The IRONMAN Foundation hosts a large-scale service project and provides $120,000 in funding to five nonprofit organizations in Puerto Rico to support Hurricane Maria recovery efforts.
In September 2017, Hurricane Maria pummeled the island of Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm, leaving behind a trail of devastation. The island suffered an estimated $90 billion in damages and rebuilding efforts will likely take years. Shortly after the storm hit, the IRONMAN Foundation launched a Humanitarian Relief Effort campaign to assist in the recovery. In March 2018, the IRONMAN Foundation awarded $120,000 in grant funding to five local nonprofit organizations in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico. This funding will support long-term recovery needs in five areas: reforestation, water quality, solar power, hunger and home restoration. In addition to grant funding, the IRONMAN Foundation partnered with the Buena Vibra Foundation for a race week service project, where 125 athletes and volunteers helped restore homes and revitalize the community of Barrio Ingenio in Toa Baja.