Continued fundraising efforts to support local recovery through grant funding and service projects
TAMPA, Fla. – On the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria, the IRONMAN Foundation® announced today that they will return to Puerto Rico in 2019 for the IRONMAN® 70.3® Puerto Rico presented by Puerto Rico Tourism Co. for follow up relief efforts. The IRONMAN Foundation will continue raising grant funding to support ongoing recovery from Hurricane Maria and provide a hands-on rebuilding project for IRONMAN® athletes and volunteers in partnership with Buena Vibra Foundation.
“We are very grateful for the ongoing support and commitment the IRONMAN Foundation has shown in supporting our high impact community work,” said Emil Medina, President of Buena Vibra Foundation. “We will take this opportunity to invite athletes from all over the world to help us develop long-term sustainability practices in our beloved Puerto Rico.”
In 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation provided more than $120,000 in grant funding to five local nonprofits to support Hurricane Maria recovery efforts. During the large-scare service project, more than 100 athletes and volunteers participated in a rebuilding project the day after the IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico race, helping to revitalize the homes and community of Barrio Ingenio. In 2019, the IRONMAN Foundation has announced three ways to support continued recovery efforts:
- RACE – Register to race IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico presented by Puerto Rico Tourism Co. on March 17, 2019 through the TEAM IMF Program and fundraise to support local recovery efforts. Race entry and service project participation are included. New for 2019, the TEAM IMF | MORE IMPACT program includes specially curated cultural opportunities in the San Juan area.
- DONATE – Funds will support IRONMAN Foundation grant awards in Puerto Rico.
- VOLUNTEER – Register to volunteer for the service project on Monday, March 18, 2019. Participation is open to volunteers of all skill levels ages 10 and up.
For full details on the 2019 Puerto Rico initiative, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/puertorico
“The mantra of the IRONMAN Foundation is ‘Service Through Sport, Commitment to Community,’” said Sarah Hartmann, acting Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Through the support and generosity of our community of athletes, staff and partners, we look forward to creating continued positive impact, welcoming participants from around the world to ‘Race For Puerto Rico’ and celebrating the great progress the region has made in the past year.”
“We are very excited to partner again with the IRONMAN Foundation for such a great cause,” said Alejandro Vasquez, Race Organizer for IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico. “We continue with our commitment to be part of Puerto Rico’s rebuilding process by providing our 9th consecutive IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico as a platform for this common goal.”
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 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.
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.