Humanitarian Relief Effort funds to support local recovery efforts in response to recent damage caused by Hurricane Florence in North and South Carolina
TAMPA, Fla. (September 18, 2018) – The IRONMAN Foundation® has launched a Humanitarian Relief Effort campaign to raise critical funds in response to the major flooding in North and South Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence. Funds raised will support recovery efforts and service projects in the greater race community for IRONMAN® 70.3® North Carolina which is scheduled for next month in Wilmington.
To help raise funds for those in need, the IRONMAN Foundation has set up three ways to help with the Hurricane Florence Relief Effort:
- DONATE – The IRONMAN Foundation will match all donations made by October 12, 2018, up to $10,000.
- T-SHIRT SALES – 100% of the proceeds raised through the sale of a custom Humanitarian Florence Relief T-Shirt will go towards the IRONMAN Foundation’s Florence Relief Efforts.
- VOLUNTEER – Register to volunteer and provide hands-on recovery assistance at local service projects to be announced.
For full details on the IRONMAN Foundation Florence Relief Effort and how to donate, purchase t-shirts or volunteer, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/relief
“Our thoughts are with athletes, partners, volunteers and other local residents who continue to be impacted by Hurricane Florence,” said Sarah Hartmann, Acting Executive Director for the IRONMAN Foundation. “We are calling upon our greater IRONMAN community to join us in helping to bring assistance in this time of need. The areas affected will require ongoing assistance and donations, and service projects will be critically important for their continued recovery efforts.”
“With Hurricane Florence having now moved through Wilmington and the Carolina’s, IRONMAN officials are working with the local authorities to assess and closely monitor the situation as it relates to the IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina triathlon, scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 13,” said Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director, Mid-Atlantic Upper South Region for IRONMAN. “IRONMAN remains committed to creating a safe and positive race experience. However, we appreciate continued patience as the immediate need is to take care of the local residents. At the appropriate time, IRONMAN will communicate any changes that are necessary for future planned events based on the impact of Hurricane Florence.”
IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina athletes are asked to stay tuned to the event’s Facebook page and www.ironman.com/northcarolina70.3 for further updates as they become available.
About the IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in IRONMAN race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 6,300 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group 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, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, 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 230 events across 53 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 & 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.