For the second straight year, Accenture will serve as title sponsor of the IRONMAN ® 70.3 ® California triathlon being held this year Saturday, March 29. The triathlon will host nearly 3,000 athletes from around the world in Oceanside, Calif., the region where the sport originated. Additionally, the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) will again be the Official Event Charity. As a part of that effort, more than a dozen members of the military will compete as part of CAF’s Operation Rebound, a program that provides funding and support to permanently injured service members and first responders to help them become active once again and feel whole through the healing power of sport. “As a company that thrives on innovation, we are proud to sponsor the Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California triathlon, a competition that offers endurance athletes and military service members a chance to race in the region that first created the triathlon,” said Gino DiGregorio, Los Angeles managing director for Accenture. “We are thrilled to sponsor this event for the second consecutive year and we welcome all participating athletes to the competition in Oceanside.” One of nearly 70 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 series, the Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California triathlon leads athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run on a course that utilizes a variety of Oceanside’s scenic areas. The swim takes place in the Oceanside Harbor and the one-loop bike course features breathtaking views as athletes ride through San Clemente State Park before dipping into the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. The run course takes athletes on a winding journey along the pier, which is one of the longest fishing piers in California, and then out to Oceanside’s flat beachfront path. The event offers a total prize purse of $50,000 and 50 coveted slots to the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, taking place on Sept. 7 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.
“This race is unique in that half of the volunteer staff comes from units stationed at Camp Pendleton,” said Gina Thomas, race director for the Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California triathlon. “We are privileged by the presence of military service members volunteering their time along with the long standing support of the military community.”As part of Accenture’s commitment to high performing athletes, the company will feature a demonstration of health and fitness wearable technologies, including Google Glass, during race week in its expo booth at the IRONMAN Village. Wearable technologies, a key trend identified in the Accenture Technology Vision 2014, provide real-time intelligence allowing people, especially athletes, to act and react faster and more intelligently in virtually any situation. In a recent Accenture survey on digital consumers, more than 52 percent plan to buy a fitness monitor and 54 percent a health monitor, showing the various ways digital is making an impact in virtually every business, including sport. For more information on Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California, please visit www.ironmancalifornia.com. About Accenture Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 281,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. The company generated net revenues of US$28.6 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2013. About Challenged Athletes Foundation The Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) is a world leader in helping individuals with physical challenges get involved – and stay involved – in sports. CAF believes that participation in sports at any level increases self-esteem, encourages independence and enhances quality of life. Since 1994, more than $40 million has been raised and almost 6,000 funding requests from challenged athletes in all 50 states and dozens of countries have been satisfied. Additionally, CAF’s outreach efforts reach another 60,000 individuals each year. Whether it’s a $2,500 grant for a handcycle, helping underwrite a carbon fiber running foot not covered by insurance, or arranging enthusiastic encouragement from a mentor who has triumphed over a similar challenge, CAF’s mission is clear: give those with the desire to live active, athletic lifestyles every opportunity to compete in the sports they love. To learn more, log on to www.challengedathletes.org or call 858-866-0959. About CAF’s Operation Rebound ® Challenged Athletes Foundation's® (CAF) Operation Rebound® program is the premier sports and fitness program for American military personnel, veterans and first responders with permanent physical disabilities. It provides unparalleled opportunities to pursue active, athletic lifestyles by offering access to funding for equipment and training and competition expenses, Military Medical Center Physical Training (MMCPT) and sports clinics.
About IRONMANThe iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN ® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE ® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN ®, IRONMAN 70.3 ®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl ® and IRONKIDS ®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.