The IRONMAN Foundation to Support Lake Sonoma Flood Recovery
May 9, 2017
TAMPA, Fla. (May 9, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma for a service project to restore trails and campsites damaged by Northern California’s severe flooding earlier this year. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $25,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Santa Rosa region in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® Santa Rosa triathlon taking place on Saturday, May 13.
The service project on Sunday, May 14 will bring together IRONMAN athletes and TriClubs, including three-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae and her husband, Timothy O’Donnell, a multi-year IRONMAN World Championship top ten finisher, who are both members of the IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team. Volunteers will be transported by boat to the remote camping areas of Lake Sonoma to assist with the flood cleanup project.
“We are truly honored to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “It’s especially meaningful to partner with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma to help the area recover from the devastating floods and leave our IRONMAN legacy behind after race day.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 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 260 events across 44 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.
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 Foundation programs 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.