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Racing for More

2017-11-10

The IRONMAN triathlon was born in the Hawaiian Islands and our team of athletes participating in the Absa Cape Epic bring with them the spirit of Kokua – a Hawaiian word meaning “giving back unselfishly to others.”  After IRONMAN expanded its race portfolio to include a global series of mountain biking events, The IRONMAN Foundation (IMF) joined the charge in hope of providing tangible impact to host communities of the Absa Cape Epic (which has driven CSI initiatives since the event’s inception). With historical give-back topping out at over $50 million USD, IMF is no stranger to making a difference in race communities all around the world. To see example of the Foundations impact, click here.

Racing may sometimes garner a solitary or self-serving reputation, but IMF athletes expand their journey beyond themselves through fundraising and/or volunteer experiences through community service projects. IMF has supported more than 6,300 different organizations through donations and support since its inception. In addition to providing funding opportunities to local organizations and community initiatives, Team IMF provides athletes with a “hands on impact” opportunity as part of their race experience.  This year athletes had the opportunity to conduct more than 10 service initiatives including an Adaptive surf clinic, rebuilding homes for hurricane flood victims, youth learn to swim initiativesenvironmental trail clean ups,   hands only CPR and a youth back pack initiative

Excited to be the charity partner for the next two editions of the Absa Cape Epic, IMF will provide R225 000 to organizations and initiatives in the three race’s host communities. IMF’s team will work closely with Absa Cape Epic’s team to make applications available for organizations in the host communities to apply for support and/or funding.  Through this grant program, IMF is looking to partner with organizations that will leave a tangible impact in the community and allow the IMF and Absa Cape Epic to leave their legacy in the race community long after the race is over. Awards will be presented during the Absa Cape Epic event by Team IMF athletes. 

As IMF ventures into the new world of mountain bike stage racing, a few openings for the 2018 IMF team are still available. To learn more about becoming an IMF athlete for Absa Cape Epic, click here.

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