An­drew Mes­sick pro­vides in­sight on Iron­man’s “state of the na­tion.”

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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

Be­low An­drew Mes­sick

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