The IRONMAN Foundation will partner with the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Friends of Lake Sonoma, for a service project to restore trails and campsites damaged by Northern California’s severe flooding earlier this year. In addition, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute US$25,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Santa Rosa region in conjunction with the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlon taking place on Saturday 13 May 2017.
The service project on Sunday 14 May will bring together IRONMAN athletes and TriClubs, including three-time IRONMAN World Champion Mirinda Carfrae and her husband, Timothy O’Donnell, a multi-year IRONMAN World Championship top-ten finisher, who are both members of the IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Team. Volunteers will be transported by boat to the remote camping areas of Lake Sonoma to assist with the flood clean-up project.
“We are truly honoured to support so many local community organizations and their incredible initiatives,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for The IRONMAN Foundation. “It’s especially meaningful to partner with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma to help the area recover from the devastating floods and leave our IRONMAN legacy behind after race day.”
The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN events are held. In 2017, The IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than US$1.5 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.