2022 Certified Piedmont Beef IRONMAN® Tulsa Triathlon

May 17, 2022

– Gold Star athlete and Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Chris Abner will raise the American flag during the running portion of the triathlon in memory of a lost friend

Tulsa, Oklahoma. (May 17, 2022) /endurance SPORTSWIRE/ – Fallen U.S. Marine Corps Corporal Jeremy Burris will be remembered as his family honored at the 2022 Certified Piedmontese Beef IRONMAN® Tulsa Triathlon as part of a triathlon® Foundation Gold Star Project.Through the Gold Star program, athletes serving in the U.S. military are selected to carry the American flag in the running portion of the full-distance IRONMAN or half-distance IRONMAN 70.3® Triathlon, honoring a fallen American soldier and gifting it to the Gold Star family (the family of an American soldier killed in battle).

Sergeant Chris Abner will be participating in the IRONMAN Triathlon on Sunday, May 22, 2022, on behalf of the IRONMAN Foundation Gold Star Program. Abner served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 2002 to 2016 as the Chief of the Marine Corps Infantry Unit. He will raise the American flag during the running portion of the race in memory of his friend Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris, who was killed on October 8, 2007 while conducting combat operations in Qaim, Iraq. Abner was with Burris when he was killed. Burris was 22 when he died.

In addition to carrying the American flag in honor of Lance Corporal Burris, Abner will also present the flag to Lance Corporal Burris’ parents at the finish line.

“This is a special and meaningful program for us because not only can we support our racial community, but we can play a role in the recovery process for families who have lost loved ones while on active duty in our country,” said IRONMAN Foundation Executive Director Audra Tassone-Indeck said.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity to pay tribute to my dear friend Colonel Jeremy Burris through the Gold Star Initiative program. This journey, through my training and race preparation, has not only been for me, but for everyone who served with Jeremy Individuals have made a huge difference,” Sergeant Chris Abner said.

Lance Corporal Jeremy Burris Medals include the Purple Heart, Combat Operations Medal, Defense Service and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal and Navy Sea Service Deployment Medal. Sergeant Abner’s medals include the Purple Heart, the Navy Commendation Medal, the Combat Action Medal, the Navy Achievement Medal (3) and the Good Conduct Medal (3), the Iraq Campaign Medal (4 stars), the Sea Service Deployment Medal (4), Presidential Unit Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Expedition Medal.

For more information on the IRONMAN Foundation Gold Star Program, visit Ironmanfoundation.org/gold-star-initiative to find a list of 2022 Gold Star Program competitions and how to apply to become an athlete or family member.

community grants

In addition to the Gold Star Program, which continues its Race For Change™ program in Tulsa, the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $50,000 in charitable giving back to nonprofit programs and groups in the greater Tulsa area. This allocation includes $5,000 to provide swimming lessons to local youth at the YMCA of Greater Tulsa. Last year, the IRONMAN Foundation’s Race For Change™ initiative launched in Tulsa in partnership with the YMCA of Greater Tulsa and the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Tulsa to address barriers that may prevent black athletes and other diverse groups from participating in triathlons . This year’s grant funding brings the IRONMAN Foundation’s total historical giving back in the greater Tulsa area to more than $115,000.

this race for change Launched in 2020, the campaign initially pledged $1 million in support to help ensure fairness for athletes in triathlon and in the communities where IRONMAN athletes and first-time competitors live, train and compete.pass race for change, the IRONMAN Group and the IRONMAN Foundation are working to identify, empower and support the next generation of great triathletes, coaches and history-makers.For more information race for change Visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/raceforchange/.

For more information on IRONMAN and the IRONMAN Foundation, visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org.

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About the Iron Man Foundation

The IRONMAN Foundation creates positive, tangible change in racial communities by engaging athletes and volunteers in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to the community. Since 2003, more than $55,000,000 has been awarded to more than 10,000 local, regional, national and global nonprofits through giving back programs led by the IRONMAN Foundation. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN® and rock music® Participants in the Running Series have strong ties to the community, and together they help to leave a positive legacy in the race community long after the event. More about IRONMAN Foundation programs, including IMF Team, Community Fund, Rock This Town®your journey your career®and the race for changevisit www.ironmanfoundation.org.

About Iron Man Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of activities including IRONMAN®Triathlon series, IRONMAN®70.3® Triathlon series, IRONMAN®Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Rock and Roll®RUNNING SERIES, ROCK VIRTUAL RUNNING™ SERIES, IRONKIDS®World Triathlon Championship series, premier running events including Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and Sun Pioneer City Surf®,®World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike racing including Absa Cape Epic®Road cycling events, including advanced routes®and other multisport competitions. The IRONMAN Group is the world’s largest mass participation sports operator, providing the benefits of endurance sports to more than 1 million participants each year through the company’s wide range of products.Since the birth of the iconic IRONMAN®The brand and its first event in 1978, the athletes have proven that anything is possible®Cross finish lines around the world. What started as a single event, the IRONMAN Group has grown into a global sensation with hundreds of events in over 55 countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private family business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About advance

Advance is a privately held, family-owned business that owns and invests in companies in media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build our company’s long-term value by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together, these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also one of the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information, visit www.advance.com.

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