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IRONMAN Foundation to Support Multiple Initiatives in Nice, France as part of 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

September 4, 2019

NICE, France / TAMPA, Fla. (September 4, 2019) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will distribute more than $80,000 in charitable giveback to support the Nice region in conjunction with the 2019 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship, including a service project serving local children at the Lenval Foundation Children’s Hospital.

Community Grants

The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2019, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.8 million in grant funding to support the needs of race communities around the world.

Four local nonprofit organizations will receive Community Grant awards:

  • The Lenval Foundation will receive $33,300 USD to fund new equipment at the children’s hospital.
  • Le Point Rose will receive $25,700 USD to support new construction at their facility dedicated to supporting families with terminally ill children.
  • NAEVUS 2000 will receive $11,000 USD to support their work with patients suffering from Congenital Giant Nevus, a rare cutaneous malformation that places them at risk for melanoma.
  • CAMI Sport & Cancer will receive $10,000 USD to support their work with low-income cancer patients.

“We are truly honored to partner with the Lenval Foundation, Le Point Rose, NAEVUS 2000, CAMI Sport & Cancer and L’Association ADAM and support their initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we’re leaving a positive, lasting impact and our IRONMAN legacy here in Nice.”

Service Projects

Inside IRONMAN Village in the IRONMAN Foundation area on Wednesday, September 4 through Friday, September 6, athletes are invited to pack a backpack for the at-risk children served by the L’Association ADAM in the Moulins district of Nice.

On Monday, September 9, IRONMAN athletes, staff and volunteers will visit the Lenval Foundation Children’s Hospital to tour the facility and spend time with the children.

Women For Tri Celebration

Women For Tri®, an initiative of the IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN to bring more women into the sport of triathlon, will hold a special celebration on Friday morning, September 6. Five hundred women will race the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in support of the Women For Tri grant program.

The event will be hosted by Kyrsten Sinema, the Chair of the Women For Tri Advisory Committee and United States Senior Senator from Arizona. Participants will hear from a panel of inspiring female professional and age-group triathletes, including eight-time IRONMAN World Champion and the “Queen of Kona,” Paula Newby-Fraser in addition to meeting other women racing in Nice and celebrate each other and their triathlon journeys.

“This year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship includes 500 additional age-group women racing to support Women For Tri,” said Kyrsten Sinema, United States Senior Senator from Arizona and chair of the Women For Tri Committee of Advisors. “Their participation supports women all over the world who are rediscovering their potential as triathletes.”

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 protected].

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About the IRONMAN Foundation 

The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in 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 8,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series 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, Rock This Town™, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.

About Women For Tri

Women For Tri®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation launched by IRONMAN in 2015, works to increase female participation at all levels of triathlon. The program seeks to identify and diminish primary barriers to entry and mobilize triathlon advocates to encourage and engage female athletes across all race distances and representing all athletic abilities. Since inception, over $300,000 in grants have been awarded to triathlon clubs supporting female participation initiatives. Women For Tri embodies the heart and soul of what makes the sport so rewarding: testing your ability, overcoming challenges, and realizing the full depth of your potential in the most widely recognized test of endurance – triathlon. Learn more at www.womenfortri.com and join the Women For Tri online community of 50,000+ female triathletes at www.facebook.com/groups/WomenForTri.

About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity, moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains of Austria to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the race returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day event for the first time. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Continuing the rotation, 2019 sees the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing championship event. More than 200,000 athletes participate annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, North America, South Africa and Switzerland. Hosting more than 5,000 athletes from around the world, participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus. In 2020, the event will move to Taupō, New Zealand where there is a long and storied IRONMAN history that spans 20 years before reaching the Red Rocks of St. George, Utah in the United States in 2021.

About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, 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®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.