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IRONMAN Florida | TEAM IMF Behind The Scenes

November 10th, 2016 | Athlete, Featured Stories

IRONMAN Florida never fails to be an amazing experience for triathletes. With the beautiful Panama City Beach at your fingertips (literally, on race day), you can’t help but feel excited to race 140.6 miles in such a great town. Even more exciting was the fact that The IRONMAN Foundation had 16 athletes racing IRONMAN Florida. Not only did they race, though, they fundraised a cause that makes an impact beyond race day. With over $63,000 raised from these incredible athletes, organizations within IRONMAN race communities will receive grant funding to help run programs that make our world a better place. From the local Panama City Beach Police Department, to Girls Inc., to Panama City Beach Parks and Recreation, the impact of TEAM IMF athletes is felt far and wide.

In addition to these 16 TEAM IMF athletes, The IRONMAN Foundation had 220 (WOAH!) Foundation athletes that supported our mission through a donation made during their IMFL entry purchase. Because of them, over $88,000 was given back through grant funding to the local Panama City Beach Community. We can’t thank all of our Foundation Athletes enough for their incredible support and hard work. Read more on our 2016 IRONMAN Florida Giveback HERE!

Fundraising Programs Manager, Whitney Staloch, presents our IMF Grant Beneficiaries with checks totaling over $88,000 at the IMFL Athlete Welcome Banquet!

Fundraising Programs Manager, Whitney Staloch, presents our IMF Grant Beneficiaries with checks totaling over $88,000 at the IMFL Athlete Welcome Banquet!

IRONMAN Florida TEAM IMF Athletes had a blast getting to know one another (and eat great food, of course) at our TEAM IMF Celebration Luncheon during race week!

IRONMAN Florida TEAM IMF Athletes had a blast getting to know one another (and eat great food, of course) at our TEAM IMF Celebration Luncheon during race week!

TEAM IMF Athletes getting ready for a big day in transition before the swim

TEAM IMF Athletes getting ready for a big day in transition before the swim

This is IRONMAN #16 for TEAM IMF Athlete, Cedrick Dujon...no sweat!

This is IRONMAN #16 for TEAM IMF Athlete, Cedrick Dujon…no sweat!

TEAM IMF Athlete, Lorin Cone, looks fresh after a 2.4 mile ocean swim.

TEAM IMF Athlete, Lorin Cone, looks fresh after a 2.4 mile ocean swim.

Cedrick is ready to tackle the flat and windy bike course!

Cedrick is ready to tackle the flat and windy bike course!

IRONMAN First-timer, and TEAM IMF Athlete, Tim Stamm, is pumped to see all of his hard training transfer into an awesome race day!

IRONMAN First-timer, and TEAM IMF Athlete, Tim Stamm, is pumped to see all of his hard training transfer into an awesome race day!

TEAM IMF Athlete Michelle O'Rourke is pumped to be racing with IMF this year! Her organization, Montgomery County Youth Services, received grant funding from The IRONMAN Foundation in 2015 & 2016. Talk about full-circle!

TEAM IMF Athlete Michelle O’Rourke is pumped to be racing with IMF this year! Her organization, Montgomery County Youth Services, received grant funding from The IRONMAN Foundation in 2015 & 2016. Talk about full-circle!

WOOHOOO Go Sam Jordan!!!!

WOOHOOO Go Sam Jordan!!!!

TEAM IMF Athlete, Jackie Mobley, is all smiles after a great swim.

TEAM IMF Athlete, Jackie Mobley, is all smiles after a great swim.

TEAM IMF athletes looking great on a beautiful day in PCB!

TEAM IMF athletes looking great on a beautiful day in PCB!

TEAM IMF Athletes, Martin Palomo & Shawn Carter, come out of the swim together!

TEAM IMF Athletes, Martin Palomo & Shawn Carter, come out of the swim together!

IRONMAN First-timer, Rory Kencec, is pumped to be racing her first IRONMAN, and giving back to her local race community!

IRONMAN First-timer, Rory Kencec, is pumped to be racing her first IRONMAN, and giving back to her local race community!