New Boat to be Provided by The IRONMAN Foundation and Tennessee River Gorge Trust
May 16, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (May 15, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will partner with the Tennessee River Gorge Trust to provide a new boat supporting the Trust’s ongoing mission to protect and provide open space, clean air and clean water to the 27,000-acre Gorge. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $35,500 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Chattanooga region in conjunction with the 2017 Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN® 70.3® Chattanooga triathlon taking place on Sunday, May 21. With three events being held in the area in 2017, the Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga, the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga and the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the Foundation’s overall giveback will be $126,500, bringing the total awarded to date to $351,500.
“Partnering with the IRONMAN Foundation on this phenomenal boat will assist the Trust in furthering our mission, by allowing us to transport critical support equipment like our tractor and utility terrain vehicle deep into the river gorge and also allow us to logistically support important events like IRONMAN 70.3 now and in the future,” said Rick Huffines, Tennessee River Gorge Trust Executive Director. “The boat will also provide us with a water based platform to continue our educational, ecological and access oriented mission. We are deeply grateful for this partnership and look forward to working with IRONMAN and supporting their endeavors in Chattanooga. Healthy land and healthy people need each other.”
“We are truly honored to partner with the Tennessee River Gorge Trust and to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “The Trust has been protecting and providing clean air and clean water to the area since 1981 and, thanks to their dedication, it’s a gorgeous race community. How fitting that the new boat will be christened ‘GORGE’ous!”
A boat dedication ceremony will be held at 2:45 p.m. on Friday, May 19 in IRONMAN Village at Ross’s Landing.
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. 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®, 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.
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 Tennessee River Gorge Trust
Since 1981, the Tennessee River Gorge Trust has been working to preserve local open space and has successfully protected more than 17,000 acres of the 27,000-acre Gorge through fee simple ownership, conservation easements and partnerships with state and federal entities. The Tennessee River Gorge Trust is committed to protecting the Gorge because this is a tremendously special place. It’s one of the most biodiverse places on the planet, but the middle of the Gorge is only 7 miles – as the crow flies – from downtown Chattanooga. The Gorge makes our city a healthier place – we have cleaner air and water because of it, we have a natural open space to roam free and nourish our souls, and we have a place to learn. Not only do we want to protect this place, but we want to connect our neighbors to it so that they will learn to love it and will want to care for it as well. Learn more at www.trgt.org.