WTC Pro Membership Program
I think this is a really positive step by the WTC. It legitamizes the pro field a little more and is likely in line with most professional sports.
Ironman Pro Membership Program
World Triathlon Corporation Announces Professional Athlete Program
Published Friday, November 6, 2009
To complement its recent anti-doping initiative announcement, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) has created the Ironman Pro Membership Program. The new program will standardize and enhance WTC’s events worldwide. Acceptance into the program will be mandatory for all professional athletes competing in future Ironman and 70.3 Events. The program will officially begin on February 1, 2010. WTC will collaborate with national triathlon federations to build upon this new program.
An annual membership fee of $750.00 USD includes complimentary entry into all Ironman and 70.3 qualifying events worldwide within the calendar year and inclusion in WTC’s Anti-Doping initiative. Online registration for the Ironman Pro Membership Program will begin on November 9, 2009 through Active.com.
Ford Ironman World Champions, Craig Alexander and Michellie Jones, both had comments about the announcement:
- “The new program created by WTC provides professional athletes with a platform, as well as a variety of advantages that not only benefit us, but also the sport as a whole. I am excited for the new initiatives being driven by Ironman, as they will ensure we are all participating among a clean and level playing field.” — Michellie Jones
- “The Ironman Pro Membership Program is good for the athletes and good for our sport. The implementation of its Anti-Doping initiative is long overdue and hopefully will ensure a fairer sport.” — Craig Alexander
Further program details and deadlines for event-related registration can be located by visiting http://www.ironmancenter.com/pros. For media-related questions, please contact Blair LaHaye at Blair@ironman.com or 813-868-5929. All event information on the Ironman and 70.3 Event Series can be found at www.ironman.com.