AN EVENING OF CHAMPIONS AND INSPIRATION: ANNUAL IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST PREMIERE

Event to take place on December 5th at New World Stages in New York City with proceeds supporting The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund

TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 28, 2017) — On Tuesday, December 5, 2017, IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation will host an “Evening of Champions and Inspiration” at the IRONMAN® World Championship Broadcast Premiere presented by UnitedHealthcare, taking place at New World Stages in New York City. Sharing the hosting duties for the evening’s affair will be “The Voice of IRONMAN” and this year’s IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team Captain, Mike Reilly along with veteran national sports broadcaster and multiple IRONMAN® 70.3® finisher Shannon Spake, as they introduce guests to the magic of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship, which took place on October 14 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

The red-carpet gala will feature a premiere screening of the annual NBC broadcast that captures the fierce competition and compelling storylines of the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and a moderated Q&A panel from athletes featured in the show. Event attendees will get a first look at the broadcast special before it airs on NBC, December 9th from 2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET (check local listings for time and channel).

The event will also include food and cocktails and a meet-and-greet with inspirational age-group athletes as well as current and former professional athletes. 2017 IRONMAN World Champion Patrick Lange will be joined by top American finishers Heather Jackson, Andy Potts, Liz Lyles and Ben Hoffman and IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador athlete Tim O’Donnell. Special guests will include original 1978 IRONMAN finisher Dave Orlowski as well as renowned sports commentator and long-time narrator of the NBC Show, Al Trautwig.

“We are excited to return to New York City to screen the IRONMAN World Championship NBC special ahead of its premiere on December 9th. Every year this broadcast special gives viewers an extraordinary view into a truly amazing event and this year’s IRONMAN World Championship is no exception,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer for IRONMAN. “We are honored to work with The IRONMAN Foundation as we continue to grow this red-carpet event and silent auction to a larger audience than we have ever had before.”

The IRONMAN Foundation, the charitable arm of the IRONMAN organization, has provided more than $50 million in support since inception. Proceeds from the evening will benefit The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund, which provides grant funding to nonprofit organizations in race communities where IRONMAN events are held.

In addition to the funds raised from the event’s ticket sales, The IRONMAN Foundation will hold a silent auction with a variety of unique items including this year’s IRONMAN World Championship finish line tapes, Hawaiian Ukuleles autographed by Professional IRONMAN athletes, and tickets to a Broadway Musical, just to name a few. Online bidding will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 29 and is open to event attendees and the general public by visiting the following link – IRONMAN Foundation Silent Auction.

There will also be an opportunity to bid during the live auction at the premiere on a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to race at the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i as well as the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

“The IRONMAN Foundation is honored to benefit from this event, which exemplifies excellence and inspiration in the sport of triathlon. Funds raised will allow us to continue to leave a tangible impact in the communities where IRONMAN events are held across the world,” said David Deschenes, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation.

For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, please visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/konapremiere/. For more information on IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org. For media related inquiries, please contact press@ironman.com.

Winner of Tickets to the IRONMAN World Championship Broadcast Premiere Announced

With so many entries, this was a tough decision but ultimately there can only be one winner.

And the winning entry goes to…Barry Faust of Orefield, PA!!!!

Big thank you to all who submitted their awesome stories about how IRONMAN has changed their lives for the better! There are still a few tickets available to the Broadcast Premiere Viewing Party and you can purchase them here.

Here is Barry’s winning entry:

I participated in my first triathlon, a local sprint August 2007, on my 29th wedding anniversary.  August 2009, I completed my first Ironman event:  Ironman Louisville, and I was hooked. Since then I have completed (4) other Ironman events and (15) 70.3’s., highlighted by IM 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See, with my wife Cindy.I truly agree Ironman is a lifestyle, In 2016, I joined Team BllueLine racing.  We race to raise awareness and money for the families of law enforcement officers killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.  In 2016 we went to cheer other team members participating in IM Chattanooga, and had the opportunity to meet the Freeman family, whose husband was killed in the line of duty May 2016.  We met the family:  wife – Jessica, her mother – Tammy, children – Braden and Blaiklyn.  It was truly an amazing experience bonding with 8-year-old Blaiklyn and developing a relationship with the family that exists today so strong.  They believe we are a silver lining in their tragic event, and I say they have so changed my outlook on life.  And I have Ironman to thank for that.  Each race Team BlueLine members cross the finish line with the BlueLine flag honoring law enforcement officers.  I said I met the family in Chattanooga and bonded with Baiklyn during the race and while waiting during the race she taught me to do cartwheels.  In honor of her I finish each race with the flag and a cartwheel at the finish line.  I am 60 years old and doing a cartwheel alone is hard enough but after an Ironman event “Anything is Possible”

I turned 60 this past January and I had this crazy idea that I would do (4) Ironmans and (3) 70.3’s.  Ironman – Boulder, Mt Tremblant, Chattanooga, and Cozumel.  70.3’s – Texas, Muncie and Lake Placid, and work on my way to a legacy spot in the future.  I was able to complete IM 70.3 Texas, IM Boulder, IM 70.3 Muncie, before I started to develop severe pain in my hips.  It is because of training and Ironman I think I still have a good prognosis.  Since having the hip pain, I obtained a MRI and was diagnosed as having Bone Cancer, which originated in my Kidney and metastasized into the bones.  If not for having the pain in the hips from training I would never have known the tumor on the kidney was growing and could have been a silent killer.  I have since had the kidney and tumor removed and am receiving treatment for the bone cancer.  I am hoping after treatment to get back to training and continue participating in Ironman events.  On November 15, 2017 I received results from recent CAT Scan indicating progress with the treatment, where significant new healing bone growth was shown in the spots where cancer had been observed.  I am registered for Ironman Lake Placid in 2018 and probably will be deferring to 2019, but I also am registered for Ironman 70.3 Lake Placid in 2018 and hope to be able to participate.

I truly believe the Ironman lifestyle and having a goal to get back to Ironman is a true blessing. 

I close in saying Thank you.  “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE”
Barry L. Faust