The IRONMAN Foundation Returns to Arizona to Launch New Event and Team Up With Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community for Student Workshops

November 19, 2019

The IRONMAN Foundation to provide more than $65,000 in charitable giveback to Tempe region; Mesa Arts Center to host The Kona After Party red-carpet celebration of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship, an event presented by Bicycle World Texas

TEMPE, Ariz. / TAMPA, Fla. — The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $65,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives within the greater Tempe region. In conjunction with the 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN® Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 24, the organization will also include a $10,000 Community Grant to the Salt River Community Children’s Foundation. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback in the region to $976,000.


On Friday, Nov. 22, the Mesa Arts Center will host The Kona After Party, a celebration of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship to support the IRONMAN Foundation, an event presented by Bicycle World Texas. Sharing hosting duties for the evening’s affair will be “The Voice of IRONMAN” and IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team Captain, Mike Reilly, along with IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador and Fox Sports anchor and reporter, Shannon Spake.

Guests will have the opportunity to meet with professional athletes and icons of the sport including:

  • Paula Newby Fraser – An eight-time IRONMAN World Champion, IRONMAN Hall of Famer, deemed the “Queen of Kona” and an IRONMAN Foundation Pro Ambassador
  • Mark Allen – A six-time IRONMAN World Champion and IRONMAN Hall of Famer
  • Kyrsten Sinema – United States Senior Senator from Arizona and chair of the Women For Tri® Advisory Committee
  • Don Davey — The first and only four-time Academic All-American in NCAA football history who went on to have a 10-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers and Jacksonville Jaguars. Don is also a six-time IRONMAN finisher.
  • Roderick Sewell – The first bilateral above the knee amputee to complete the IRONMAN World Championship and U.S. Para-Swimmer
  • Sarah Crowley – Third place finisher at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship
  • Ben Hoffman – Fourth place finisher at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship and an IRONMAN Foundation Pro Ambassador
  • Heather Jackson – Fifth place finisher and top American female at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship
  • Linsey Corbin – 10th place finisher at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship

The evening will also include a live and silent auction, allowing attendees to bid on an entry to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

For more information, to purchase tickets to the event, and to bid on silent auction items, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/konaafterparty.


IRONMAN athletes along with IRONMAN Foundation staff will join the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community at Salt River High School (SRHS) to aide in student workshops, focusing on the importance of living a healthy lifestyle. SRHS students in grades 7-12 will participate in a speed bike-build along with health and wellness workshops with local IRONMAN athletes from Salt River, and IRONMAN athletes from around the globe.


In partnership with FLO Cycling, the IRONMAN Foundation will host “Bike for a Kid”, a pop-up service project. Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona athletes, along with their families and friends, are invited to visit the IRONMAN Foundation booth in IRONMAN Village Thursday, Nov. 21 through Saturday, Nov. 23 to build bikes for kids from the Salt River Elementary School. A total of 100 bikes will be built and distributed.

The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2019, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.8 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities.

For more information on IRONMAN and the IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org. For media related inquiries, please contact [email protected].


About the IRONMAN Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation creates positive, tangible change in 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 giveback programs led by the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 8,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series participants are powerfully linked to the community and together help leave a positive legacy behind in race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Rock This Town®, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.

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.