators.
“As a longtime triathlete and IRONMAN competitor, I’m continually amazed by the commitment and passion of the IRONMAN family, and am proud that EarthLink technology will surround them on race day,” said Joseph F. Eazor, President and Chief Executive Officer, EarthLink. “Through this partnership, EarthLink will help IRONMAN boost its race experience with technologies that make the experience even more interactive, secure, and connected. I cannot wait to compete at the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon this week and kick off what I predict will be a very successful collaboration.”
As part of the partnership, EarthLink will review race experiences and work with IRONMAN to implement technology and network changes that will improve athlete tracking, event communications, and data security. The goal is to ensure that the entire IRONMAN community will benefit from these enhancements, including athletes, spectators, remotely located friends and family members, and on-site IRONMAN Village exhibitors.
“Teaming up with an industry pioneer like EarthLink who shares our passion for the sport of triathlon is a significant step in continuing our commitment to improve the technology at IRONMAN events,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “With their expertise and the innovations they provide, EarthLink will help connect our athletes and spectators and we are excited to further enhance the IRONMAN race day experience.”
EarthLink (EarthLink Holdings Corp., NASDAQ: ELNK) provides managed network, security and cloud solutions for multi-location businesses. We help thousands of specialty retailers, restaurants, financial institutions, healthcare providers, professional service firms and local governments deliver a reliable and engaging customer experience in their stores and branch offices. We do so by building and managing MPLS WAN networks, by providing virtualized infrastructure, security, hosted voice, secure WiFi andcompliance solutions, and by offering exceptional customer care. We operate a nationwide network spanning more than 28,000 fiber route miles, with 90 metro fiber rings and secure data centers that provide ubiquitous data and voice IP service coverage. Our EarthLink Carrier™ division sells facilities-based wholesale telecommunications to other providers and our award-winning Internet services connect hundreds of thousands of residential customers across the U.S. For more, visit www.earthlink.com and follow@earthlink, LinkedIn and Google+.
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. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events and five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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