Five Athletes Drawn to Race IRONMAN World Championship; Three Athletes Drawn to Race IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
TAMPA, Fla. (May 25, 2017) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings Company, announced today the 2017 winners of the IRONMAN® and IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship Physically Challenged Open/Exhibition Division Drawing – five athletes for the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and three athletes for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
In honor of the vision of IRONMAN co-founders, John and Judy Collins, IRONMAN is committed to providing athletes of all abilities a means of entry to its prestigious World Championship events. Through this initiative, five physically challenged athletes have been randomly chosen to race the most iconic and challenging single-day endurance event, the IRONMAN World Championship on October 14, 2017 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. In addition, three physically challenged athletes secured their entry into the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship held on September 9 and 10, 2017 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Both the IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Physically Challenged Open/Exhibition Divisions are available to athletes with a medically verified physical, visual, or neurological impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
Below is a complete list of the athletes who were drawn:
IRONMAN World Championship:
- Yannick Bourseaux (Age 42, Aubière, France)
- Bas Parinussa (Age 36, Weesp, Netherlands)
- Dan St. Pierre (Age 32, Frankfort, Illinois, United States)
- Daria Vander Veer (Age 50, Middlefield, Connecticut, United States)
- Helen Susannah Webb (Age 36, Gauteng, South Africa)
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship:
- Ulf Oesterle (Age 39, Syracuse, New York, United States)
- Tony Spineto (Age 42, Carlsbad, California, United States)
- Joaquin Carrasco Avila (Age 52, Cáceres, Spain)
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 44 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings 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). 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.
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