IRONMAN UNVEILS 2014 LOTTERY AND LEGACY WINNERS
Time-Honored Tradition Sends Diverse, International Field of Athletes to Kona
TAMPA, Fla. (April 15, 2014) â€“ IRONMAN today announced the 100 age-group athletes who have earned a chance to race at the 2014 IRONMANÂ® World Championship presented by GoPro through the IRONMANÂ® Legacy program, and the lucky 100 age-group athletes and five physically challenged age-group athletes from across the globe who won their ticket into Kona through the IRONMANÂ® Lottery program.
Granting loyal IRONMAN athletes an opportunity to compete at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i in October, this year’s IRONMANÂ® Legacy program competitors hail from 20 different countries with more than half (55 out of 100) of the athletes residing outside of the United States, including 14 athletes from Australia, eight from Great Britain and seven from both Canada and Germany.
With this year’s athletes ranging in age from 24 to 64 and representing 17 countries, the IRONMANÂ® Lottery program continues to gain momentum internationally. From a wounded female war veteran, 47, from Sydney, Australia, to a 19-time IRONMANÂ® triathlon finisher, 61, from Atlanta, Ga., the dream of crossing the finish line at IRONMAN’s most iconic event unites all 100 age-group athletes.
IRONMAN LEGACY PROGRAM
The Legacy Program grants loyal IRONMAN competitors an opportunity to start in Kona at least once in their lifetime. One hundred Legacy winners are chosen every year. To be eligible for this year’s selection, athletes must have completed a minimum of 12 full-distance IRONMAN-branded races, have never started the IRONMAN World Championship, have completed at least one IRONMAN event in each of the 2012 and 2013 seasons and be registered for an IRONMAN event in 2014.
IRONMAN LOTTERY PROGRAM
A mainstay in the history of IRONMAN, the IRONMAN Lottery began in 1983 thanks to the vision of IRONMAN co-founders, John and Judy Collins. The program provides athletes of all abilities the opportunity to participate for the world’s most challenging one-day endurance event.
For a comprehensive list of Lottery and Legacy winners, visit www.ironman.com.Â For more information on the Legacy and Lottery programs, go to www.ironmanworldchampionship.com. Inquiries about the programs may be directed to [email protected] and [email protected]. Media-related inquiries should be directed to [email protected].
The iconic IRONMANÂ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMANÂ® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEÂ® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMANÂ®, IRONMAN 70.3Â®, 5150â„¢ Triathlon Series, Iron GirlÂ® and IRONKIDSÂ®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.