Monday, October 7, 2019
KAILUA-KONA, Hawai`i (October 8, 2019) – Race week for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship has officially kicked off in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and with it, the plethora of activities and events. The countdown is on to the world’s most iconic single-day endurance event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 12. A daily Pau Hana, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “end of the workday,” will recap highlights from the last 24 hours.
VEGA IRONMAN World Championship Merchandise Opens Its Doors
Multiple locations for the Official IRONMAN Merchandise Store have opened their doors to the public and with a brand new experiential store in 2019, there is something for everyone. Featuring over 200 IRONMAN World Championship products in 40 different categories from premier partners like Compressport, HOKA ONE ONE, Santini, ROKA, and Ventum there are more options than ever before. While the IRONMAN Village at Hale Halawai Park will once again serve as the central hub for the athletes, their support team and the local community, the flagship IRONMAN Merchandise will be conveniently located at the Courtyard by Marriot King Kamehameha Hotel with an expanded footprint of over 6,000 square feet.
Divided into swim, bike and run zones, the stores will feature technical products for training and racing along with everyday lifestyle products, including the official triathlon and cycling kits by Santini, `Ohana swim collection by ROKA and over 40 styles of limited-edition World Championship hats and visors. Visitors can also purchase the limited edition Suunto 9 Baro Titanium IRONMAN Limited Edition watch which islimited to 1,406 watches, celebrating the 140.6-mile journey that makes up a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon.
The stores will also feature interactive games like corn hole, photo opportunities with the IRONMAN M-Dot® logo and oversized KONA letters and refreshments to cool off with a Hawaiian shaved ice treat or locally sourced coconut; all while enjoying the sounds of Ukulele musician Dennis Garcia.
IRONMAN merchandise hours of operations can be found on the event schedule listed on the Vega IRONMAN World Championship event page.
Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim
On Sunday, Oct. 6, the famous Ho’ala IRONMAN Training Swim saw approximately 700 athletes take to the Kailua Bay to get a sense of the swim course before race day. Leading all athletes out of the water was Alistair Brownlee (GBR) with a time of 46:07, followed closely by Tim Brautigam, an age-group athlete competing in the M25-29 category, and Gordon Benson, also in the M25-29 age-group.
First out of the water for the females was professional Sarah Crowley (AUS) with a time of 49:40, followed by Katherine Renouf, a competitor in the F25-29 age-group and Sonia Bracegirdle who will compete in the F30-34 age-group.
The IRONMAN Foundation Service Project presented by HOKA ONE ONE
Today, Monday, Oct. 7 the IRONMAN Foundation held a community-based service project with Hālau Ka’eaikahelelani, a school of Hawaiian culture. IRONMAN athletes, ambassadors, partners and staff spent the morning restoring indigenous spaces on the property of Hālau Ka’eaikahelelani and also presented Hālau Ka’eaikahelelani with a $2,500 grant to sponsor ongoing programs to connect to the land, the people, the place, and the community.
In addition to today’s service project, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $120,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Kailua-Kona community, in conjunction with the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback awarded in the region to over $1.8 million across 1,325 nonprofit organizations.
Be sure to catch “Heroes of Hawai’i,” a fun tradition showcasing all of Hawai’i’s past and what makes its involvement with the IRONMAN World Championship race so special tonight at 5:00 p.m.
The Vega IRONMAN World Championship’s week of events continues on Tuesday, with events such as the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash and the annual IRONMAN Parade of Nations. For more information, please visit the event page at www.ironman.com/worldchampionship.
The Vega IRONMAN World Championship Media Center officially opens to media tomorrow,Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 9 a.m. in King Kamehameha Hotel Ballroom 1. Media can check in until 4 p.m.
About the Vega IRONMAN World Championship
Since its inception in 1978 on the island of Oahu, the IRONMAN World Championship has etched its name in history through stellar performances, inspirational participants and emotional memories. In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Island of Hawai`i where it continues to take place to this day. The race now sees over 2,500 athletes embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN World Champion. The most iconic one-day sporting event in the world is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots. In 2019, the event will be utilizing the theme `Ohana which in Hawaiian culture represents a specially bonded extended family to celebrate the greater IRONMAN community of athletes, volunteers, supporters and partners. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/worldchampionship.
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.