Montag, 10. Juni 2019

Eleven Start Waves, Instead Of Three: IRONMAN Announces New Swim Start Protocol For 2019 IRONMAN World Championship

IRONMAN to introduce new wave start aimed at reducing athlete density on bike course. In the past there where only three different start groups: male pros, female pros and all the age group athletes, who qualified for the World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. This is history, the so called and extensively in domestic and global events tested rolling start helps de-cluster the large and tight fields of competitive athletes of all age groups successfully.

TAMPA, Fla. (June 10, 2019) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced today a new swim start protocol that will be implemented for the 2019 IRONMAN® World Championship. For the first time, the world championship event will utilize a wave start that separates the field into 11 groups. Like in previous years, the professional men’s field will start at 6:25 a.m., followed by the professional women’s field at 6:30 a.m. The PC/Open Exhibition and Handcycle divisions will then begin their day at 6:35 a.m. The first age group wave will start at 6:55 a.m. and continue every 5 minutes until all athletes are in the water.

“The swim start change is a reflection of, and reaction to, the extraordinary ability of our IRONMAN World Championship athletes,” said Andrew Messick, President & CEO of The IRONMAN Group. “While we appreciate the simplicity and iconic visual of the mass start, our primary responsibility is to create a fair race for all athletes. A single start each for age-group men and age-group women creates too much density on the bike course.”

The decision to move to an extended wave start was made following a comprehensive analysis of athlete data with the goal of reducing peak athlete density flowing onto the bike course. The new start times will not change the existing cut off standards for the IRONMAN World Championship – 2:20 for the swim and 10:30 for the bike. Athletes will also still have to reach the finish line within 17 hours to be official finishers of the race.

“We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our events in an effort to create a fair, safe and world-class experience for our competitors who work so hard to get to this start line,” said Diana Bertsch, Senior Vice President of World Championship Events of The IRONMAN Group. “The IRONMAN World Championship is the pinnacle of endurance racing and our belief is that this change will allow for the highest competition to occur while enhancing the quality of the race.”

New start times:
Time | Division
6:25 | MPRO
6:30 | FPRO
6:35 | PC OPEN / HC
6:55 | M18-39
7:00 | M40-44
7:05 | M45-49
7:10 | M50+
7:15 | F18-39
7:20 | F40-54
7:25 | F55+
7:30 | Legacy

The IRONMAN World Championship is the ultimate and most iconic one-day test of body, mind and spirit with over 90,000 athletes competing to qualify at more than 40 global IRONMAN events each year. Last year’s record-breaking race welcomed approximately 2,500 registered athletes from 82 countries, regions and territories, marking the largest international field in race history.

The 2019 IRONMAN World Championship will enjoy 20 hours of comprehensive live race-day coverage globally via IRONMAN NOW™ on Facebook Watch ( and through regional television coverage, including NBC Sports in the United States. Last year’s IRONMAN World Championship live coverage included everything from the early morning body marking to the final hour finish-line celebration and had nearly 20 million total views on Facebook Watch.

Mittwoch, 8. Mai 2019

Post Holdings’ potential Active Nutrition IPO with PowerBar brand in it's portfolio is ‘on track’ with SEC and a strong second quarter

The initial public offering of Post Holdings' fast-growing Active Nutrition segment, which includes the iconic PowerBar brand and Dymatize and Premier Protein brands, remains “on track for a fall execution,” but may not happen before the end of the fiscal year, the company’s President and CEO Rob Vitale told investors during a May 3 earnings call. He explained that while “we previously discussed execution in our fiscal year,” which ends Sept. 30, “we have examined the calendar for financing, tax structuring and other activities, [and determined] the process may extend into October, subject to market conditions.” 

He added that the company has received and responded to comments from the SEC following the April 8 filing of a confidential draft registration statement for the IPO of its Active Nutrition business, which Post previously announced in November that it hoped to spin off this fiscal year.

According to DNF is no option Post Holdings acquired PowerBar for “USD 150M (400M including contractually assumed obligations) in cash” five years ago.