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Ironman Arizona Preview

The ninth edition of the race goes Sunday November 18.

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.

Pro Men Pro Women
Abel Torsten
Allen Richard
Beardall Timothy
Becker Blake
Bohach Adam
Brown Dan
Butterfield Tyler
Cartmell Fraser
Cunningham Richie
Daerr Justin
Dragstra Luke
Elliot Lewis
Frommhold Nils
Ganter Christopher
Garcia Derek
Gerlach Thomas
Halpin Brendan
Ham Yeunsik
Hast Jarmo
Hecht Mathias
Hemet Nicolas
Jaskolka Marek
Kovac Matjaz
Lowe Tom
Marcotte Kyle
Mikelson Ian
Milam Jared
Mueller Daniel
O’Meara Adam
Passuello Domenico
Paul Jeff
Poterebitsch Georg
Reed Matty
Ressler Markus
Rhodes Bryan
Rosales-Yepez Jose
Russell Matthew
Sundberg Swen
Taddonio Kevin
Thurston Heath
Tollakson TJ
Toth Anthony
Van Berkel Jan
Vrabel Jozef
Vuckovic Stephan
Watson Jason
Wetzel Michael
Woodward Alun
Wyss Manuel
Abraham Corinne
Bromme Uli
Cave Leanda
Corbin Linsey
Deim Trish
Ferreira Amber
Gordon Jacqui
Gross Sara
Homo Malaika
Kessler Meredith
Kozulina Tamara
LaMacchia Leslie
Lewis Cindy
Lie Kristin
Mannweiler Kathrin
Pekerman Nina
Piampiano Sarah
Schwabenbauer Kim
Shutt Beth
Smith Jessica
Vaidyanathan Anu
van der merwe Natasha
Weerd Mirjam
Wernick Charisa
Williamson Kelly
Young Erin

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.

For more information on IRONMAN and The IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org.

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