The IRONMAN Foundation has announced that the 2017 IMF Ambassador Team comprising 18 age-group triathletes from around the United States will be led by Team Captain and ‘Voice of IRONMAN’ Mike Reilly as well as by pro triathletes Mirinda Carfrae, a three-time IRONMAN World Champion, and Timothy O’Donnell, a multi-year IRONMAN World Championship top ten finisher.
To support the foundation’s mission to create tangible impact in IRONMAN race communities through philanthropy and volunteerism, the ambassadors will focus their efforts on the IRONMAN Foundation’s eight service projects in North America.
Each service project is conducted in partnership with a local non-profit organization, linking IRONMAN athletes and TriClubs to the local race community. At the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside triathlon, an adaptive surf clinic for children with physical challenges was held with the Challenged Athletes Foundation. At the 2017 IRONMAN North American Championship Texas triathlon, a local disabled senior received a new roof and volunteers helped restore the exterior of her home with Rebuilding Together Houston.
“It’s an extraordinary moment when an IRONMAN athlete has the opportunity to connect directly with the cause they support and make a difference in their race community,” said Sarah Hartmann, Community Relations Manager for the IRONMAN Foundation. “Our 2017 Team IMF Ambassador Team truly embodies our mantra of ‘Service Through Sport and Commitment to Community.’”
Additional service projects include flood restoration with the US Army Corps of Engineers and Friends of Lake Sonoma at IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa, an adaptive climbing clinic and trail maintenance with Paradox Sports at IRONMAN Boulder, a race week hands-only CPR training with the American Red Cross at IRONMAN Lake Placid, and a day of service with the Salt River Children’s Foundation at IRONMAN Arizona. Two additional projects are planned for the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship events.
“I’m extremely proud to represent the IRONMAN Foundation this season as the captain of the IMF Ambassador Team,” said Mike Reilly, Voice of IRONMAN. “This team has a unique opportunity to connect with our local race communities and give back through sport. The IRONMAN Foundation athletes give themselves in order for others to achieve, there is no greater honour!”
The 2017 Team IMF Ambassadors are:
- Mike Reilly, San Diego, CA
- Mirinda Carfrae, Boulder, CO
- Timothy O’Donnell, Boulder, CO
- Peter Anderson, Portland, ME
- Melissa Bowman, Chicago, IL
- Louis Burns, Granite Bay, CA
- Diana Cohen, Columbia, CT
- Kevin Edmonds, College Park, GA
- Shay Eskew, Brentwood, TN
- Stephanie Felber, Elgin, IL
- Woodrow Freese, Newton, MA
- Daniel Giblin, Rochester, NY
- Sheila Hiestand, Louisville, KY
- Alex Holderness, Denver, CO
- Terry Klise, Missoula, MT
- Bryan Lam, El Cerrito, CA
- Robert Maar, Plainfield, IN
- John McGrath, Paradise Valley, AZ
- Ed Shifflet, Swarthmore, PA
- John Snyder, Leawood, KS
- Khem Suthiwan, Denver, CO