World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has launched an exclusive athlete membership program called Ironman Access. In addition to other member benefits, the program will offer advance registration for Ironman events worldwide before entries open to the general public.
According to WTC, membership into Ironman Access ‘is on a first-come, first-served basis and will close once it reaches capacity.’ The annual membership fee is US$1,000.
Advance race registration for Ironman Access members will open one week prior to the event’s general entry registration date. Athletes are required to pay the general entry fee to the selected event.
Early registration for Ironman Access members for the 2011 Ironman Florida will open on Monday, 1 November. Athletes interested in registering for this event as an Ironman Access member must join the program by 11:59 p.m. PDT on Sunday 31 October to be eligible.
Ironman Access members may choose to register early for one or more of the following 2011 and 2012 Ironman races:
• 2011 Ironman Florida
• 2011 Ironman Arizona
• 2011 Ironman Cozumel
• 2011 Ironman Western Australia
• 2012 Ironman New Zealand
• 2012 Ironman South Africa
• 2012 Ironman Australia
• 2012 Ironman St. George
• 2012 Ironman Lanzarote
• 2012 Ironman Texas
• 2012 Ironman China
• 2012 Ironman Brazil
• 2012 Ironman France
• 2012 Ironman Coeur d’Alene
• 2012 Ironman Austria
• 2012 Ironman Switzerland
• 2012 Ironman European Championship
• 2012 Ironman Lake Placid
• 2012 Ironman UK
• 2012 Ironman Regensburg
• 2012 Ironman Canada
• 2012 Ironman Louisville
• 2012 Ironman Wisconsin
• 2012 Ironman Wales
Access Membership Program benefits are:
• Exclusive advance registration to Ironman events
• Two VIP passes per registered event
• One-year subscription to LAVA Magazine
• 2011 Ironman Lottery entry plus second chance in the Ironman Lottery program
• 2010 Ford Ironman World Championship NBC broadcast DVD
• 20% off Ironman partner products at shopironman.com and on-site event retail stores
• Official membership ID card
The above benefits are valid for one year starting from the activation date.