FORT WAYNE, Ind. — MAY 1, 2020
IRONMAN® champions Mirinda Carfrae and Meredith Kessler are going to swim, bike, and run this Mother's Day weekend in a unique virtual event to encourage the triathlon community.
"The Real Mothers of Triathlon with Meredith and Rinny" will take place on Saturday May 9 and allows fans to spectate or participate in the virtual triathlon celebration. Carfrae and Kessler will be able to interact with fans and live guests as they race from their respective homes in Boulder, Colorado, and Columbus, Ohio
"It's always a pleasure to share the 'race' course with Meredith but more importantly in this circumstance so we can engage with our community," says three-time IRONMAN® World Champion Mirinda Carfrae. "I'm hoping we can inspire others to join in for as much or little of the event as they like."
The pre-race show will begin at 10:30 am May 9, with Carfrae and Kessler beginning the swim at 11 am. Viewers can tune in for free on the T Zero Endurance platform, as well as participate in the virtual 58-mile bike and 10-mile run. The event is free to all and registration is officially open.
Master Spas will be presenting the swim portion of the event, as Carfrae and Kessler will be swimming in the H2X Challenger 15D swim spa. The adjustable water current of the Challenger swim spa mimics open-water conditions, providing the athletes with a continuous swimming experience.
The virtual race presentation will be hosted by Robert "Fireman Rob" Verhelst of T Zero Endurance. There will be appearances from the voice of IRONMAN Mike Reilly, Bob Babbitt, and professional triathlete Ben Hoffman among others. There will be an opportunity to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation.
Fans who participate on the platform will have access to exclusive product discounts and giveaways, while being inspired to keep moving during this time when traditional racing is on hold.
"During this unique time, we have understandably been trying to find ways to compete and engage with other athletes and our partners," Kessler says. This event is our way to truly celebrate and thrive, TOGETHER, with mothers and endurance enthusiasts everywhere."
Carfrae became a Master Spas brand ambassador in 2019, and Kessler joined the athlete affiliate program in 2020.
It takes a great start to create your triathlon journey. T Zero Endurance is your start, finish and all the transition in between. The goal at T Zero Endurance is to be the central and collaborative community for triathletes to be informed, inspired, and ready to TRI. Our members have access to vast triathlon knowledge from our world classes triathletes and coaching staff, along with all the tools needed to start from Transition Zero and continue along their triathlon journey. Whether you are a first timer or a World Champion, T Zero Endurance is the community for all thing's triathlon. We are dedicated to the integrity of the information and services we provide to triathletes on their journey, along with our belief in the power of triathlon on individuals and communities. For information, please visit https://www.endurancezone.com/.
Master Spas is based in Fort Wayne, Indiana, 90 miles northeast of Indianapolis. Operating out of a state-of-the-art, 583,000-square-foot manufacturing facility on a 45-acre manufacturing campus, Master Spas is the largest portable spa, hot tub and swim spa manufacturer in the world with all products built in the U.S.A. The company's executive team boasts more than 150 years of spa manufacturing success and one of the strongest track records in the industry. For more information, please visit: www.MasterSpas.com
Meredith Kessler and Mirinda Carfrae. Special guests will join throughout the broadcast.
Virtual triathlon event celebrating moms. Free event open to everyone. Participants can join the race at any point spectate, ride and or run. Signing up qualifies participants to be eligible for giveaways and special offers from the sponsors. Distance is 2-mile swim, 58-mile bike and 10-mile run.
Mother's Day weekend — Saturday, May 9. Event starts at 11am EST with festivities beginning at 10:30 am
To celebrate triathlon during these unique COVID -19 times and promote wellness and engage more woman to hop on and have fun. There will be a give back component to the day with Challenge Athletes Foundation. Master Spas will match donations that are made to the foundation during the event, up to $5,000.
Live piece will start 10:30 am and end approximately at 4:30 pm Saturday, May 9
11 am EST start: 2-mile swim
11:45 am: Transition
11:50 am: 58 mile bike
2:35 pm: Transition
2:40 pm: 10-mile run
3:55 pm: Post-race wrap-up