The first Ironman Arizona took place on April 9, 2005 and the ninth edition of the flat and fast race takes place this coming Sunday in Tempe, Arizona.
Athletes will swim a single-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake, followed by a challenging three-loop bike course through the Sonoran Desert and finishes with a spectator-friendly run around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. There are 50 qualifying slots for the Ironman World Championship.
Check out the expected professional start list below. Expect there to be a few changes to the list come race day.
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Van Berkel Jan
van der merwe Natasha
IRONMAN Foundation Gives Back to Tempe, Arizona
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund will give $50,000 in grant funding to non-profit groups in the Tempe, Ariz., community in support of IRONMAN Arizona this year. The IRONMAN Foundation’s contribution will provide support to local nonprofit needs and initiatives within the community.
The IRONMAN Foundation will also donate $10,000 to the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Children’s Fund to assist in youth service programs, as well as donate bicycles to the Native American community to be used for the Kid’s Triathlon, held the weekend prior to the IRONMAN race.
In addition to allocating funds back into the Arizona community, the IRONMAN Foundation provides athletes with the platform to fundraise for a nonprofit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their IRONMAN event. More than 40 athletes have signed up to participate in the IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” program as part of the Nov. 18 race. These athletes have been touched by something greater than themselves and are fundraising to make their race experience more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause. Collectively they have raised over $55,000 for their respective causes.
The IRONMAN Foundation’s featured athlete, Thad Beaty, guitarist for Sugarland, the Grammy award winning country band, is participating through the “Your Journey, Your Cause” initiative. He is not only racing in honor of a friend who passed away from cancer, but also to fundraise for MusiCares, the nonprofit arm of the Grammy Foundation that provides a safety net of critical assistance for people in the music industry during times of need. Together with the IRONMAN Foundation, and by engaging fellow IRONMAN participants, he is creating awareness for his cause.