Andrew Messick provides insight on Ironman’s “state of the nation.”
As has become his yearly tradition, Ironman CEO Andrew Messick used the Ironman World Championship press conference as an opportunity to provide some insights on how the company has fared through 2018 and the plans for 2019.
In addition to the announcement that Taupo would host the 2020 70.3 worlds, we learned that Ironman is enjoying record-setting success. This year there were 225,000 unique participants in Ironman races, an increase of 10 per cent globally.
“This was the best year we’ve ever had,”
Messick said, “with 41 Ironman races and 110 Ironman 70.3 races in 50 countries. 2019 is shaping up to be another strong year for us, with 41 Ironman races and 117 Ironman 70.3 events. We’ll have new races in Greece, Russia and India, a market we feel has great promise.”
Messick also noted that the company’s Women for Tri initiative was continuing to boost women’s participation in races around the world and 28 per cent of the field at the Ironman World Championship were women.
Messick also announced the induction of four new members to the hall of fame – athletes Erin Baker and Scott Molina, along with long-time Ironman Australia race director Ken Baggs and Kona volunteer Rocky Campbell, who was volunteering for the 38th consecutive year at this year’s championship.—KM
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