KAILUA-KONA, Hawai`i (Tuesday, October 9)– Race week for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship continued today in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and with it, the plethora of activities and events. The countdown to the world’s most iconic single-day endurance event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 12 nears and co. Here is daily Pau Hana, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “end of the workday,” will recap highlights from the last 24 hours.
‘I AM TRUE’ DAY
Today marked the tenth annual ‘I AM TRUE’™ day, IRONMAN’s ongoing work with athletes and the triathlon community to promote clean sport and the integrity of IRONMAN racing through outreach and anti-doping activities at the IRONMAN World Championship. The I AM TRUE outreach program is developed in association with the World Anti-Doping Agency and a shared belief that every athlete has a right to clean sport. The I AM TRUE message has always been about protecting the integrity of racing and ensuring that athletes know and understand their rights and responsibilities. Using the hashtag #KNOWTHERULES, the scope of the initiative goes beyond the Anti-Doping Program to include all aspects of fair racing that are part of the IRONMAN Competition Rules, including drafting, personal conduct and mechanical doping.
The IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program partners with National Anti-Doping Agencies worldwide to execute in-and-out of competition testing and to coordinate strategic testing of professional and age-group athletes throughout the year. Athletes qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship are a priority focus, which includes an extensive pre-competition testing program carried out in Kona throughout race week. The WADA Accredited Salt Lake Medicine Research and Technology Laboratory (SMRTL) will analyze all samples and ensure immediate and independent scientific oversight and qualified evaluation of the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program’s results, Athlete Biological Passports, and testing strategies.
“The IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program continues to work with our athletes and our partners around the world to ensure that our efforts to deter and detect doping are effective,” said Kate Mittelstadt, Director of the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program. “The testing and education strategies that are focused on our IRONMAN World Championship athletes evolve alongside of our advances in global coordination and intelligence sharing, analytic capabilities, and with the support of professional and age-group athletes who are committed to protecting the integrity of IRONMAN racing around the world.”
To learn more about the I AM TRUE campaign and the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program, visit www.ironman.com/anti-doping or follow on twitter at @IMAntiDoping. Visit www.wada-ama.org to learn more about The World Anti-Doping Agency.
IRONKIDS® Keiki Dip-n-Dash
I AM TRUE Day celebrated the next generation of athletes, by bringing its message to the hundreds of participants at the IRONKIDS® Keiki Dip-n-Dash and Fun Run. Sharing a portion of Saturday’s race course and the world famous Ali`i Drive, children from ages 2 to 14-years-old participated in either a quarter mile or a 1-mile run course while kids age 6-14 competed in the swim and run. Those who participated in the dip-n-dash swam approximately 150 yards in open water before running approximately one mile. The children were greeted at the finish line by some of the athletes that will take to the start line during Saturday’s Vega IRONMAN World Championship, including IRONMAN Ambassador Athlete Roderick Sewell.
IRONMAN Parade of Nations
Following the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash, world championship athletes hailing from 74 countries, regions and territories enthusiastically celebrated their nations with team shirts, waving flags and cheers during the prominent IRONMAN Parade of Nations. The parade started at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel and led down Ali`i drive to the IRONMAN Village at Hale Halawai.
The Vega IRONMAN World Championship’s week of events continues on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. HST with the IRONMAN `Ohana Hour on IRONMAN Now Facebook page featuring guests from the triathlon world such as professional triathletes, Heather Jackson, Tim Reed and Joe Skipper, plus Roka Co-Founder, Kurt Spenser and an “IRONMAN: Quest for Kona fueled by Gatorade Endurance” tease. The Women For Tri meet-up will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the IRONMAN Foundation Booth. Athletes will be gathering, taking photos and the first 50 females in attendance will receive special SWAG. Then at 12:00 p.m. at IRONMAN Village main stage a special Women Who Fly by HOKA ONE ONE panel featuring guest speakers HOKA ONE ONE’s President Wendy Yang, triathlete Sika Henry, and IRONMAN Hall of Famer Julie Moss; all Women For Tri Brand Ambassadors. Finally, the day concludes with the induction of the new IRONMAN Hall of Fame class which includes athletes Tim DeBoom and Michellie Jones, along with IRONMAN contributors Kenneth Gasque and Jan War.
The Vega IRONMAN World Championship Media Center reopens Wednesday, Oct. 9 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.