The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund will give $50,000 in grant funding to initiatives and groups in the Lake Tahoe community as part of the IRONMAN® Lake Tahoe triathlon taking place on Sunday, September 22, 2013. The IRONMAN Foundation’s contribution will provide support to non-profit needs and initiatives within the local community. Including the IRONMAN Foundation donations as part of IRONMAN Lake Tahoe, a total of over $1.6 Million will be provided to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities in 2013.
The IRONMAN Foundation will donate funds to the North Lake Tahoe Fire Department towards the purchase of an off-road all terrain rescue vehicle. Additionally, the Foundation will provide funding to the Squaw Valley Fire Department to purchase additional rescue equipment. Grant funds will also be dispersed to numerous non-profit groups including, KidZone Museum, Tahoe Cross Country Ski Education Association, Awaken INC, and Tahoe Nordic Search and Rescue.
This also marks the inaugural year for the IRONMAN Foundation Newton Running Triathlon Team. The goal of the team is to have athletes share the concept of “service through sport and commitment to community.” A total of 44 athletes were recruited from North America to represent the team and share the goodwill of giving back to the community. Twelve members will be representing the team in Lake Tahoe and have identified Keep Tahoe Blue as a beneficiary of their team. These team members will be participating in a community service project on September 19 in Lake Tahoe to help with lake shore clean up. Additionally, the foundation team will support Keep Tahoe Blue with a donation of funds raised by the team members to be used toward protecting, restoring and advocating for the ecosystem health and scenic beauty of the Lake Tahoe Basin. The donation will be in the amount of $16,000.
The IRONMAN Foundation also provides registered athletes with the platform to fundraise for the Foundation or a non-profit beneficiary of their choice as they train for their IRONMAN event. More than 300 athletes are registered as IRONMAN Foundation athletes for Lake Tahoe and many have signed up to participate in The IRONMAN Foundation’s “Your Journey, Your Cause” fundraising program. Through their participation with the Foundation these athletes have been touched by something greater than themselves and are giving back to non-profit organizations to make their race experiences more than just crossing the finish line – they are racing for a cause. Collectively they have raised over $250,000 for their respective causes. The IRONMAN Foundation featured athlete for Lake Tahoe is Khem Suthiwan from Denver, Colorado, who has raised over $4,000 in support of Keep Tahoe Blue.