IRONMAN Foundation and Paradox Sports Team Up in Boulder for Adaptive Climbing Clinic and Trail Maintenance
TAMPA, Fla. – The IRONMAN Foundation® will partner with Paradox Sports for a service project to fix erosion damage on the hiking trails of Eldorado Springs State Park followed by an adaptive rock climbing clinic. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $55,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Boulder region in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® Boulder triathlon taking place on Sunday, June 11.
“The IRONMAN Foundation has been an absolute game-changer for our organization,” said Mike Neustedter, Executive Director of Paradox Sports. “We are best known for helping people with disabilities climb America’s most iconic peaks, but multi-year support by The IRONMAN Foundation has empowered us to make our backyard in beautiful Boulder more accessible for people with disabilities. Our community has been requesting more local services for years and we are now able to lead local participants up Boulder’s famous Flatirons and host rock climbing programs in both Boulder and Eldorado Canyons thanks to the support of The IRONMAN Foundation.”
The service project on Thursday, June 8 will bring together Paradox Sports and IRONMAN athletes, D3 Multisport TriClub and volunteers, including three-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae and “Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly – both members of the IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team.
“It’s an honor and privilege to support so many Boulder community organizations and their incredible work,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we are creating a lasting and tangible impact here in Boulder. It will be a highlight to meet the Paradox Sports athletes at the service project, introduce them to our IRONMAN athletes and witness their inspiring resolve as they take on The Bastille, the park’s iconic rock climbing wall.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $525,000 in the region since the first event in Boulder. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.
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®, 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 200 events across 50 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.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN Foundation programs to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
About Paradox Sports
Paradox Sports is a non-profit organization in Boulder, Colorado that provides youth, adults and military veterans with physical disabilities the opportunity to get outside. Paradox strives to make parks and open spaces more accessible by providing adaptive rock climbing programs at iconic climbing locations across the United States. The organization also published the first ever-adaptive climbing manual and hosts adaptive climbing courses at gyms, universities and recreation centers nationwide. Through its adaptive climbing programs, participants gain the self-confidence, skills and independence to engage in the outdoors, access the beautiful places they love, and belong to a community that provides camaraderie, support and overall well-being. Learn more about Paradox Sports at www.paradoxsports.org.