BOULDER, Col. (July 9, 2014) On Sunday, Aug. 3, 2014, the City of Boulder will host the city’s first IRONMAN triathlon – becoming one of 11 cities in North America to host the 140.6-mile triathlon.
As part of this exciting event and partnership, the IRONMAN Foundation will make available 5 entries into the sold out inaugural 2014 event. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Boulder’s flood recovery efforts. If all five entries are sold, the IRONMAN Foundation expects to send an additional $6,750 to the city for flood recovery and improvements.
The race will start at the Boulder Reservoir, transition to a bike course in the city’s shadow of the rocky mountain foothills and end with a run course that is almost entirely on Boulder Creek path, winding along the creek and through city parks.
Spectators will have multiple opportunities to cheer on the athletes and the last few steps of the day will take athletes up Pearl Street for a triumphant finish.
“Boulder is well known for our healthy lifestyles and outdoor recreation. The Boulder Reservoir, Creek Path and other natural amenities are the ideal venue for athletes and spectators alike,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “We look forward to hosting IRONMAN and showcasing Boulder’s recreation opportunities.”
During a five-day period in early September of 2013, the greater Boulder area received a total of 17.15 inches of rain that caused widespread flooding with estimated damages over 2 billion dollars. Today much of Boulder is back to looking normal, however, countless recovery projects are still underway. The funds raised through this initiative will go to support the recovery and rebuild efforts of the Boulder Creek Trail.
“The IRONMAN Foundation’s mission is to provide charitable support to initiatives in communities where IRONMAN events are held. Through the generosity of our athletes, we are able to make a difference in our race communities,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation.
“The city greatly appreciates the efforts of IRONMAN and the IRONMAN Foundation to create additional funding to offset the city’s flood recovery expenses. With offices in Boulder for the past nine years, it is clear that IRONMAN is establishing itself as a long-time community partner,” added Brautigam.
The 100% tax deductible entries will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Athletes who are interested in purchasing one of the limited entries may contact Whitney Tizzano at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the IRONMAN Boulder® triathlon or the IRONMAN Foundation, visit http://www.ironmanfoundation.org/.
About The IRONMAN Foundation
Since its inception in 2003, The IRONMAN Foundation® has made philanthropic contributions totaling more than $28.5 million dollars to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide. The mission of The IRONMAN Foundation is: To leave IRONMAN’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profit organizations around the world. The IRONMAN Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3).