Julien Boulain (Paris, France) and Liis Rametta (Park City, Utah) Top Finishers at Inaugural Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California Triathlon, part of The VinFast IRONMAN U.S. Series

October 23, 2022

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (October 23, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – California’s Capital City played host to the long-awaited debut of the Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN® California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN U.S. Series, on Sunday, October 23, 2022. Julien Boulain from Paris, France (M35-39 Age Group) took the overall victory with the fastest time of the day in 8:45:58. In the women’s age group race, Liis Rametta of Park City, Utah (F35-39 Age Group) put in a dominant performance claiming victory in the female age-group race, finishing with a time of 9:33:50.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day of IRONMAN racing here in the Central Valley,” said Tim Brosious, Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “We have been waiting a long time to see Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon come to fruition here into the area. The community has come out in true Sacramento fashion to support the athletes and show exactly why this community is already becoming one of the best on the IRONMAN circuit.”

The Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN U.S. Series, saw more than 2,800 athletes from 62 countries, regions and territories, and all 50 U.S. states start the race. Competitors ranged in age from 18-78 years old. The event led athletes along a downriver 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile flat and fast bike ride through the beautiful farm and wine country and a 26.2-mile run throughout the Sacramento Valley for total of 140.6 miles. The course also passed the famous Tower Bridge, and Discovery Park before an electric finish around the California State Capitol building and gardens. The event offered 55 age group qualifying slots to the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN World Championship taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i next October.

“With nearly 200 people on our team including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, physician’s assistants, medical assistants and others, including many volunteers, the preparations and services were in place to care for these competitors,” said Scott Meier, MD, a sports medicine physician and director for the Kaiser Permanente medical team for the Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon. “It’s been an honor to partner with The IRONMAN Group and serve these tremendous athletes.”

Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California, part of the VinFast IRONMAN North American Series triathlon will return to Sacramento, Calif. on October 23, 2023.

Official results can be found at www.ironman.com/im-california-results.

For more information on the 2022 Kaiser Permanente IRONMAN California triathlon, part of the VinFast IRONMAN U.S. Series, visit www.ironman.com/im-california. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact press@ironman.com.

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About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve almost 12.6 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists, and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery, and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education, and the support of community health. http://about.kaiserpermanente.org

About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, 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. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. 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 hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.