Ironman-Hall of Fame15 Oct 2014, by uncategorized in
The IRONMAN Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 to honor those who’ve made outstanding contributions to the growth of the world’s most famous single-day endurance race.
The IRONMAN Hall of Fame inductees for 2014 are three men whose vision changed the landscape of IRONMAN racing in Europe and Africa. Georg Hochegger, Stefan Petschnig and Helge Lorenz dreamed of creating an IRONMAN event in Austria with 1,200 athletes, a vision deemed “unthinkable” because, at the time, Austria’s largest triathlon had just 400 competitors.
Fast forward a little over a decade and that “unthinkable goal” had turned into one of the most iconic IRONMAN races in the world and boasted over 2,500 participants. As if that weren’t enough, they had created licensed full-distance events in France, South Africa along with IRONMAN 70.3 races in Monaco, South Africa and a second Austrian event in St. Poelten …
… Hochegger looks back and can’t believe that he managed to talk his two friends into helping him develop his “crazy” idea, or what they eventually achieved. “It was an amazing time that we had,” he says. “It was a great time to be there and build something for people who enjoyed the events as much as we di that’s the biggest reward.”