40 Years of Dreams: Ironman Celebrates its 40th Anniversary
Iconic triathlon brand celebrates 40th anniversary of first race that took place on February 18, 1978; 2018 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series to incorporate special commemorative features leading to the IRONMAN World Championship in October.
TAMPA, Fla. (February 16, 2018) – This Sunday, February 18, IRONMAN will celebrate the 40thanniversary of its very first triathlon event, which took place in Oahu, Hawai`i in 1978, and with-it kick-off the IRONMAN® “40 Years of Dreams” campaign. Throughout the course of the 2018 IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3® event series, the campaign will be rolled out in a variety of ways, leading up to the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on October 13.
On February 18, 1978, 15 dreamers set out on the shores of Oahu, Hawai`i, to complete what was thought to be the impossible – swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles, totaling 140.6 miles in a single day, as they looked to put an end to the argument of who were the best athletes in the world – swimmers, cyclists, or runners. Established by co-founders John and Judy Collins, the achievement of the original 12 finishers, which included Mr. Collins, has led to not just the pinnacle event in endurance sports, but a lifestyle and an iconic brand. Hundreds of thousands of athletes fulfill their dreams at finish lines all over the world proving that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE®”. From that initial race, the IRONMAN® and IRONMAN 70.3® Triathlon Series now has 154 races around the world and IRONMAN has become a company that hosts 248 events across triathlon, running, cycling and mountain biking in 53 countries.
“The first IRONMAN race represents everything that our company strives to embody – innovation, a fearless spirit and a drive to push past perceived limitations,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “This is an important day in our history that allows us to recognize the amazing individuals who have played an important part in our 40-year history, paving the way for others to realize their potential. We are very proud to celebrate such inspirational and aspirational moments for the sport, our company and everyone who has ever earned the right to be called an IRONMAN.”
To celebrate the history of IRONMAN and the seminal event that continues to inspire so many, IRONMAN will engage current and former athletes and the rest of its community to actively participate in sharing their top individual IRONMAN moments, while also determining the top historic moments, athletes, stories and races from the past four decades.
Athletes will notice special “40 Years of Dreams” elements at IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events throughout 2018 as well as other activations to commemorate the special year that include the following:
IRONMAN 40th Anniversary Specialized Merchandise: Celebrate “40 Years of Dreams” in style with a series of special edition 40th Anniversary IRONMAN gear coming soon and exclusively available online at www.ironmanstore.com. Product will include leisure tees, tanks and hoodies as well as technical gear (cycle tops and tech tees) with 40th Anniversary Mugs and pint glasses will also be available for purchase for a limited time. In addition, select styles for the 2018 event merchandise line that can be found on site at events and will include the “40 Years of Dreams” badge.
IRONSPORT – Powered By IRONMAN: In continuing the tradition of quality and excellence that the IRONMAN brand has come to embody since 1978, IRONMAN has launched a new sub-brand, called IRONSPORT™ to extend the IRONMAN family to a new audience. With the tagline, “Powered by IRONMAN”, IRONSPORT was created with Graj + Gustavsen to reach people everywhere who are passionate about living a fun, active and fitness-fueled life. Products across multiple fitness and lifestyle categories will be licensed to best-in-class partners from apparel to healthy food alternatives and beyond. Be on the lookout for IRONSPORT products in the coming months throughout mass retail channels.
Commemorative 40th Anniversary Book: Written by IRONMAN Hall of Fame Member Bob Babbitt with a foreword by Celebrity Chef and IRONMAN World Championship Finisher Gordon Ramsay, this illustrated book will explore every aspect of the IRONMAN Triathlon, from its history, legendary competitors and its major global events and expansion, to expert practical advice on how to prepare for and succeed in an IRONMAN Triathlon. The book produced by Carlton Publishing is expected to be released in September just before the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship.
To follow the IRONMAN “40 Years of Dreams” celebration all year long, visit www.ironman.com/40yearsofdreams.
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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 200 events across 50 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.