IRONMAN has announced that the latest season of Quest for the IRONMAN World Championship fueled by Gatorade Endurance has begun on the IRONMAN YouTube channel.
The sports documentary series profiles triathletes from around the world as they compete in IRONMAN. Throughout the series, athletes evolve physically and emotionally as they pursue their goal of competing among the best in the world at the IRONMAN World Championship.
IRONMAN noted that… ‘Each episode will take viewers behind-the-scenes to highlight the journey athletes take on their quest to qualify for the most iconic endurance event in the world – the IRONMAN World Championship. The ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit, the IRONMAN World Championship is the culmination of 40 global IRONMAN events with over 94,000 athletes around the world striving for one of the coveted qualifying slots each year.
‘Quest for the IRONMAN World Championship fueled by Gatorade Endurance takes aspirational athletes and puts their mission front and center, inviting viewers to experience the personal highs and lows of each pursuit. Each episode will chart the journey of an IRONMAN World Championship hopeful, capturing the breathtaking scenery, local culture, and unique athletic challenges that each IRONMAN race setting presents.
‘While not every athlete may ultimately gain entry to the most iconic endurance event, each will show that IRONMAN racing is about persevering, enduring, and being a part of something larger than themselves, while finding their personal finish line and proving that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.’
Quest for IRONMAN World Championship fueled by Gatorade Endurance Athletes:
- Cody Beals – is a professional triathlete hailing from Guelph, Ontario, Canada. Cody had an exceptional season in 2019, but the pressures of racing at the top level, an injury, and challenges associated with Covid-19 have seen Beals’ career stall. His drive to get back to the IRONMAN World Championship remains, however.
- Clarice Chastang – a resident of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Clarice Chastang is the only professional Asian-American woman on the pro circuit and wants to bring more diversity to the sport. The opportunity she has to inspire young girls is what drives her in every training session and through each race.
- Venus Cooke – a physical education teacher in New York City, New York, Venus Cooke is passionate about sharing the IRONMAN lifestyle with her students and community. She wants her students to know that with hard work and self-belief, ‘Anything Is Possible’ for them, too, and has invited triathletes like Rudy Garcia-Tolson to speak to her class. The daughter of a Puerto Rican mother and Jamaican father, Venus straddles two cultural experiences and identities, and is a champion of broader inclusivity in triathlon.
- Andrea Hirth – after the birth of her second daughter in 2002, Andrea Hirth of Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin, was encouraged by a college friend to train for a local all-women’s Sprint triathlon as a way to regain fitness and have some fun. She had no idea that this experience would be the springboard to 11 IRONMAN finishes and qualification for the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission.
- Noel Mulkey – not long ago, Noel Mulkey of Tulsa, Oklahoma, was living a very different lifestyle. At the height of his drug addiction, Noel was pawning his mother’s jewellery and forging checks to feed his heroin dependency. After a personal reckoning and finally getting clean, Noel took up triathlon. He began documenting his recovery journey as a way to inspire others to chase their own goals and get fit.