2,014: Most athletes ever at the Ironman World Championship.
777: Athletes from the U.S. Athletes from 49 U.S. states are represented, with the greatest number coming from California (123), Hawaii (61), Colorado (58), Texas (48) and New York (43).
297: Largest contingent from another country – Australia has the most athletes competing. Also, Germany (150), Canada (134), Great Britain (113) and France (88).
1,570: 72 percent of participants are men.
625: 28 percent of participants are women, which marks the largest women’s field at the Ironman World Championship.
The Pros: 54 men and 38 women
Prize Purse: Total professional prize purse of $650,000 is distributed among the top 10 professional men and women. The world champions each receive $120,000,while the second place finishers receive $60,000.
Sources: Coffees of Hawaii, Training Peaks, Basik Acai, Lava Java, IronmanLive, 2013 Kona Bike Count, Tri Bike Transport, TYR
The Ironman Foundation provides $130,000 to the Big Island
The Ironman Foundation Community Fund will distribute $130,000 in grant funding to initiatives on the Big Island in conjunction with the 2014 Ironman World. The Ironman Foundation’s contribution will provide support to non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community.
With the 2014 donations from The Foundation, more than $1.2 million has been given to support the needs of the community since the first Ironman event took place in Kailua-Kona. Since inception, The Ironman Foundation has donated more than $30 million globally.
The Ironman Foundation, in partnership with the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation (FHSPSF), will donate $13,000 to the county Fire Department to show support of first responder groups. This donation will be used to procure a total of 20 new STIHL chainsaws to outfit one per fire engine company. These chainsaws have been a missing piece of critical life-saving equipment needed by the fire department.
“The Hawaii Fire Department is humbly grateful and appreciative for the donation from The Ironman Foundation and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation,” said Fire Chief Darren Rosario. “The chainsaws will address a shortfall identified in the aftermath of Hurricane Iselle, which cut off multiple communities from timely emergency services due to fallen trees. This acquisition will immediately provide the HFD with a valuable tool to assist in clearing debris and thereby providing valuable access to our citizens and visitors of Hawaii Island.”
A formal presentation of this grant took place Oct. 7 at the Ironman Village at Hale Halawai Park.
The Ironman Foundation also provides athletes with the platform to fundraise for The Foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their Ironman event. These athletes have signed up to participate in The Ironman Foundation’s Your Journey, Your Cause fundraising program.
Through their participation with The Foundation, 18 athletes have been touched by something greater than themselves and are giving back to non-profit organizations to make their race experiences more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause.
Collectively, they have raised more than $400,000 for The Foundation and their respective causes.