Race week for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship is continuing in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. IRONMAN has activated a number of initiatives, such as its ‘I AM TRUE’ day, the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash and IRONMAN Parade of Nations.
This year’s event marked the tenth annual ‘I AM TRUE’ day, IRONMAN’s ongoing work with athletes and the triathlon community to promote clean sport and the integrity of IRONMAN racing through outreach and anti-doping activities at the IRONMAN World Championship.
I AM TRUE
The I AM TRUE outreach program is developed in association with the World Anti-Doping Agency and national anti-doping agencies worldwide. Athletes qualified for the IRONMAN World Championship are a priority focus, which includes an extensive pre-competition testing program carried out in Kona throughout race week.
“The IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program continues to work with our athletes and our partners around the world to ensure that our efforts to deter and detect doping are effective,” said Kate Mittelstadt, Director of the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program.
“The testing and education strategies that are focused on our IRONMAN World Championship athletes evolve alongside of our advances in global coordination and intelligence sharing, analytic capabilities, and with the support of professional and age-group athletes who are committed to protecting the integrity of IRONMAN racing around the world.”
IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash
I AM TRUE Day celebrated the next generation of athletes, by bringing its message to the hundreds of participants at the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash and Fun Run. Sharing a portion of Saturday’s race course and the iconic Ali`i Drive, children from ages 2 to 14-years-old participated in either a quarter mile or a 1-mile run course while kids age 6-14 competed in the swim and run.
IRONMAN Parade of Nations
Following the IRONKIDS Keiki Dip-n-Dash, world championship athletes hailing from 74 countries, regions and territories enthusiastically celebrated their nations with team shirts, waving flags and cheers during the prominent IRONMAN Parade of Nations. The parade started at the Courtyard by Marriott King Kamehameha Kona Beach Hotel and led down Ali`i drive to the IRONMAN Village at Hale Halawai.