In honor of International Women’s Day, there are a few fierce ladies in the world of swim bike run who are legends not only amongst women, but in the company of all triathletes. Cheers to all you ladies making waves and pushing the boundaries of badassery!
This Swiss Miss is one of three women in history to win Kona more than three times in a row, with four Kona titles. She was also the first female triathlete and first Swiss woman nominated for the prestigious Laureus World Sports Award. Daniela currently holds the fastest women’s finish time at the IRONMAN World Championships (2018) at 8:26:16, and fastest female 70.3 finish time of 3:57:47 at IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia.
Aussie transplant turned Boulder resident, Rinny is not only a supermom, but she is also a three-time IRONMAN World Champion, has the fastest female Kona run split at 2:50:26, and many more wins (most likely more than hubby Timothy O’Donnell) on her resume. Basically, she can qualify for Boston in her sleep and chase after little Izzy without breaking a sweat!
Last, but certainly not least is a woman who is one of the most gracious athletes I have had the pleasure of meeting and got to volunteer alongside at a service project in Kona last October. There is a reason why they call her “The Queen of Kona.” She’s a 8-time IRONMAN World Champion, has 24 IRONMAN race victories between 1986-2002, was inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame (1996) and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame (2010), and in 1999 won Triathlete Magazine’s Greatest Triathlete in History title. Although her racing days are behind her, Paula is still involved with the sport with coaching celebrities such as Hines Ward and Apolo Anton Ohno as well as working in coaching development with IRONMAN. Paula, thank you for paving the way and continuing being such a integral part of triathlon!
All eyes were on Tim Don this past weekend as he made his return to triathlon at IRONMAN Hamburg. While he didn’t hit the podium this time, he finished top 10, and faught a good fight.
Sam Long took the scenic route to Whistler Canada, and after the long drive he seemed no worse for the wear finishing 4th just 2:28 behind Matt Russell.
Marinda Carfrae appears to be back in stellar condition, winning IRONMAN Santa Rosa 70.3. While the swim was scrapped, she finished a full 2 minutes ahead of Heather Wurtele, less than 12 months after the arrival of daughter Isabelle.
On the men’s side, Tyler Butterfield finished 3rd followed by Tim O’Donnell in 4th.
Congratulations to All!
Full results and commentary on last weekends races from IRONMAN here
– 40 years of inspirational and aspirational IRONMAN athletes, stories and iconic moments showcase how a single event has grown into a global phenomenon –
New hour long special, IRONMAN “40 Years of Dreams” will premiere this Friday, June 29, at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
TAMPA, Fla. (June 28, 2018) – In continuation of the celebration of IRONMAN’s 40th anniversary, a new broadcast special IRONMAN® “40 Years of Dreams” will premiere this Friday, June 29, at 2:00 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. This broadcast special highlights the remarkable stories of the awe-inspiring athletes and unforgettable moments that have grown the iconic triathlon brand into a global phenomenon since its very first triathlon event, which took place in Oahu, Hawai`i in 1978.
“There are so many amazing athletes and moments that have embodied the spirit of IRONMAN and captured the imagination of our community over the past 40 years,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer for IRONMAN. “This broadcast special celebrates everything that athletes and fans around the world have come to love about IRONMAN.”
The 60-minute show highlights some of the most memorable moments and personalities that have left their mark on IRONMAN since its inception in 1978. Interviews include, Paula Newby-Fraser, Erin Baker, Dave Scott, Mark Allen, Chrissie Wellington, Mirinda Carfrae, Jan Frodeno and Greg Welch as well as Hines Ward, Sean Astin, Alex Zanardi, Al Trautwig, and Mike Reilly among others.
Since 1978, IRONMAN has showcased not only the limitless physical capability and competitive nature of the top-endurance athletes around the world, but also some of the most inspirational and impactful stories of courage and resilience from the age-group athletes and everyday individuals competing alongside them. The fortitude of these individuals has helped create a community that believes ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Four decades later, hundreds of thousands of athletes have fulfilled their dreams at finish lines all over the world.
Viewers should check local listings for broadcast information in their areas. To follow the IRONMAN “40 Years of Dreams” celebration all year long, visit www.ironman.com/40years.
About IRONMAN 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, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million 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 230 events across 53 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 and 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.
Ambassadors and new Mālama Club to support IRONMAN Foundation year-round
TAMPA, Fla. (April 23, 2018) – The IRONMAN Foundation® announced today the 2018 IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team and the creation of the Mālama Club. In celebration of IRONMAN’s 40th Anniversary, the IRONMAN Foundation has expanded its ambassador program by launching the Mālama Club, a team of 14 IRONMAN athletes who are ardent supporters of the IRONMAN Foundation’s mission of creating positive, tangible change in race communities and embody the spirit of the Hawaiian word Mālama, meaning to “take care of, preserve and protect.”
The supporting 2018 IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team is comprised of 22 carefully selected members: 19 age-group athletes; Team Captain, the “Voice of IRONMAN” Mike Reilly; and pro triathletes Mirinda Carfrae, a three-time IRONMAN® World Champion, and Timothy O’Donnell, a multi-year IRONMAN World Championship top-ten finisher. Ambassadors have been chosen for their outstanding involvement in their own communities and will continue to exemplify what it means to ‘Race for More’ by focusing their efforts on the IRONMAN Foundation’s 16 service projects this season. In 2017, the IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador team supported 14 service projects and contributed to the IRONMAN Foundation’s $1.5 million total in grant funding to 1,380 organizations in IRONMAN race communities.
“Having the honor of representing the IRONMAN Foundation last year as the Ambassador Captain was one of the highlights of my career,” said Reilly. “To be able to give back and help those in need throughout our IRONMAN communities is very gratifying and needed. I am looking forward to continuing that role in 2018 and hope others consider being a part of the IRONMAN Foundation team this year.”
Coming back to triathlon after a break can be a double-edged sword. While the excitement and motivation to get back into the swing of swim, bike, and run can light a fire under many triathletes, there is always that moment where you suddenly realize just how hard it can be to get your body, mind, and fitness level back to a place where you don’t feel like throwing in the towel.
Three-time IRONMAN world champion Mirinda Carfrae is no different when it comes to handling a changed body and level of fitness after having baby Isabelle this past August. We caught up with the new mom about what it’s like to go from running down the finisher’s shoot to run-walking through her neighborhood. Check out how Carfrae stays positive as she eases herself back into training, new curves and all.
Mirinda Carfrae: I absolutely love being a mom! You can’t really describe the feeling of having a baby and showing the baby the world. I love all the little things that come along with it, like the first time they see new things. It’s cool to witness how exciting that is for them and to be a part of Izzy’s journey.
What is a significant difference in your life now as you juggle motherhood and triathlon?
Having Kona withdrawals? Here’s a very good reason to book a trip…a trip to the Big Apple!
The Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship will be taking place on December 5th in New York City. Besides a front row seat at the finish line in Kona, this party is slated to be the Best Night in Triathlon.
The evening will begin with a welcome reception mix & mingle with professional athletes, featured inspirational athletes, and an opportunity to take a piece of IRONMAN World Championship history home with you via a silent auction. There will even be an opportunity to bid on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race in the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship and 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship during the live auction!
Following the reception, you will experience all the action of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship NBC broadcast before it airs nationwide. The evening concludes with a Q&A session discussing all the behind-the-scenes details with a panel of IRONMAN Professional Athletes and IRONMAN Hall of Fame members.
Celebrity guests to include 3-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae, IRONMAN U.S. Champion Timothy O’Donnell, and of course The “Voice” of IRONMAN Mike Reilly.
Tickets are on sale now with proceeds benefitting the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. Click here to purchase tickets.
This morning Jen Findley and I were honored to attend a very special WITSUP Brunch in a foothills mansion high above the cacophony of the Kona Race Week activities at sea level.
An annual event celebrating women in triathlon, the sold out Witsup Kona Brunch featured triathlon legends Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae and Rachel “Joycey” Joyce, moderated by WITSUP “Chief,” Stef “Steffie” Hansen (who is quick to note, one may only address her by this moniker if you are an IRONMAN World Champion). This is the “fourth or fifth” year of the event (and one we will not miss in the future).
Sponsors Cervelo and Ceramic Speed were well represented with signage and prize drawing giveaways.
Our plates piled high with delicacies prepared by Stef’s “chef” husband Brett, we settled in to luxurious chairs as she opened the casual Q&A session by introducing “Two of the most wanted athletes in the world,” Rinny and Rachel.
Stef introduced Rachel, pointing out that the Boulder-based pro completed three IRONMAN races in just ten weeks (including winning IRONMAN Boulder!) after giving birth to her first child, Archie, just 13 months ago.
Rinny was next, asked about what it was like to be in Kona and not be racing: “Izzy is taking most of the focus – it’s very different being here without the anxiety of racing, and just supporting Tim (O’Donnell).”
It was then Rinny’s turn to ask Stef a question… In her trademark feisty and spirited way, Rinny asked Stef point blank if she plans to have kids. Once the room settled down after some barbs and an eruption of laughter, Stef admitted she’d “never been embarrassed on stage.” She then turned serious: “I find the subject fascinating because it’s a dilemma for athletes – age groupers or pros – pregnancy affects sponsor relationships, requires a break from training and racing; it’s one of the biggest challenges in being a pro triathlete, and any working professional. It concerns me – what would happen with WITSUP? I’m not ready to compromise that. Not now. Eventually. But not until it can be my number one priority.”
There were many murmurs of agreement from the attentive audience, most of whom were women, some Kona athletes and some not, and a good smattering of supportive men.
“Moving on,” Stef commanded, slyly changing the subject. She asked Rinny what it has been like “getting back in shape after having a kid.”
Rinny responded that so far she’s had just two runs and two swims – and, she “pulled out sore” after 20 minutes on the run. “It’s gonna be tough,” she said, succinctly.
Rachel responded to the same question, saying, “It taught me patience. I remember my first swim – I was completely exhausted after just 1500 meters – it was so different from being so in shape before. I had to switch my mindset to looking forward, instead of back. I couldn’t rush it. I had to focus on, ‘I’m better than I was last week.’
She continued, “It was hard work, especially the core strength. When I stood at the start line of my first race back I thought, ‘Wow, six months ago I was only walking around the block. You have to take baby steps. Don’t rush it.”
Stef then asked, “It’s similar to injury, then, taking it day by day, right?”
Rachel responded, saying it is similar to injury in that you need to look forward at your progress, and not wishing you were back to where you were before. Then she added, “You have all that, plus breastfeeding. Your body’s main function is to support another human. And the physical changes, like wondering, ‘when will my stomach stop jiggling?’ I felt like my legs weren’t attached to my top half – there was no ‘pop.’ It’s a foreign feeling. My body felt disconnected getting back into training. You have to be patient.”
Rinny was then asked if the past 6-7 weeks since Izzy was born have been similar to the rest she usually takes after Kona. Rinny replied dryly, “Well, this has been 6 or 7 weeks of doing nothing, and also I had a human come out of me.” The room erupted.
She continued, “My core is lost after having to make way for all the expansion. But I’m sitting here listening and trying to take lessons from what Rachel said. I’ll look ahead. Next year I want to be back here and be a contender.”
Stef paused dramatically, and commented, “The best contraception is talking with you two.”
The discussion then turned to race day strategies. Stef asked, “How do you switch off your usual ‘nice’ personalities to “terminator” mode on race day?”
Rinny responded, saying, “When I started (as a pro) I struggled with my friendships with competitors, how to manage that. But I learned that when gun goes off it’s a war… you must be no one’s friend.”
Stef and Rachel joined in with some barbs, Stef saying, “The smack talk is starting now.” Rinny responded, “This year it’s ok because I’m just watching … but next year – looking at Rachel -all bets are off.”
Rachel commented, “You have to think of it that they’re just people I want to be ahead of – I’m very single-minded. It doesn’t matter whether you’re friends or not.”
Nodding agreement, Rinny added, “At that point in the race (during the run) we’re all suffering, so you feel bad. You want to say “sorry- but I’m going on ahead of you.”
The conversation went on to cover advice for the strong Queen K cross-winds (“Trust your bike – it was designed for the wind – try to relax into it”), descending from Hawi (Rinny: “Put it in the biggest ring and go for it!”), and Race Week nerves (Rinny: “I want that – it shows the race matters to you;” Rachel: “If I didn’t feel nervous I’d wonder what was wrong”).
And then the Hot Topic: For pro women after having a baby, they have to do so many races in order to get points for Kona… there is no current carry over or accommodation for maternity leave…
Rachel noted, “We want to have the best women and men racing in Kona. We need to work back from that. Despite fitness before giving birth, it just takes a long time (to get back in shape). We need to look at other sports and consider how to take maternity leave. It’s very complex – we need a statistician to sort rankings, and look at the possibility of carrying over points from the prior year.”
Rachel continues, “There isn’t an easy answer. Women need to not rush back and risk injury – we need to accommodate that.”
Agreeing, Rinny added, “We want the best athletes in their best form – whether it’s a point system or whatever. There are lots of different ideas, and we need to look seriously at the rules.”
Stef concluded the topic saying, “We need a better solution – there’s not a perfect solution, but there is a better way.”
After some talk about finding your “zone” on the Kona run (Rachel says, “The blanker and freer you can keep your mind the better… think about rhythm, nutrition, form”) and a possible 2-day race formula for Kona, like 70.3 worlds in Chattanooga (both women were in favor of it “to showcase the women’s race properly”), the discussion turned more philosophical.
If not triathlon, then what career would you want to pursue?
Rinny explained she studied physiology and kinesiology in college, and she would likely pursue those fields. Rachel, a former lawyer said, “I definitely like the law, but I’m not sure I’d go back to a law firm.”
And, finally, the most memorable moment over time on the Big Island?
“Winning in 2013 ,” Rinny answered without hesitation. “I had won in 2010 and then I had a couple of not-great years. Winning in 2013 validated that it wasn’t a fluke – the day flew by went perfectly. And it was also pretty special because Tim came in 5th. It was the most memorable.”
(Stef pointed out that they were engaged, noting the famous photo of Rinny jumping into Tim’s arms, laughing and saying “you needed the money for the wedding, right?”)
Rachel found her first time at Kona as the most memorable. “I didn’t yet identify as a pro triathlete – I felt out of depth.
I came 6th that year – I came in 4th off the bike, and I heard Greg Welch saying, ‘I think we’re going to see this one go backward…’ I thought, I’ll show you. It was so memorable. It was not my best race, but it ewas the start of a proper pro career.
Predictions for the pro field on Saturday? Rinny was quick to say, “I’ll answer that. I’d pick Rachel or Daniella for one and two, and then Heather (Jackson) or my dark horse pick – Lucy Charles. She’s my dark horse.”
Be sure to check out the WITSUP website for all the “Wahine Warrior” videos of Kona pro women!
Hear 2017 Ironman Boulder champion Timothy O’Donnell tell 303radio hosts Bill Plock and Rich Soares talk about being a father and preparing to race and how his 2017 season played out. Timothy shares how his Santa Cruz 70.3 race went and just life as a pro triathlete, being married to Mirinda Carfrae the motivation that comes from a family and some ideas on how he is gonna attack Kona in 2017 with the help of Mark Allen and Greg Bennett both of Boulder and using the Halo NeuroSport. Road to Kona through Boulder!
TAMPA, Fla. (October 6, 2017) – The IRONMAN Foundation® will distribute more than $125,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Kailua-Kona community in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN® World Championship, including a special initiative with YES Hawai`i to support local youth in the foster care system and granting a wish in partnership with Make-A-Wish®. This year’s grant funding brings the total awarded to $1.5 million across 1,100 Kailua-Kona non-profit organizations.
The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with YES Hawai’i, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering local youth in the foster care system by creating a community and support system through organized educational, recreational and social activities. Together they have planned an excursion event that will join local youth in the foster care system with IRONMAN athletes for a manta ray night snorkel tour. In addition, YES Hawaii will receive a $2,500 grant to sponsor its ongoing programs with local youth in foster care.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. These wishes have the ability to help wish kids not only feel better, but sometimes, even get better. The IRONMAN Foundation will host Nicholas Purschke, a 12-year old Make-A-Wish kid with Cerebral ALD (Adrenoleukodystrophy), a severe genetic brain disorder. It is Nicholas’s wish to attend the IRONMAN World Championship and meet his triathlon heroes because it is “amazing what these athletes do and they have inspired me during my journey. I’m a runner and athlete and I’m also very competitive and would really like to do an IRONMAN in the future.” In addition to meeting IRONMAN Foundation Pro Triathlete Ambassadors Mirinda Carfrae and Timothy O’Donnell, Nicholas will participate in several race-week events, including the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-N-Dash and leading the United States delegation of athletes at the Parade of Nations.
The IRONMAN Foundation will also present a special grant for $1,406 to PATH Hawai’i at the 31st Annual PATH 5k and 10k run taking place on Sunday, October 8. PATH works with Hawai`i state and county, local leaders and community members to safely connect people and places on Hawaiian Islands with bikeways, sidewalks and pathways.
“We are truly honored to partner with these organizations to provide funding or support for their initiatives,” said Dave Deschenes, Executive Director for The IRONMAN Foundation. “Together we’re leaving a lasting impact and our IRONMAN legacy here on the Island of Hawai`i.”
Continuing the “We’ve Got Your Back(pack)” program launched in April of this year, volunteers at the IRONMAN Foundation booth inside the IRONMAN Village will prepare backpacks for local children in need. Backpacks provided by Travelway Group International will include school supplies and sunscreen provided by Wal-mart, water bottles from Gatorade, healthy snacks from Clif Bar and inspirational notes written by IRONMAN athletes. The backpacks will be presented to Kids Matter and YES Hawai`i to support their participating youth.
Thirty athletes from around the world will race in support of IRONMAN Foundation programs, including the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund and Women For Tri®. Together they have raised a record-breaking $850,000.
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. Since 2015, Women For Tri has distributed more than $187,000 in grant funding to support female participation initiatives.
We love the community that shines in our home town this week. Be sure to follow us for all the action through the weekend. The 303 staff and ambassadors will be every where all weekend starting at yesterday’s events, today’s athlete check in and pro panel, UPR, Opening Ceremonies, race day excitement, awards and Kona slots on Monday.
At this year’s IRONMAN Boulder, Colorado athletes not only represent our great state to the rest of the triathlon world, but are included in IRONMAN’s Team Colorado, with special swim caps and 303 adorned race bibs for easy spotting by media and photographers… thanks to all the IMBoulder volunteers who help make this happen, along with uber race director Tim Brosious and of course Dave Christen!
Thursday Stroke & Stride is never uneventful!
Pease brothers, tandem team racing Sunday, at Big Ring Cycles
And every one loves a good story time, especially when Mike Reilly, the Voice of IRONMAN, is telling the stories.