In conjunction with the IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlon in California, the IRONMAN Foundation will continue its mission of creating tangible impact in IRONMAN race communities this week in Santa Rosa. Presented by HOKA ONE ONE and in partnership with Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation – the IRONMAN Foundation will be conducting a hands-on service project.
The project, with Rebuilding Together Petaluma, will assist in the construction of ‘tiny houses’ for Santa Rosa residents who continue to be displaced by the Tubbs Wildfires that ripped through the region last October.
The service project will take place on Sunday, July 29 at 10:00 PT and brings together IRONMAN staff, athletes, ambassadors and partners as well as employees from HOKA ONE ONE and CLIF Bar.
“Rebuilding Together Petaluma is thrilled to have the support of the IRONMAN Foundation and IRONMAN volunteers to construct new homes for fire survivors,” said Jane Hamilton, Executive Director of Rebuilding Together Petaluma. “This gives our fire recovery work a significant boost towards success.”
“HOKA ONE ONE is honoured to be able to support IRONMAN, the IRONMAN Foundation, and the process of rebuilding together,” said Wendy Yang, President of HOKA ONE ONE. “Our connection to the IRONMAN community, especially in our home state of California, goes well beyond the race itself, and it is humbling to see everyone come together to provide relief to our neighbours and friends.”
Highlighted service project volunteers include:
- Three-time IRONMAN World Champion triathlete Mirinda Carfrae and her husband and fellow professional triathlete, Timothy O’Donnell, multiple IRONMAN World Championship top-ten finisher. Both are also IRONMAN Foundation Ambassadors.
- FOX Sports anchor and reporter and IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Shannon Spake. Spake who hosts NASCAR Race Hub on FS1 and is a sideline reporter for the NFL on FOX will also be participating in Saturday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlon.
- Village of Highland Hills (OH) Firefighter – Paramedic Diana Woolf, who will also compete in Saturday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlon. She will race the run portion of the event in her full firefighter gear as she raises money and awareness for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and her personal campaign, Rescue4PTSD. She has been part of the fire service for 20 years serving on volunteer, part-time and career departments.
- Marine Corps veteran and IRONMAN Foundation Ambassador Mike Ergo. Ergo will also be competing in Saturday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Santa Rosa triathlon and will carry the American flag during the run portion of the event to honour Army Pfc. Cesar Viglienzone, a Santa Rosa native killed in action in Baghdad on February 1, 2006. This initiative is in partnership with Flags4Fallen, a volunteer team that recruits athletes to carry a full-sized American Flag to the finish line for families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.
“IRONMAN is about creating a sense of community, and through the support and generosity of our athletes and partners like HOKA ONE ONE, the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and CLIF Bar, we hope to be able to make a difference in Santa Rosa’s continued recovery from the wildfires,” said Sarah Hartmann, Acting Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation.
She added, “It will be a highlight to honour local first responders, to run the Community 5k on Sunday morning and support the restoration of Santa Rosa’s parks and later provide hands-on rebuilding assistance with Rebuilding Together Petaluma.”
To kick-off event weekend, the IRONMAN Foundation will host a First Responders Reception at Perch + Plow on Friday, July 27th to honour local men and women who bravely fought the wildfires and continue to ensure the safety of the Santa Rosa residents.
Also taking place this week will be an IRONMAN Foundation Community 5K scheduled for Sunday, July 29 at 08:00 at the Old Courthouse Square. Proceeds from this event will go directly to the Santa Rosa Parks Foundation to provide assistance as they work to rebuild local parks that were affected by the wildfires. This year, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute a total of US$111,000 in charitable giveback to non-profit initiatives and groups in the Santa Rosa region.