Media Inquiries

All media inquiries for the seven Ironman Center events (Ford Ironman Arizona, Ford Ironman Coeur D'Alene, Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid, Ford Ironman Florida, Ford Ironman Wisconsin, Ford Ironman 70.3 California, Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida) should be directed to Media Coordinator Helen Manning at 905-415-8484 or via e-mail at

Media Credentials

All requests for Media Credentials should go to Media Coordinator Helen Manning at 905-415-8484 or via e-mail at No media credentials will be issued without a letter of assignment from a credible news organization. NO exceptions.

Course access via boats and motorcycles are limited at all Ironman events. MEDIA ACCESS TO COURSES AT THESE EVENTS WILL BE SEVERELY LIMITED due to continued safety concerns.

Please e-mail for further details or if you feel you require course access to cover the event.


Access to Ironman events for documentary purposes will be severely limited. Any documentary plans should be made at least one year in advance of actually shooting date. Also note that no complementary entries will be given for documentary purposes.

Ironman controls all television rights to Ironman events and will charge a rights’ fee to any documentary filmmaker as deemed applicable.

Using footage for non-news related purposes is prohibited without written consent from the World Triathlon Corporation.

Ironman reserves the right to deny any request, at any time for documentary rights at any event.


Commercial usage of photography or video from Ironman events is strictly prohibited without written consent from World Triathlon Corporation. 

Improper usage of photography or video for commercial purposes will result in a ban on media accreditation at future Ironman events and may lead to legal action. If you have any usage questions, please call beforehand.

Press Conferences

Pre-race: Typically Ironman hosts a pre-race press conference two days before any of the full Ironman events (usually at 11 a.m.). The pre-race press conference features the top pros competing as well as interesting age groupers (amateurs) competing. Call for more details in regard to the pre-race press conference for your event. There will be no pre-race press conference for the Ford Ironman 70.3 California or the Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida.

Post-race: Top finishers and other athletes will be available for interviewing in the Media Tent or a designated area (behind the finish line) following their finishing the race. We ask that you please be patient with post-race interviews, as many athletes will need a break due to the strenuous nature of Ironman competition. Athletes will be made available as soon as they are ready and able following the event.

Media Room

Each event will have a media room or tent (depending on the event/venue), which will have phone lines, computers and various information available on athletes competing, as well as on the event itself. The room is available to all media before, during and after the race. Ironman will offer live race day coverage for all events at coverage allows you the opportunity to follow your athletes throughout the entire day and is accessible from the media room/tent.

Contact Information

For more information or inquiries, please contact North America Sports Media Coordinator Helen Manning at 905-415-8484 or via e-mail at

General Ironman Information

What is Ironman triathlon?

Ironman Triathlon is one of the most grueling events in the world of sport, and also one of the most inspiring. Ironman triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) all in succession. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the event (from the 7 a.m. start until midnight).

Ironman History

Ironman triathlon had the humblest of beginnings, as a group of Navy Seals who were stationed in Hawaii, were discussing who were the fittest athletes in the world. Were swimmers, cyclists or runners the fittest? Navy commander John Collins decided there was only one way to find out, and that was to combine all three.

So on Feb. 18, 1978, 15 competitors decided to put themselves to the test by swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles. "Whoever finishes first will be called the Ironman," Collins said. And thus, Ironman Triathlon was born.

2003 marked the 25th anniversary of that first event and the growth of Ironman has been spectacular.

Since those humble beginnings, the sport of Ironman has developed into an international phenomenon. With 21 Ironman distance events sanctioned races worldwide for 2006, Ironman touches all corners of the globe and has races on all of the continents of the world except Antarctica.

Ironman Worldwide

With 21 full-distance races worldwide, more than 22,000 athletes are expected to compete in Ironman events in 2006.

The growth of Ironman has been exponential in nature.

As recently as August of 1998 there was one Ironman event in all of North America, and none at all in the continental United States.  Six Ironman events will be held in continental North America and five in the U.S.

Worldwide, the growth has been much the same as Ironman has grown from eight races in 1998 to 21 in 2006.

The Races

Here is a brief breakdown of the Ironman Center races:

Ford Ironman 70.3 California- Saturday, March 29, 2008

Ironman 70.3 California

Ford Ironman 70.3 California is the kick-off event to the NA Sports season.  Taking place in Oceanside and on neighboring military base Camp Pendleton, the Ford Ironman 70.3 California features close to 1,800 athletes from around the world.  They will be competing for 20 qualifying spots for the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship, 100 qualifying spots for the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championship as well as a $30,000 pro prize purse.

The Ford Ironman 70.3 California is a great event to start to the season and the event typically features one of the top fields in triathlon, we don’t expect anything less in 2008.

Ford Ironman Arizona-Sunday, April 13, 2008

Ford Ironman Arizona

Ford Ironman Arizona is the newest addition to North America Sports events.   This event has enjoyed three very successful years and is becoming increasingly popular as an early season Ironman.  Ford Ironman Arizona takes place in Tempe and the surrounding areas which is home to a large triathlon community.  Ironman Arizona will be the first North America Sports Ironman distance race of the 2008 season. 

Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida- Sunday, May 18, 2008

Ironman 70.3 Florida

Celebrating its fifth year, the Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida at Walt Disney World® Resort will brings a unique, festive family atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.  Ford Ironman 70.3 Florida offers qualifying slots to the 2008 Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championships held in Clearwater, Florida as well as slots to other North America Sports events. 

Ford Ironman Coeur d'Alene-Sunday, June 22, 2008

Ford Ironman CDA

After celebrating its fifth anniversary in 2007 and resigning another five year contract, Ford Ironman USA Coeur d’Alene is becoming a favorite among our athletes.  The city of Coeur d’Alene has adopted this event and has truly made it their own.  In 2007 North America Sports introduced a new bike course for the event, and it received rave reviews from the athletes. 

Ford Ironman USA Coeur d’Alene will feature about 2,000 athletes from around the world competing for 80 qualifying spots for the 2008 Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship.  It will also serve as the NA Sports Women’s Professional Championship, drawing some of the best professional women in the sport.

Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid-Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid

Entering its tenth year in 2008, Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid is the second oldest North America Sports event (behind Subaru Ironman Canada) and is one of the most popular triathlon events in the sport. The 2008 event sold out for general entry in a matter of minutes.

The unique course features the transition zone and finish line area located on the Olympic Speedskating Oval.  Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid offers a beautiful swim in Mirror Lake, a challenging bike course through the Adirondacks, as well as, an equally as challenging marathon course.

This epic event has seen some of the best in Ironman racing.  The 2008 Ford Ironman USA Lake Placid will be the NA Sports Men’s Professional Championship and will be sure to draw a competitive contingent of athletes.

Ford Ironman Wisconsin-Sunday, September 7, 2008

Ford Ironman Wisconsin

The Ford Ironman Wisconsin triathlon has quickly become a favorite on the North America Sports schedule. The event, which enters its seventh year in 2008, also sold out in a matter of minutes.

Taking place in the city of Madison and neighboring Dane County, Ford Ironman Wisconsin features upward of 50,000 spectators lining the distinctive course through Wisconsin farm land and the downtown streets of Madison.  The crowd at Ford Ironman Wisconsin gives this event a celebratory atmosphere sure to get your adrenaline going.  The finish line is the most recognizable of all the NA Sports events; it is located in front of the Wisconsin state capitol building in the heart of Madison.  This scene provides a great backdrop for our finishers.

Ford Ironman Florida-Saturday, November 1, 2008

Ford Ironman Florida

The Ford Ironman Florida is held in Panama City Beach, Florida each November.  Ford Ironman Florida, which along with Ford Ironman Lake Placid, will be celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2008.  The event is well known in the triathlon community as an age-group race and as a great race for first-time Ironman triathletes.

Utilizing the stunning beaches of Panama City Beach, Ford Ironman Florida offers a great opportunity for athletes to get "their feet wet" in Ironman events.  Ford Ironman Florida provides a great race to end the season before the winter sets in.