|Race week for the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship continued today in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i and with it, the plethora of activities and events. The countdown to the world’s most iconic single-day endurance event taking place on Saturday, Oct. 12 nears and co. Here is daily Pau Hana, a Hawaiian phrase meaning “end of the workday,” will recap highlights from the last 24 hours.
‘I AM TRUE’ DAY
Today 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. The I AM TRUE outreach program is developed in association with the World Anti-Doping Agency and a shared belief that every athlete has a right to clean sport. The I AM TRUE message has always been about protecting the integrity of racing and ensuring that athletes know and understand their rights and responsibilities. Using the hashtag #KNOWTHERULES, the scope of the initiative goes beyond the Anti-Doping Program to include all aspects of fair racing that are part of the IRONMAN Competition Rules, including drafting, personal conduct and mechanical doping.
The IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program partners with National Anti-Doping Agencies worldwide to execute in-and-out of competition testing and to coordinate strategic testing of professional and age-group athletes throughout the year. 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 WADA Accredited Salt Lake Medicine Research and Technology Laboratory (SMRTL) will analyze all samples and ensure immediate and independent scientific oversight and qualified evaluation of the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program’s results, Athlete Biological Passports, and testing strategies.
“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.”
To learn more about the I AM TRUE campaign and the IRONMAN Anti-Doping Program, visit www.ironman.com/anti-doping or follow on twitter at @IMAntiDoping. Visit www.wada-ama.org to learn more about The World Anti-Doping Agency.