ST. GEORGE, Utah. / TAMPA, Fla. (October 25, 2022) – The IRONMAN® Foundation will distribute $75,000 in giveback to charitable initiatives and groups in the greater St. George region in conjunction with the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission. Combined with the giveback for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission that took place in May, the IRONMAN Foundation’s overall 2022 giveback in St. George will be over $190,000, bringing the total amount awarded to the region to more than $655,000 since IRONMAN started conducting events in St. George in 2010.
In IRONMAN host cities worldwide, The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations. In all of 2022, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $2 million in grant funding to support the needs of race communities around the world. In conjunction with the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission, the following six local nonprofit organizations will receive Community Grant awards:
- Building Character Troop 1830 to assist with the acquisition of troop equipment which will further the troop's mission to build and teach youth character, service, and work ethic.
- City of St. George to further efforts by the city to expand the community’s capability to host community events, by assisting with construction costs for a performance stage at Worthen Park.
- Friends of Snow Canyon State Park to assist with the building of a 20x26 ft shade and picnic pavilion at the Chuckwalla Trailhead in the Paradise Canyon Management area of the park. The welcomed respite place and picnic area will provide seating and tables with a para-soleil top to protect visitors from the elements.
- Rotary Club of Hurricane Valley to aid in the building of an “All Abilities Playground” at the Dixie Springs Park next to Sand Hollow Reservoir. The playground will give everyone, including those with physical limitations, as well as those on the autistic spectrum a place to play together.
- St. George Children’s Museum for a Desert Discovery Room, meant to excite visitor's minds about St. George’s local desert environment, its many living things, and the interaction and impact of humans both past and present.
- St. George Elks Lodge 1743 to support charitable giveback programming, including scholarships for local St. George High School students.
“We are thankful for the opportunity to give back to these amazing organizations within the St. George community,” said Audra Tassone-Indeck, Executive Director of The IRONMAN Foundation. “Our goal is to leave a positive and lasting impact in the communities where IRONMAN athletes live, train, and race. We are very excited about the programs and projects we are able to support through this year’s community grants."
The remaining charitable funds will be distributed to various non-profit groups that will be volunteering at the 2022 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission.
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About the IRONMAN Foundation
The IRONMAN Foundation creates positive, tangible change in race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to the community. Since 2003, over $55,000,000 has been provided through giveback programs led by The IRONMAN Foundation to more than 10,000 local, regional, national, and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock' n' Roll Running Series participants are powerfully linked to the community and together help leave a positive legacy behind in race communities long after event day. For more information on The IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Rock This Town®, Your Journey Your Cause®, and Race For Change™, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org
About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new "global rotation" for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the race returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day event for the first time. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. Continuing the rotation, 2019 saw the French Riviera and Nice, France play host to the ever-growing IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event. After a year in which the event was not able to take place due to a global pandemic, the race returned in 2021 with over 3,500 athletes competing in St. George, Utah. The event will again take place in St. George, Utah, returning to a two-day format on October 28-29, 2022, before shifting to Lahti, Finland on August 26-27, 2023 and Taupō, New Zealand on December 14-15, 2024. Historically, more than 200,000 athletes have participated annually in a series of qualifying races, consisting of over 100 global events. Hosting more than 5,000 athletes from around the world, participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship have ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/im703-world-championship
About The IRONMAN Group
The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group
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