Recognized the world over as the ‘Voice of IRONMAN’, Mike Reilly has called over 180 IRONMAN events, including 30 straight years of the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. More than 350,000 athletes have heard his iconic pronouncement, “You are an IRONMAN!” as they crossed the finish line.
Every one of those athletes has a story, and Mike Reilly has heard hundreds of them. Ever passionate about the sport and its participants, he listened closely as they poured out countless tales that illuminate the human capacity for triumphing over seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
At the urging of many friends and athletes, Reilly has now written a book about what he’s seen and what he’s learned. The book is titled: ‘Mike Reilly: Finding My Voice – Tales from IRONMAN, the World’s Greatest Endurance Event’.
“I was involved in every story I relate,” Reilly said. “This book is a deeply personal glimpse into the fascinating world of the greatest endurance event of them all.”
A firefighter nearly given up for dead after a horrific accident fights his way back to an IRONMAN start line. A former US Marine, battling PTSD after losing many of his comrades in a deadly battle, finds healing in IRONMAN. Two professional triathletes battle each other in what might be the greatest head-to-head athletic competition of any kind, ever.
Profoundly moving and inspirational, the stories range from the incredible to the hilarious and the book has already received raves from such luminaries (and IRONMAN finishers) as actor-producer-director Sean Astin, Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward, Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray and professional triathletes Lionel Sanders and Mirinda Carfrae.
Mike Reilly: Finding My Voice is aimed squarely at the general reader. ‘Even those who have never heard of IRONMAN will be amazed, delighted and inspired by these riveting tales.’
At endurancebiz, we have been fortunate to read the book. It is a genuinely moving series of tales, stitching together the stories of various IRONMAN athletes and Mike’s journey through endurance sport over the years. At one point the book caused tears to be shed. At others it is funny, sharp and insightful.
There’s a joke that goes ‘You can tell that you’re in the company of an IRONMAN as he or she will tell you they are one within the first 5-10 minutes of meeting them!’ It is sometimes used by IRONMAN athletes to be self-deprecating, and sometimes used by others in jest about IRONMAN athletes. The joke itself ultimately reiterates how impactful the IRONMAN experience can be for those that take it on.
Mike’s book showcases the many impacts of IRONMAN on people’s lives. Perhaps more importantly, it showcases the ‘why’. It illustrates the many reasons why people choose to take on an IRONMAN. This gets at the heart of the event experience that athletes seek, and it gets under the skin of our motivations. The result is a book that will certainly inspire many of us to take on an IRONMAN challenge.
The book can now be purchased from mikereilly.net/findingmyvoice. Mike’s upcoming book signings are:
- March 24 – Race Mania Exposition at Boston University Fitness and Rec Center
- April 4-5 – IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside, CA in the merchandise store
- April 15 – Salt Lake Tri Club
- April 26 – IRONMAN Texas merchandise store
- May 16 – Fraser Bicycle in Fraser, Michigan
- May 20 – Fleet Feet in Lewis Center, Ohio
Mike Reilly is the official ‘Voice of IRONMAN’ worldwide and the only person to have been inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame, the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame and the Running USA Hall of Champions. He has been involved in endurance sports for over 40 years and is one of the most prominent personalities in the field.
From Steeplechase Publishing: 236 pages, 33 full-color photos. Available in hardcover, softcover, eBook and audio editions from all major online booksellers.