TEAM IMF TOOLKIT

Overview

 

Thank you for making the decision to #RaceForMore with TEAM IMF. Your fundraising efforts are creating positive, tangible change in our race communities and we couldn't be more grateful.
Below are some resources for you to utilize throughout your fundraising journey.
If you have any questions, please reach out to your IRONMAN Foundation Athlete Development TEAM:

athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org

IRONMAN Foundation

VISION 

A healthy, enriched, fulfilled life for every person. 

MISSION 

Creating positive, tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism. 

SERVICE THROUGH SPORT, COMMITMENT TO COMMUNITY 

We’re always thinking about the families and organizations that make each race community vibrant and unique. We know what gets them out of bed in the morning and keeps them up at night and we’re working to make their lives better. We are the IRONMAN Foundation and we swim, bike, and run to create positive, tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism.  

We are athletes. We are volunteers. We are givers. And we are on a mission to create change in countless lives.  

In 2020, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $2 million across 75 race communities worldwide. Since its inception in 2003, over $55 million has been provided in charitable giveback to over 10,000 organizations. These are the statistics we encourage you to share with your potential donors.  

We’re constantly referring to “tangible impact” because the dollars you raise through your fundraising journey have a real and lasting impact long after your race day. We couldn’t do the work we do without athletes like you. 

  • The IRONMAN Foundation is a registered 501(c)3 organization. 
  • $55 MILLION in charitable giveback has been provided across all programs since inception in 2003. 
  • 75 race communities are supported around the world. 
  • 10,000 nonprofit organizations supported to date.  
  • $575,000 in Humanitarian Relief was provided in 2019.  
  • In 2020, over $2 million in grant funding will be awarded, 200,000 meals will be provided, and 45,000 non-sterile face masks made from upcycled race t-shirts will be distributed to at risk populations.
  • COUNTLESS lives have been impacted to date! 

In 2021, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute $2 million across 75 race communities worldwide. Since its inception in 2003, over $55 million has been provided in charitable giveback to over 10,000 organizations. These are the statistics we encourage you to share with your potential donors.

In 2020, the IRONMAN Foundation expanded its charitable giveback to support The IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund which focused on serving our communities in the wake of COVID-19. All athletes can support IRONAID, including Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® participants through Rock This Town®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation and the charitable program for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series.

In times of need, dollars are the most helpful way to show support. IRONAID funds are available for grant applications by health-related nonprofit organizations around the world. Organizations who fit the criteria are invited to apply for funding. 

Projects include:

​Providing personal, protective equipment (PPE) and for supplies such as ventilators, CT/x-ray machines, etc.

Supporting programs in the areas of housing/homelessness, healthcare, nutrition/food support, mental health, domestic violence, care for seniors, etc.

Finding ways to support quarantined individuals.

Funding organizations that are working in areas with poor access to regular medical services.

Supporting groups that are focused on WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene).

Supporting the research into SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19.

Please give what you can and to learn more, visit HERE.

To date, over 10,000 organizations from around the world have received IRONMAN Foundation support.

  • Check out our Grant Impact Stories HERE
  • Check out our Impact Map HERE
  • Read about the giveback in our event communities HERE

TEAM IMF

The mission of the IRONMAN Foundation is to create positive, tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism. We’re always thinking about the families and organizations that make each race community vibrant and unique. We know what gets them out of bed in the morning and what keeps them up at night and we’re working to make their lives better. We are the IRONMAN Foundation and we swim, we bike, and we run to leave our IRONMAN legacy long after race day.

TEAM IMF is one of the IRONMAN Foundation’s fundraising teams. Through TEAM IMF, athletes have the opportunity to fundraise for the IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund while racing an IRONMAN event of their choice at no additional cost. The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund directly benefits those communities where IRONMAN events are held by providing charitable support to a variety of local nonprofit organizations that recognize citizens in need and provide support to their local community.

FAQs

How does TEAM IMF work?

TEAM IMF is one of the IRONMAN Foundation’s fundraising teams. TEAM IMF Athletes commit to raise support for the IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund. In return, they receive a free race entry, race kit and a network of other IRONMAN Athletes dedicated to creating positive change in race communities and leaving their IRONMAN legacy behind long after race day.  

What are my TEAM IMF race options?

For the 2021 race season, you can join TEAM IMF at one of the following IRONMAN events:
*If you would like to be added to a race waitlist please email athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org.

3/27/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside

4/11/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Texas - WAITLIST*

4/18/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Florida

4/24/2021          IRONMAN Texas

5/1/2021            IRONMAN 70.3 St. George

5/15/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

5/23/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga - WAITLIST*

5/23/2021          IRONMAN Tulsa

6/5/2021            IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii

6/6/2021            IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia

6/13/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman

6/20/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines

6/27/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant

6/27/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead

6/27/2021          IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene - WAITLIST*

6/27/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Lubbock

10/2/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie

7/11/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman

7/25/2021          IRONMAN Lake Placid

7/25/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio

8/7/2021            IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder

8/22/2021          IRONMAN Mont Tremblant

8/29/2021          IRONMAN Penticton

8/29/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Maine

9/12/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Michigan

9/12/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz

9/12/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin

9/12/2021          IRONMAN Wisconsin

9/12/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City

9/18/2021          IRONMAN Maryland

9/19/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Washington

9/26/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta- WAITLIST*

9/26/2021          IRONMAN Chattanooga

10/2/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Memphis

10/24/2021        IRONMAN California - WAITLIST*

10/23/2021        IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina

10/17/2021        IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona

10/24/2021        IRONMAN 70.3 Waco

11/6/2021          IRONMAN Florida - WAITLIST*

11/21/2021        IRONMAN Arizona

12/5/2021          IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells

What if I already have a race entry but still wish to join TEAM IMF?

Athletes who have already purchased their entries are more than welcome to join TEAM IMF at a lower fundraising commitment of $1,250 for an IRONMAN 70.3 event and $2,500 for a full distance IRONMAN. These athletes enjoy the same benefits as TEAM IMF members along with creating a lasting tangible impact on their race communities.

 Who am I fundraising for?

The IRONMAN Foundation’s Community Fund directly benefits the race communities where events are held by providing charitable support to a variety of local nonprofit organizations.   Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through giveback programs led by the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 9,500 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives.

What is the cost to participate in this program?

There is a $100 registration fee to participate in TEAM IMF payable at time of registration. You receive credit for the $100 registration fee towards your fundraising efforts.

Is there a limit to how many athletes can join TEAM IMF?

Yes. There are a limited number of slots available for all TEAM IMF programs at each IRONMAN event listed. TEAM IMF slots are available on a first come, first served basis. If all the slots have been filled, TEAM IMF will start a waitlist.

Is there a required amount to fundraise?

TEAM IMF Athletes commit to raise a minimum of $3,500 for a full distance IRONMAN event and $1,750  for an IRONMAN 70.3 event.

Is there a deadline to fundraise this amount?

There are two fundraising benchmarks. The first 50% of your fundraising commitment is required 100 days prior to race date (50 days for IRONMAN 70.3 events). The entire fundraising commitment is due two (2) weeks prior to race day.

What happens if I do not raise the minimum amount by the deadlines?

If the minimum is not met by the fundraising deadlines, the credit card used to register will be charged the difference. We will make sure to communicate all deadlines well before the charge date to ensure that you are not charged without prior knowledge. In the event that your credit card is charged for the remaining donation, TEAM IMF is unable to provide any reimbursement of funds if you continue to fundraise above your required minimum.

Are donations from my donors tax deductible?

Yes! All donations received by the IRONMAN Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law for donors in the United States. Non-U.S. residents should consult with their tax advisor. The donor will receive a confirmation of their tax-deductible donation via email immediately after their donation has been made online. The tax receipt will be emailed to the donor by our donation platform partner, DonorDrive. Donors may also mail check donations to the IRONMAN Foundation with our offline donation form. Donation acknowledgment letters will be mailed to offline donors no later than January 31st of the following year.

Do I have to use the IRONMAN Foundations fundraising platform?

Yes, you must use the IRONMAN Foundation’s fundraising platform partner to collect your donations which is provided by DonorDrive and administered by Authorize.net and the IRONMAN Foundation.

Are there any "hidden" fees with this program?

The IRONMAN Foundation provides you with your TEAM IMF race entry to the IRONMAN event of your choice. Additional costs including airfare, hotel accommodations, USAT one-day membership, etc. may be required. Donors who choose to support your cause by making a donation on your personal fundraising website may elect to cover the fees that are typically absorbed by the IRONMAN Foundation. This option is completely voluntary.

How do I get my race link to officially register?

Once you meet 50% of your fundraising commitment, the IRONMAN Foundation will email you a unique link to register for your IRONMAN race via ACTIVE.com at no additional cost. Actual participation in the IRONMAN race is still contingent upon reaching your fundraising commitment in full. In the event that your fundraising goal is not met by the deadline, the IRONMAN Foundation reserves the right to pull your entry from the event.

When can I join TEAM IMF?

2021 TEAM IMF spots are available now! Availability is limited and based on a first come, first served basis.

What if I have to withdraw from the event?

If you have to withdraw from an event for any reason (including without limitation due to injury, unforeseen illness, employment conflicts, travel delays, or any other medical or personal reasons, etc.) after you have already electronically registered for the race (via the free online registration link emailed to you once you raise 50% of the fundraising minimum), you will still be responsible for your fundraising minimum. This is regardless of whether or not you, or the IRONMAN Foundation, are able to find another athlete to fill your spot on the team.

Do I receive any fundraising assistance?

Yes! As a TEAM IMF teammate, you will receive a fundraising website that donors can access and donate online, a fundraising toolkit with helpful tips, and an IRONMAN Foundation representative for any additional questions. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other TEAM IMF teammates from across the country to discuss training and fundraising through a private TEAM IMF Facebook group.

How do I register online?

Click HERE to fill out the TEAM IMF online registration form. Once this form has been submitted, you will receive an email from an IRONMAN Foundation representative with further details including the TEAM IMF Commitment Form. Once you have printed, completed, and resubmitted the TEAM IMF Commitment Form, you will receive the link to your custom fundraising page.

Is a portion of the registration fee a donation?

Yes. Your registration fee to join TEAM IMF is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law and is credited to your overall fundraising commitment. 

Can I still qualify for Kona in my age group?

Yes. As a TEAM IMF Athlete, you will still be eligible for Age Group awards, as Age Group Qualifying slots into the IRONMAN World Championship or IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

 Is there a chance to race Kona through TEAM IMF?

Yes! The TEAM IMF athlete who raises at least $40,000 and is the overall top fundraiser for the 2021 TEAM IMF season will have the opportunity to race in the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI. TEAM IMF athletes racing in 2021 who are vying for the coveted 2022 Kona slot have until December 31, 2021 to be the top fundraiser over $40,000.

**NOTE: The entire fundraising commitment is still due 2 weeks prior to your race day. The IRONMAN World Championship fundraising deadlines are for athletes who wish to fundraise above and beyond the fundraising commitment.

The athlete who is awarded the chance to participate in the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship will be personally responsible for providing their own travel expenses, including flight and lodging.

Who can I contact for support?

Your IRONMAN Foundation fundraising support team is standing by to assist you! 

We are always so happy to welcome back our TEAM IMF 'Ohana. As a past TEAM IMF athlete, we are excited to offer you a discounted fundraising commitment and no registration fee. 

For TEAM IMF Alumni participating in an IRONMAN 70.3 the fundraising commitment is $1,500. For TEAM IMF participating in an IRONMAN event, the fundraising commitment is $3,000.

All TEAM IMF alumni receive the same amazing benefits they received as a previous TEAIM IMF athlete, just a lower fundraising commitment. 

Every year we have several fundraising superstars that would like to participate in more than one TEAM IMF event. We are able to create one fundraising page for you to share with your donors and then move it after you have completed your first race. This means only one fundraising link so as not to confuse your donors and you’ll have an accurate running total of all the positive impact your fundraising is fueling. 

As a TEAM IMF Alumni athlete, you will continue to receive all the perks associated with TEAM IMF, but also receive a lower fundraising commitment. Alumni fundraising commitments are as follows:

IRONMAN - $3,000

IRONMAN 70.3 - $1,500 

If you would like to participate in a second TEAM IMF event, be sure to reach out to us at: 

athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org

During these unprecedented times, the IRONMAN Foundation Team is working hard to ensure you are well informed with the current status of your race. All race updates are posted on our IRONMAN Foundation Facebook page, the private TEAM IMF Facebook group and you will also receive email communication from us.

If you're feeling uncomfortable about racing or hitting your fundraising deadlines during these times please let us know as soon as possible and we will work with you.

For the most up-to-date race information, visit the IRONMAN updates page HERE.

As the world reopens and a new normal emerges, the IRONMAN Team has been busy reviewing the way we do things, with a focus on athlete experience, and race operations, so that we can return to racing in a way that reduces the risk for athletes and volunteers. As a result, we have developed best practice guidelines that will be implemented at races, effective immediately. 

The guidelines as we Return To Racing are located HERE. We suggest all athletes read these prior to race day.

TEAM IMF Athletes qualify for their kit after they reach their halfway fundraising deadline. Once they hit the 50% mark, they will receive an email from DonorDrive prompting them to fill out the kit size form HERE. *We cannot send a kit without the size form filled out. 

*Santini tends to run small so please check out their size chart HERE before submitting the above form. We recommend going up at least one size.

EXCHANGES

In order to exchange for a different size, please leave the tags on. You will be asked to return the kit with the tags on and packaging intact to the address below.

IRONMAN Foundation

Attn: Athlete Programs

3407 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Suite 100

Tampa, FL 33607

Before sending back your kit, please email athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org. We'll send the new one as soon as we have the other one in-hand. We will do our best to ensure everyone gets their preferred style and size, but it is first come first serve.

Your IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Entry: As mentioned in your original communication with IRONMAN Foundation staff, once your DonorDrive page is set up, your entry will be GUARANTEED! Upon reaching the halfway point of your fundraiser ($875 for an IRONMAN 70.3 and $1,750 for an IRONMAN), ACTIVE will send over the link to register for your chosen event at no additional cost to you!

How it works: Periodically, IRONMAN Foundation staff download the names of all eligible athletes who have reached their halfway fundraising goal. This list of athletes is then submitted to Athlete Services who in turn create a unique link so that TEAM IMF can register for their selected race. As this is done periodically, registration links could take 2-3 weeks to reach your inbox. BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR SPAM/JUNK MAIL. These links are coming to you from ACTIVE and NOT the IRONMAN Foundation. 

In addition, if your selected race has not opened for registration, you will not be receiving your unique registration link until it does. You will absolutely be receiving a link though and your spot is guaranteed. If this does happen, this is a great indication that you are an AMAZING fundraiser!

2021 EVENT DATE EVENT NAME HALFWAY FUNDRAISING DEADLINE FINAL FUNDRAISING DEADLINE  
3/21/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico  1/30/2021 3/7/2021  
3/27/2021 IRONAMAN 70.3 Oceanside 2/5/2021 3/13/2021  
4/11/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Texas 2/20/2021 3/28/2021  
4/18/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Florida  2/27/2021 4/4/2021  
4/24/2021 IRONMAN Texas 1/14/2021 4/10/2021  
5/1/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 St. George  3/12/2021 4/17/2021  
5/8/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa 3/19/2021 4/24/2021  
5/15/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast 3/26/2021 5/1/2021  
5/23/2021 IRONMAN Tulsa 2/12/2021 5/9/2021  
5/23/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga 4/3/2021 5/9/2021  
5/30/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria 4/10/2021 5/16/2021  
6/5/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii 4/16/2021 5/22/2021  
6/6/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Virginia's Blue Ridge 4/17/2021 5/23/2021  
6/13/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman  4/24/2021 5/30/2021  
6/20/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines 5/1/2021 6/6/2021  
6/27/2021 IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene 3/19/2021 6/13/2021  
6/27/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Mont Tremblant  5/8/2021 6/13/2021  
6/27/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead 5/8/2021 6/13/2021  
7/11/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Musselman  5/22/2021 6/27/2021  
7/25/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio 6/5/2021 7/11/2021  
7/25/2021 IRONMAN Lake Placid  4/16/2021 7/11/2021  
8/7/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder  6/18/2021 7/24/2021  
8/22/2021 IRONMAN Mont Tremblant 5/14/2021 8/8/2021  
8/29/2021 IRONMAN Canada Penticton 5/21/2021 8/15/2021  
8/29/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Maine 7/10/2021 8/15/2021  
9/12/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Traverse City  7/24/2021 8/29/2021  
9/12/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin  7/24/2021 8/29/2021  
9/12/2021 IRONMAN Wisconsin  6/4/2021 8/29/2021  
9/12/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City 7/24/2021 8/29/2021  
TBD IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Cruz 7/24/2021 8/29/2021  
9/18/2021 IRONMAN Maryland  6/10/2021 9/4/2021  
9/19/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Washington 7/31/2021 9/5/2021  
9/26/2021 IRONMAN Chattanooga 6/18/2021 9/12/2021  
9/26/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta 8/7/2021 9/12/2021  
10/2/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie  8/13/2021 9/18/2021  
TBD IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona 8/28/2021 10/3/2021  
10/23/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina 9/3/2021 10/9/2021  
10/24/2021 IRONMAN California 7/16/2021 10/10/2021  
10/24/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Waco 9/4/2021 10/10/2021  
11/6/2021 IRONMAN Florida 7/29/2021 10/23/2021  
TBD IRONMAN Arizona 8/13/2021 11/7/2021  
12/5/2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells 10/16/2021 11/21/2021  
  • The first “halfway benchmark” requires you to have at least 50% of your fundraising goal reflected on your fundraising page either 50 or 100 days prior to your race date.
    • Benchmark Charge for IRONMAN 70.3 Distance: 50 Days
      1. 50 day required benchmark amount is: $875
    • Benchmark Charge for IRONMAN Full Distance: 100 Days
      1. 100 day required benchmark amount is: $1,750
  • The final deadline requires you to have the entire committed amount raised and reflected on your fundraising page 2 weeks prior to your race date.
  • If the benchmark minimums are not met by the deadlines, the credit card used when you registered for TEAM IMF will be charged the difference. If your credit card is charged, we are unable to provide any reimbursement of funds if you fundraise above the corresponding required minimum: $1,750 for IRONMAN 70.3 and $3,500 for IRONMAN 140.6.

As per your signed commitment form, you are responsible for completing the fundraising requirement. The first 50% of the fundraising minimum must be raised by either 100 days prior to a full IRONMAN or 50 days before an IRONMAN 70.3. The total fundraising minimum must be raised by the date two weeks before the date of the agreed event. If you do not raise these full amounts, you will personally be responsible for the remaining amount.

If you choose to withdraw from the event due to any personal reasons or injury you are still responsible for the entire fundraising minimum, regardless of whether or not you participate in the event. If you have not submitted either of the fundraising minimums by the fundraising deadlines as indicated on your original commitment form you have authorized the IRONMAN Foundation to charge the balance of the applicable minimum pledge amount due to your credit card.  

Fundraising Basics

  • You are fundraising for the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund. The Community Fund is our funding source for our charitable grants and programs. Take a look at our top 10 impact stories HERE and our YouTube page HERE 
  • EVERY donation is 100% tax-deductible within the US, including offline check donations and corporate matching. For athletes raising money outside the US, please consult with your personal tax accountant. 
  • In 2021, we will award over 1,500 grants totaling over $2 MILLION in giveback for local nonprofit groups within our IRONMAN race communities.  

Online Donations: 

Personalize your fundraising website 

Share your fundraising website EVERYWHERE! 

  • Put it on your social media platforms 
  • Recruit friends/family to put your link on their social media 
  • Include link in your email signatures 
  • Create cheap/free business cards that have your link 
  • Every time you post about training, include your link 

Every donation is 100% tax deductible and donors can use the email they receive from “DonorDrive” as their receipt for tax purposes. 

Offline Donations: 

Donors who wish to write a check: 

The check should be made out to “IRONMAN Foundation”. In the memo, donors should put your last name & your IRONMAN event. Mail in the check(s) with the Offline Donation Form. 

IRONMAN Foundation 

3407 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Suite 100 

Tampa, FL 33607 

Mailed in checks can take at least 10 days to reflect on your DonorDrive page from the time placed in the mail. Times may vary depending on geographical location and time of year (checks received between May – November may have a bit of a delay if we are traveling to events). Once checks are received, they are processed and immediately reflected on your website to count towards your fundraising minimum.  

Every donation is 100% tax-deductible and donors will be mailed a donation receipt from the IRONMAN Foundation that can be used for tax purposes. Tax letters are mailed no later than January 31st of the following year. 

Click HERE to download the Offline Donation Form 

Donors who wish to donate with cash: 

The IRONMAN Foundation does not recommend sending in cash in the mail and is not held liable if it goes missing. 

  • Personally write a check for the amount and send it in with an Offline Donation Form reflecting their name as the donor. 
  • Donate to your fundraising website with your credit card. 

Matching Gift Donations: 

Matching Gift donations will NOT count towards your fundraising if they are “pending”. Matching Gift donations will only be counted towards your fundraising once we receive the physical check. Once the check is received, it will be processed and reflected on your fundraising website to count towards your fundraising minimum. 

Many companies agree to match a donation an employee has made to a charity. Remind every donor to check with their company to see if they have a “Matching Gift Program”. Typically, there is a form that the donor must fill out for the company. 

If you are aware of a pending Matching Gift, email info@ironmanfoundation.org to check if we need to confirm the amount before they process. 

IMPORTANT: Be sure to research your matching gift policy. Companies pay out either monthly, quarterly, semi-annually or annually. 

Non-U.S. Residents: 

If your donor is a non-U.S. resident, they should check with their tax advisors prior to donating to see if their donation will be tax-deductible in their country 

ASK! It is recommended that you ask your HR manager on their Matching Gift Programs. You can also find a list of many companies that have Matching Gift Programs online HERE. They will then provide you with the next steps on submitting a Matching Gift Request, and any additional paperwork you may need to provide

Do I need a fundraising plan? Just like training for your IRONMAN event, a plan is only going to help you achieve your goal. The most successful fundraisers have one thing in common, they have a clear strategy to reach their goal and they have mapped out a path for themselves. If you’re unsure how to create your path, no problem! We encourage all athletes to use the Facebook Groups that have been created to share ideas and strategies and you can also reach out to us at the IRONMAN Foundation at any time.

What kind of fundraising help is available to me? Whether this is the 10th time you’ve done this, or your very first-time raising funds and training for a big race, we’ve got your back.

If you’re ever stuck on how to reach that fundraising goal, contact your Athlete Development Team for more ideas how to raise money with sample outreach letters/ thank you letters and social media posts.

I feel weird asking for money, any suggestions? One of the hardest things to get past is the idea that you’re “asking for money”. You choose to race for the IRONMAN Foundation because together, we are making a difference in the lives of people in race communities around the world. People will support you for the same reason, they believe in YOU! They see how hard you’re training and your desire to make a difference. You’re not asking for cash to buy lunch, you’re asking them to be a part of something bigger. You’re inviting them to take part in your physical and fundraising challenge. People contribute because it makes them feel good, the fact they that they are contributing to you personally, is even better!

When should I thank my donors? Always send a timely thank you note. DonorDrive is a great fundraising platform as it has an automatic thank you generator that you can customize to share even more of your story. It will also let you know every time someone donates to you online. An additional suggestion is thanking your donors through social media like Facebook and Instagram. This allows you to recognize your supporters in a public forum for everyone to see. It makes them feel appreciated and it also allows you to share your story without feeling like you’re asking for more donations. People are more likely to donate to your cause when they are appreciated. Try saying something personal with each post about each donor. People will donate just to see what you say about them!

Are the donations I receive tax-deductible?  Yes! All donations received by the IRONMAN Foundation are fully tax-deductible by law in the United States. Non-U.S. residents should consult with their tax advisor. The donor will receive a confirmation of their tax-deductible donation via email immediately after their donation has been made online. The tax receipt will be emailed to the donor by our processor, Authorize.net. Any offline donations sent into the IRONMAN Foundation will be mailed a tax letter from the IRONMAN Foundation. These letters will be mailed to the donor no later than January 31st the following year.

Are donations from my non-US donors tax deductible? Donors should always check with their tax advisor to make sure that their contribution is tax deductible according to their country’s tax regulations.

I need your 501c3 Letter of Determination.

Please see our 501c3 Letter of Determination HERE.

What if someone wants to donate using a check? In order for your donations to reflect on your fundraising website, any offline donations must be made out to the IRONMAN Foundation.

If you receive an offline donation, please complete the form HERE and send it in with your payment to:

IRONMAN Foundation
3407 West Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

Suite 100
Tampa, FL 33607

I have more questions where do I go? Feel free to shoot us an email at athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org. We are here to support you!

Fundraising Strategies

The IRONMAN Foundation team is here to help every step of the way! We can assist in the development of your personal fundraising plan, offer ideas and suggestions, and encourage you to not only achieve your goals but to exceed them. Below is a deep dive into three basic strategies on how to successfully fundraise.  

Personal Appeals

Personal appeals are direct requests for support to individuals, clubs, organizations, businesses, and corporations. There are five key steps to implementing an appeal: 

  • Step One: Identify your prospects
  • Step Two: Select your approach 
  • Step Three: Select the style and format of the written appeal 
  • Step Four: Suggest the level of giving
  • Step Five: Follow up

Events & Other Activities 

These can be conducted alone or with the support of a group. Never be afraid to ask for help with organizing or running your event. This will reduce your workload, enabling you to free up time to implement your other fundraising initiatives! 

Community Relations

The more people who know about your participation in an IRONMAN event and that you’re participating through the IRONMAN Foundation, the better! There are a few ways you can inform your community what you are up to: 

  • Media 
  • Speaker’s tour (Local service clubs, etc.) 
  • Social media 

The personal appeal is the most efficient and effective way to raise money.  It’s targeted, direct and easy. The following steps are designed to assist you. 

Step One: Identify Your Prospects 

Think Big!  During your life, you have likely made a lot of acquaintances. In developing your prospect list, think first in terms of groupings of people, not individuals.  Review the following groups of people and then identify individuals you know in each. 

  • Family and Relatives 
  • Friends and Social Circle 
  • Work Associates 
  • Companies and Corporations 
  • Clubs and Organizations 
  • Neighbors 
  • School Acquaintances 
  • Alumni Associations 
  • Community Groups 
  • Community Businesses 
  • Anyone you’ve supported in the past 

This should help you get thinking in the right direction. QUANTITY is important. The more prospects you ask – the more donations you will receive! 

Step Two: Select Your Approach 

How are you going to share your personal story with the people you are asking for a donation? Select the best way to tell them why you are doing this and why they should support your efforts. 

  • Face to Face: This is the best approach for larger gifts or in situations where the opportunity presents itself. 
  • Letter/Email: The most efficient way to reach a large quantity of prospects. 
  • Telephone: Effective as a follow-up to a mail solicitation. 

HELPFUL HINT: The most proven and effective approach for raising funds for the IRONMAN Foundation is a letter campaign to all prospects, followed by phone calls or, if appropriate, personal visits. Special events are great, but don’t base your entire campaign on their success. 

Step Three: Select the Style and Format of the Written Appeals 

A writing campaign is the best way to create a solid foundation for your fundraising efforts. The style and format will depend on your audience. 

Styles: 

  • Serious, emotionally driven
  • Light, humorous 
  • Combination of the above 

Format: 

  • Form letter (same letter to every individual): This is not recommended as it suggests to the prospective donor that they are just another name on your list. If you don’t take the time to ask for a donation from them personally, why should they take the time to donate to you? 
  • Personal Letter (personalized for each prospective donor): These are the most effective letters and should be used as much as possible. Integrate personal information into your message or as a “P.S.” to make it even more personal. Postage paid envelopes may be included with your letter but remember they can take up to two to three weeks to arrive at the IRONMAN Foundation office. 

HELPFUL HINT: Samples of successful letters are included at the end of this section. 

Step Four: Suggest the Level of Giving 

It is helpful for donors to know the level of contribution that you would like them to consider. Do not underestimate the donor’s willingness to give. It will be easier to reach your fundraising goal if you have some larger gifts in the mix. 

Do not be afraid to ask for a donation of $25 or $50 for the general audience or $100 or $200 if you know that the individual can give at that level. 

HELPFUL HINT: Include the donor forms (provided with your participant package) with your personal appeal letters. This will make it easy for them to submit a donation to your campaign. 

Remember, you need to emphasize that you need their gift at the time of the “ask” since you have fundraising goals to meet. Suggest a return date for their donation that is within three weeks of when your letter was sent. This is not a “pledge” campaign where donors provide their check after you complete the race. 

Step Five: Follow Up 

Follow up phone calls can increase your response rate by as much as 20%! People get busy, set mail aside to answer later and forget they received your appeal. A friendly phone call to explain what you are doing and why can remind someone of a donation they meant to make. It makes a huge difference to your fundraising success. 

HELPFUL HINT: Carry a fundraising letter and donor form with you everywhere you go. As one of our many repeat participants explains, “If you see anyone you know, give them the letter. Be persistent.  What you are doing is huge both in fundraising and training and people need to know that.” You’re more likely to receive significant donations if they are aware of the time, effort and challenge of the commitment you have undertaken.

There are several ways to raise money through special events and activities. With any event, be sure to leave yourself plenty of time to plan and do not schedule a major fundraising event within two months of your race date. 

Event examples are described in detail in the following section along with other ideas. This list is not intended to be inclusive so be creative! 

  • Admission Fee or Donation: Plan a cocktail party, dinner party or other social activity. It’s a great way to reconnect with old friends, meet new people and ask for additional donations in-person! 
  • Fee for Participation/Registration: Softball tournament, card tournament, trivial pursuit tournament is a fun alternative. (Please be sure to discuss any sports events with us in advance as there are some restrictions involved.)
  • Silent Auction: Ask businesses in your area to donate items such as sports tickets or memorabilia, weekend getaways, spa packages, dinner certificates, etc. People are usually more than generous when bidding on an item they can enjoy for themselves. Plus, the companies that make the donation can get an in-kind receipt! 
  • Fee for Service: Got some spare time on your hands? Think of different services you can provide for others including serving a special meal, providing business services, walking your neighbor’s dog, babysitting for a friend, etc. 
  • Sale of Items: Still haven’t cleaned out your garage or closet? Garage sales are a great way to get rid of your old stuff and raise money for your campaign. Ask friends and family if they have anything they would like to donate to your sale. 

Remember, the key to a successful special event is good planning. In planning your event, determine all potential fundraising opportunities associated with the event and select the opportunities that represent the greatest potential for dollars.

Informing your community of your efforts for the IRONMAN Foundation can significantly increase the amount of money you raise. Remember, you are a supporter of the IRONMAN Foundation cause. Always mention why you are racing with the IRONMAN Foundation and highlight your personal story. 

  • Media: Contact your local radio stations, television stations and newspapers to let them know about your participation with the IRONMAN Foundation. Make follow up phone calls. If you live in larger communities, try targeting the smaller neighborhood papers in the area. These papers will often do an article on your efforts. 
  • Speaker’s Tour: Local service clubs are always looking for speakers to provide programming for their meetings. Contact them and offer to talk about your participation with the IRONMAN Foundation. You can then also ask for their support of your campaign.  Offer to visit after you complete your race and share your race day experiences and thank them for their support. 
  • Social Media
    • Place your fundraising link in your email signature, your Facebook page, Twitter account and Blog 
    • Use the IRONMAN Foundation logos/images provided as your Facebook profile picture or cover photo 
    • Share IRONMAN Foundation posts on your Facebook timeline 
    • Follow/Like the IRONMAN Foundation and engage with other TEAM IMF Athletes. Invite your friends to like/follow the IRONMAN Foundation page too! 
    • Use Facebook events to invite your friends to a fundraiser 
    • Take pictures of your training, races, fundraisers and post them on Instagram. Tag them with #RaceForMore, #TEAMIMF, #IRONMANFoundation 
    • Check out 8 weeks of Facebook status examples HERE.

Fundraising Ideas

1. SAMPLE EMAIL TO DONORS: INITIAL

SUBJECT: Exciting Announcement for 2021!

Hi (NAME)!

I am pleased to announce that this year I will be competing in IRONMAN [INSERT RACE NAME]. An IRONMAN event is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. It is typically regarded as the most challenging endurance event in the world. Completing an IRONMAN event should be an exciting experience and will require months of preparation and training.

With such a big personal commitment ahead of me, I have decided to make this IRONMAN journey about more more than me. I have partnered with the IRONMAN Foundation as a TEAM IMF Athlete and committed to fundraise at least $3,500 for our race communities.

I can’t do this alone;  I need your help!

Please help me reach my goal by making a donation on my personal fundraising website at [INSERT PERSONAL SITE LINK].

On my website is more information about my journey and the IRONMAN Foundation. I will be sure to keep you updated on my fundraising and training progress. I thank you, in advance, for your support and appreciate your generosity.

Sincerely,
Your Name

(P.S. This would be a great spot to put a personal tidbit that makes this email unique to the donor!)

2. SAMPLE EMAIL TO DONORS: FOLLOW UP 

Subject: IRONMAN Update!

Dear Friends & Family,

It is now months into my fundraising and training and it is going great! The countdown to race day is officially [INSERT AMOUNT OF DAYS]  days.

(Insert funny/struggle anecdote about a training experience you had recently.)

As of today, I am [INSERT NUMBER OF DOLLARS] away from my fundraising goal to support The IRONMAN Foundation.

In 2019, The IRONMAN Foundation provided $1.7 million (over 1,500 grants) back to local nonprofit groups within IRONMAN race communities all over North America. Every nonprofit is deserving and impacted in a significant way. The reason I’m dedicated to helping fuel The IRONMAN Foundation’s mission is simple: they are providing real change to real people in real communities; communities that keep me safe for 140.6 miles while I’m swimming, biking, and running.

I can’t wait to cross the finish line and know I’ve accomplished a personal goal for myself, but I am more excited to reach the $3,500 fundraising goal to help local charities that support me on race day.

I can swim, bike, and run on my own but I need your help to reach my ultimate fundraising goal. Please go to [INSERT FUNDRAISING SITE LINK] to make a donation on my personal fundraising website. You can also read more about the IRONMAN Foundation and track my training and fundraising progress.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,
Your Name

3. SAMPLE EMAIL TO DONORS: FOLLOW UP 

Subject: THANK YOU!

Hi (Name)!

Thank you so much for your donation. I really appreciate your support with my training and fundraising efforts. With your help, I have raised [INSERT DOLLARS RAISED]  and only have [INSERT AMOUNT TO GOAL]  left to go until I reach my goal of $3,500!

Training and fundraising has been such a great experience and I am so excited to see the impact that your fundraising dollars bring.

As an example, here are just a few ways the IRONMAN Foundation (and donors like you!) has helped:

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Qhebeka, in Johannesburg, South Africa provided 100 bicycles, helmets, locks and additional safety items to essential service workers in Cape Town townships.  These workers are providing food and medical delivery services to the most vulnerable in their communities.

150 hand washing stations including portable plastic sinks, soap, reusable towels, paper towels and more were delivered to households within the Navajo Nation through The WATERED.  These components became extremely difficult to obtain due to restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 within the Navajo Nation.

The YMCA of Chesapeake provided scholarships for childcare to medical professionals, first responders and essential workers during the pandemic on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. The scholarships are providing 50 weeks of enriching childcare in a safe and clean location.

8,100 non-sterile face masks were upcycled from new and unused race t-shirts and donated to the Nashville Rescue Mission for distribution to vulnerable populations in the Nashville, TN community.

$15,000 in Humanitarian Relief funding was distributed to three charitable organizations supporting our race communities impacted by the 2020 Northern California wildfires.

For additional details about all 2020 IRONAID and Humanitarian Relief grantees visit the IRONMAN Foundation Press Coverage Page.

As the race approaches, I will be sure to send you a link where you can follow my progress as I compete in. Thank you, again, for your continued support!

Sincerely,
Your Name

 

Let’s Have A Party!: What a great reason to have a party! Why not incorporate a silent auction into your party too. Possible themes include: 

    • Gourmet Dinner Party: Treat your guests to the finest cooking, or the finest your local restaurants have to offer.  Team members have held a community lobster dinner and raised $6,000. 
    • Progressive Feast: Ask your friends to commit to providing one stage of the meal at their homes (e.g., cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert and night cap). 
    • Wine Tasting Party: Contact your local wine shop to see if they can provide a wine expert. Consider an auction for a bottle of premium wine. 
    • Special Holidays or Events:  Take advantage of a special holiday or event.  Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or the Stanley Cup Playoffs with a party.  Team members have had a Super Bowl party and raised $900. 

Take Your Goal to Work: Your co-workers can be a wonderful source of support.  Consider forming a fundraising campaign team within your workplace and conduct events throughout your organization.  Ask to include a piece on your IRONMAN journey in your company newsletter.  Also consider... 

  • Company Silent Auction: Ask co-workers to bring an item or two they have “laying around the house.”  Set up a silent auction at work and let it run for a day or two. 
  • Suppliers/Corporate Contacts: If it is appropriate for your workplace, approach your corporate contacts/clients or suppliers. Team members have reached out to corporate contacts and raised over $7,500 through only 5 donations. 
  • Casual Day: This is a great promotion for those who work in a formal, office environment.  For a donation, (e.g., $5 or more) an individual has the “company OK” to dress casually (jeans, no ties, etc.) for a specified day(s). 
  • AuctionsAuctions can be either silent or live and often both are held together. Try to get one or two big-ticket items like a big screen tv, a bike, a year-long gym membership, tickets for professional sports teams, etc.  If you are doing a live auction, it is better to have just a few items so people don’t get bored. Try to find someone who has experience in being an auctioneer. They will be able to help increase the amount paid for items and have the event run smoother.  

Fee for Participation/Registration: Hold a softball tournament, trivial pursuit tournament, pool tournament, scavenger hunt, etc. and charge each person a fee to enter.  Ask a local restaurant or pub if they would host your event and perhaps donate part of the evening’s profits to your campaign. 

Fee for Service: Pick a day when your services are for sale.  You could rake leaves, help someone clean out their attic, offer your computer skills, dog walking services, babysitting, catering services, etc.  Set “prices” for minimum donations for your range of services.  Offer to remove unwanted items found during your cleanup and use them in a garage sale. 

Sell SomethingWhat do you have that people may want to buy?  “One man’s junk is another man’s treasure!”  Consider... 

  • Garage Sale: Team up with neighbors and co-workers and ask them to search through attics, basements and garages for unwanted items.  Put up posters and signs to advertise your garage sale.  Ask neighbors and friends to assist you to staff the event. Team members have raised as much as $1,600 from a community garage sale. 
  • Bake Sale: Works well at the workplace and at church after a service. 
  • Book Sale: Collect unwanted books from supporters over time and then hold a book sale. This could be done at work or as part of a larger event.  Any unsold books could be taken to a used bookstore to sell or donated to a charity or thrift store. 
  • Baskets: Put together gift baskets of donated items and sell them for any occasion – birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Easter, Christmas, etc. They are also great silent auction items! 

Pub Night: Several participants have held variations of pub nights.  First, find a bar or pub that allows you to use the space for free and possibly even some snacks. See if you can find a local band and/or comedian to donate their time or perform for a minimal fee. Select an entertaining MC to get people in the right mood to have a good time but still be supportive of your cause. Sell tickets for the evening and share on social media. Try to sell as many tickets ahead of time as possible. Have door prizes, a silent auction and coin boxes out on the bar.

RAISE $1,406 FAST:

Sponsor yourself – Start the Trend! $106 

Ask 4 family members to donate $75 Each: $300 

Ask 16 friends to donate $30 each: $480 

Ask 12 coworkers to donate $25 each: $300 

Ask for a company contribution: $100 

Ask 6 neighbors for $20 each: $120 

TOTAL: $1,406!! 

Local Businesses: During your campaign, make sure to contact local businesses, especially the small ones in your local neighborhood.  Ask them to donate $25-$200 (or whatever they can afford). The small donations can add up quickly and put you one step closer to your goal.  This method is especially effective in small communities and larger cities with defined neighborhoods.

Store Front Collections: Ask your local grocery store, coffee shop or bank if you can spend a Saturday asking patrons to support your efforts or be allowed to leave a coin box near the cash register. 

Create a Fundraising Team: We all have friends who may not be able to donate to our campaign, as much as they would like to.  Ask them to join your fundraising team!  Find ten friends and ask each to ask ten of their friends to donate $10 – resulting in $1,000! 

VIRTUAL IRONMAN - 140.6 MILE CHALLENGE:

An IRONMAN Triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run for a total of 140.6 miles. An IRONMAN triathlon is a one-day event and must be completed in 17 hours or less. Invite your friends to join you in a VIRTUAL IRONMAN Challenge.

SAMPLE EMAIL
Dear friend!

Join me in a Virtual IRONMAN Challenge and complete 140.6 miles too! I have 17 hours to complete my challenge but you have {#} months to complete yours! 

Goal: Complete 140.6 miles by the time I hit the start line for {IRONMAN event} on {Date} 
How to join the challenge: Donate $50 or more to the IRONMAN Foundation (100% tax deductible!). Click here to join: [INSERT FUNDRAISING SITE LINK]
Rules: 

  1. Between February 1st and [INSERT IRONMAN EVENT DATE] log every mile you swim, bike, run, walk, hike, ski, pogo stick, kayak, etc. You can cover the distance any way you like and, in any increment – just get in those miles! 
  2. Track your miles and be sure to post/email me your updates. 
  3. Once you hit 140.6 you will get bragging rights and [INSERT A FINISHER AWARD YOU DECIDE]  

You have [INSERT NUMBER] weeks which breaks down to a mere [INSERT NUMBER] miles a week – YOU CAN DO IT! Recruit friends to join you! 

Sincerely,
Your Name

Tips for setting up the VIRTUAL IRONMAN Challenge: 

  • Create a group for everyone who enters on Facebook so they can track their progress together 
  • Finisher Award Ideas: 
    • Create a T-shirt 
    • Create a medal/trophy 
    • Finisher Certificate 
    • Mock Race Bib 
    • Mock Finish Line Tape 

Let the whole world know that your friends/family are challenging themselves. Post on their social media sites to let them know you’re supporting them and they’re supporting you; fitness and donating is infectious! 

IRONMAN Foundation Logos

Be sure to use a TEAM IMF Logo for your fundraising campaign on DonorDrive. Logos may not be used on apparel or on other sites without permission of the IRONMAN Foundation. 

Email athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org with any other questions. 

DonorDrive

DonorDrive is a fundraising platform dedicated to the idea that raising money for charity and giving back should be an easy and rewarding experience. DonorDrive’s custom built platform has proven to be a huge asset to fundraisers, charities, and events in managing and assisting everybody’s efforts to raise the most money for charity and share their stories in a more personal, compelling way.

Is my information secure?

Yes. DonorDrive, Authorize.net and the IRONMAN Foundation have made every effort to protect your information. We use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the internet. We have also installed an encryption engine on our database server so that your data is securely stored.

Will DonorDrive, Authorize.net, or the IRONMAN Foundation share my information?

We maintain only personal information that is voluntarily submitted to us. We will only share information with a third party if and when the individual submitting this information has permitted us to do so, or if we are required by law to do so.

Why is it so important to customize my fundraising page? 
115% of fundraisers who customize their page saw a 2000% increase in donations. For real. By customizing your fundraising page, you are creating a compelling story so every person who lands on your page will want to give. Start by customizing the story section of your page. Make sure it shares  why you are so passionate about the IRONMAN Foundation and what each donation means to you. This is the page your supporters are going to land on, so you need to make sure they don't leave without donating. 

In addition to a great story, add pictures and even a short video to help illustrate your cause. Now, I know what you're thinking... 

How do I add/edit photos to my campaign? 
To upload a photo to your fundraising page, go to Your Page. Here you will see pencil icons over the customizable sections. You can change your main profile photo, cover photo or include a photo or video in the story section. It’s very user friendly! 

How do I update my story? 
To update your story, make sure you're logged in to your DonorDrive account. Go to Your Page and click on the pencil icon in the My Story section. Here you can share your personal story, again, you can add photos and video here too! 

TIP: If you add a photo in the “My Story” section, that photo will be the one used when sharing your page link on Facebook! Otherwise, when sharing your link on Facebook, a generic IRONMAN Foundation photo will be used.  

Why should I set a goal for my fundraiser? 
Setting a goal for your fundraising page keeps everyone updated on how close you are to hitting that goal. People will want to help you get there if you give them a reason why it's so important to you.

DonorDrive teamed up with Facebook to provide a seamless experience for participants as they fundraise through Facebook Fundraisers. Facebook Fundraising is a great way to get your fundraising efforts in front of your closest friends and family. On average, a Facebook Fundraiser campaign raises $150 or more.

TEAM IMF Athletes have to opportunity to create a Facebook Fundraiser during any point of their fundraising journey through their DonorDrive account. Every donation you receive on DonorDrive will sync to your Facebook Fundraiser, and every donation you receive on Facebook will sync back to your DonorDrive page. Click HERE for the step-by-step instructions on how to start a Facebook Fundraiser.

*Please note, Facebook Fundraisers MUST be created directly through your DonorDrive profile. If you create a Facebook Fundraiser through Facebook, your donations will not sync with your DonorDrive account and we have no way to credit them back to you.

We’re excited to announce a new TEAM IMF Fundraising TEAMS opportunity for 2021!!!

Here’s how it works:  

  1. TEAM IMF Athletes can set up a Team on DonorDrive following the instructions HERE. 
  2. Once your team is set up, you can start recruiting team members using your team link.  
  3. Your team members will create a DonorDrive page using that link. They will have their own page, but it will be under one team. 

**Fundraising Teams are intended for individual TEAM IMF Athletes. Recruit your friends, family, neighbors, etc. to join your team, not other TEAM IMF members. Your team members will be fundraising with you and FOR you. 

If you run into any trouble creating your team, please reach out to athletesupport@ironmanfoundation.org

TEAM IMF Facebook Group

Click HERE to join the TEAM IMF Facebook group! With over 700 members, you have the chance to connect with other TEAM IMF Athletes and share fundraising successes, training tips and motivational support to your fellow teammates. This is a great resource for you if you have questions or would like to connect with other athletes in your race. It provides a sense of community during your long months of training and fundraising! 

This is your group, your ‘Ohana

This is a group that you have committed to and a group that is also committed to you! As a family, we all want to make this forum helpful, encouraging and full of aloha. This is your TEAM Facebook page, share, but please be respectful.

Restricted Topics

This is a safe space for our athletes to support each other in creating positive impact in our race communities. Please be kind, encouraging and supportive of all members. To help maintain the group’s supportive environment, please, no harsh posts concerning race, religion, gender identity, politics, weapons or violence.

We love online shopping…just not in the group

We love a good deal as much as the next person. However, please do not use this group to solicit for businesses. PLEASE share those awesome fundraising ideas, the items you’re creating to raise funds, but please no spam or irrelevant links.

Questionable content

This is a tough one. One person’s humor can be offensive to someone else. If you have to stop and question whether you should post something or not, you probably shouldn’t post it. Vulgarity or obscene material will be deleted and the member too.

Overseeing the group

IMF Staff reserve the right to remove group postings and/or group members at their discretion.

Facebook Fundraisers MUST be created directly through your DonorDrive profile. If you create a Facebook Fundraiser through Facebook, your donations will not sync with your DonorDrive account and we have no way to credit them back to you.

DonorDrive teamed up with Facebook to provide a seamless experience for participants as they fundraise through Facebook Fundraisers. Facebook Fundraising is a great way to get your fundraising efforts in front of your closest friends and family. On average, a Facebook Fundraiser campaign raises $150 or more.

TEAM IMF Athletes have to opportunity to create a Facebook Fundraiser during any point of their fundraising journey through their DonorDrive account. Every donation you receive on DonorDrive will sync to your Facebook Fundraiser, and every donation you receive on Facebook will sync back to your DonorDrive page. Click HERE for instructions. 

Webinar Resources

The IRONMAN Foundation Team is hosting Race For More Webinars for TEAM IMF Athletes on a regular basis. If you were not able to join live, no worries! We will be posting the resources we discuss here.

Race for More Webinar 4.16.2020 - Check out IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Coach Brent Pease's circuits for those who are lacking a pool option HERE.

Race For More Webinar 4.23.2020 - Having issues with IRONMAN VR? Check out the Help Center HERE.

Race For More Webinar 6.18.2020 - Special guests Morgon Latimore and Dave Christen. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 6.25.2020 - Special guest Paula Newby-Fraser. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 7.9.2020 - Special guests Mike Reilly and the Purschke Family. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 7.16.2020 - Special guest Shannon Spake. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 7.23.2020 - Special guest Sarah True. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 7.30.2020 - Special guest Mark Allen. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 8.20.2020 - Special guests Mike Ergo and Lisa Anderson. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 8.27.2020 - Special guests Brent and Kyle Pease. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 9.17.2020 - Special guests Ambassadors and TEAM IMF Athletes who have found fundraising success. View the recording HERE.

Race For More Webinar 9.24.2020 - Rinny-Reilly Ride For The IRONAID 140.6. View the recording HERE.

2020 Visit Panama City Beach IRONMAN Florida and IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast TEAM IMF Virtual Pre-Race Meetup, 11.6.2020: Click HERE

IRONMAN VC and VR

Your go-to hub for all things IRONMAN®. Train, compete, and celebrate your achievements with a global community of fellow athletes no matter where you are.

You can join for free at any time HERE

  1. Train and take on challenges set by IRONMAN U Master Coaches and the IRONMAN community of global partners.
  2. Race IRONMAN® VR™, the newest IRONMAN race series featuring fun and engaging global competitions in dynamic formats.
  3. Earn points towards rewards for training and competing.

1. Login to your existing IRONMAN® account or create your profile to sync your wearable device app with your IRONMAN Virtual Club Dashboard.

2. Track your training, Challenges, and IRONMAN® VR™ races via your wearable device and sync your activity to your IRONMAN VIRTUAL CLUB profile upon completion.

3. Earn points for your activities. E.g. training sessions, challenges, or IRONMAN VR races

4. Redeem your points for great Rewards.

5. Stock up on IRONMAN VR swag by completing IRONMAN VR races.

IRONMAN VC & VR- Registration Steps

VIDEO - How To Connect Your Training Device

VIDEO - How To Sign Up For a Virtual Race

IRONMAN VC & VR Help Center

Explanation of IRONMAN VR Divisions

Special Events

What is The IRONAID 140.6?

The IRONAID 140.6 is a 30-day IRONMAN VR Challenge to athletes to dedicate a cumulative 140.6 run/bike miles to the IRONMAN Foundation’s IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund.  

When did the challenge start?  

The 2020 IRONAID 140.6 virtual challenge started at 12:01 AM EDT on Tuesday, September 1, and ended at 11:59 PM EDT on Wednesday, September 30, 2020. 

Be sure to check back for more information on all special events. 

What is the 24/7 Ride for Relief?

The IRONMAN Foundation 24/7 Ride For Relief is 24-hour consistent bike ride for 7 straight days to provide support and awareness of the mission of the IRONMAN Foundation and the IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund. 

When did the ride start?  

The 2020 IRONMAN Foundation 24/7 Ride For Relief started at 12 PM EDT on Saturday, May 16, and ended at 12 PM EDT on Saturday, May 23. Incorporating the IRONMAN VR Challenge, the event started and ended with a group ride on Rouvy.

Be sure to check back for more information on all special events. 

GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.

For GivingTuesday 2020, 

  • Rock This Town, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation® invites runners to the Rock This Town Turkey Trot through the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running Club. Runners are encouraged to run or walk a 5K or more between the United States Thanksgiving on November 26 and Giving Tuesday on December 1.
  • For every runner that takes part, the IRONMAN Foundation will donate $1 to Feeding America for those facing hunger this holiday season.
  • Sign up here
  • Facebook will match all qualifying donations up to $7 million USD on December 1. Make sure your Facebook fundraiser is connected to your DonorDrive page in order to receive credit!