Over $140,000 in charitable giveback to be distributed in conjunction with IRONMAN Florida triathlon
TAMPA, Fla. – The IRONMAN Foundation®, HOKA ONE ONE, and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation have teamed up with a Humanitarian Relief Effort in response to Hurricane Michael in Panama City Beach and Bay County, Florida. As part of the humanitarian relief effort, the IRONMAN Foundation will match up to $100,000 in donations and has already pledged $50,000 with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation also pledging $25,000 and HOKA ONE ONE pledging $10,000. The IRONMAN Foundation and HOKA ONE ONE launched the 2018 IRONMAN Foundation Community 5K to Support Hurricane Michael Relief presented by HOKA ONE ONE to be held on Saturday, November 3 at 9 a.m. to continue to support the region’s needs.
“As we mark the 20th edition of IRONMAN Florida, our thoughts continue to be with community of Panama City Beach, Bay County and the surrounding area who were impacted by Hurricane Michael,” said Sarah Hartmann, acting Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “We are calling upon our greater IRONMAN community to join us in helping to bring assistance in this time of need. The areas affected will require ongoing assistance and donations, and service projects will be critically important for their continued recovery efforts.”
When the Category 4 Hurricane made landfall, it was one of the strongest storms to ever hit the Florida Panhandle. Due to the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Michael, IRONMAN and local partners concluded that it would not be feasible to host the 20th edition of the IRONMAN Florida triathlon in its usual location of Panama City Beach, Florida prompting the relocation to Haines City, the home of IRONMAN® 70.3® Florida.
The IRONMAN Foundation has set up multiple initiatives to continue Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts:
- DONATE – The IRONMAN Foundation will match all donations received by IRONMAN Florida race weekend, up to $100,000 and has already pledged $50,000 to support recovery efforts.
- T-SHIRT SALES – 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of a custom Humanitarian Relief T-shirt will go towards the IRONMAN Foundation’s Hurricane Michael Relief Efforts.
- VOLUNTEER – Register to volunteer and provide hands-on recovery assistance at local service projects to be announced.
- RUN – Prior to IRONMAN Florida in Haines City, the 2018 IRONMAN Foundation Community 5K to Support Hurricane Michael Relief presented by HOKA ONE ONE will be held on Saturday, November 3. Proceeds from this event will go directly to relief efforts in Panama City Beach to provide assistance as they work to recover and rebuild.
- GIFT CARD DONATIONS – In IRONMAN Village in Haines City on Thursday, November 1, through Saturday, November 3, the IRONMAN Foundation will collect VISA gift cards to be provided to individuals impacted in the greater Panama City Beach region.
“HOKA ONE ONE is honored to help support the IRONMAN Foundation in its efforts to help the greater Panama City Beach region rebuild its community in the wake of Hurricane Michael,” said Wendy Yang, President of HOKA ONE ONE. “Our connection to IRONMAN extends beyond the races to the communities in which they are held, and it is humbling to see the community come together to provide relief through this 5K and the efforts it will fund.”
The Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation, a Florida-based organization, has pledged a $25,000 donation to the IRONMAN Foundation to be used towards Hurricane Michael relief efforts.
“Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation is committed to its support of first responders and their communities, especially after a natural disaster,” said Robin Peters, Executive Director of the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. “We want to do whatever it takes to support our friends and neighbors in the Florida Panhandle and appreciate the opportunity to work with the IRONMAN Foundation to help make a difference in so many lives.”
In addition, the IRONMAN Florida “Picnic in the Park” Welcome Ceremony will be held on Friday, November 2 at 6:30 p.m. with food provided by Firehouse Subs. Athletes, as well as their families and friends, are invited to attend and help kick off the 20th edition of IRONMAN Florida.
For more information on the IRONMAN Foundation Community 5K, including registration, as well as how to donate, purchase t-shirts or volunteer for future recovery projects, visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth in IRONMAN Village during race week or go to www.ironmanfoundation.org/florida.
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 charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 7,800 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 HOKA ONE ONE
HOKA ONE ONE® is the fastest growing premium running shoe brand in the world. Two life-long runners launched HOKA in 2009, after years spent handcrafting and shaping lightweight shoes with extra-thick midsoles. Initially embraced by ultrarunners because of their enhanced cushioning and inherent stability, HOKA now offers shoes for all types of athletes who enjoy the unique ride the shoes provide. For more information visit hokaoneone.com or follow @hokaoneone #timetofly.
About Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation
Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was founded in 2005 in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, when Firehouse Subs Founders, Chris Sorensen and Robin Sorensen, traveled to Mississippi where they provided food to first responders and survivors. As they traveled back to Florida, they knew they could do more and Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation was born with the mission of providing funding, life-saving equipment and educational opportunities to first responders and public safety organizations. Since its inception, the non-profit organization has granted more than $37.7 million to hometown heroes in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Canada.
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, 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®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million 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 230 events across 53 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.