IRONMAN Responds to Kona Lottery Decision

Statement from IRONMAN in response to recent DOJ decision.

Originally posted: Wednesday 13th May 2015 on www.ironman.com

We are proud of the longstanding tradition of the IRONMAN Kona Lottery. Thanks to the vision of IRONMAN Co-founders, John and Judy Collins, the IRONMAN Lottery has changed lives and provided athletes of all abilities the opportunity to participate in the world’s most challenging and iconic one day endurance event, the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The IRONMAN Kona Lottery has operated in a substantially similar manner since 1983. Several months ago, the Tampa office of the U.S. Department of Justice contacted IRONMAN to claim that the IRONMAN Kona Lottery is not compliant with existing lottery and gambling laws. Since that time, we have fully cooperated with the Department of Justice through a series of meetings and correspondences. As a result of our cooperation, the Department of Justice and IRONMAN have come to an agreement to no longer operate the Kona Lottery in its current form. While we do not agree with U.S. Department of Justice’s interpretation of the relevant statutes or that there has been anything untoward or inappropriate in our operation of the IRONMAN Kona Lottery, IRONMAN chose to settle so that we can focus on our priorities – our athletes and our events.

Our 2015 winners of the IRONMAN Kona Lottery are unaffected by this agreement and their slots will be honored.

We continue to believe in the Collins’ vision for making the IRONMAN World Championship accessible to athletes of all abilities and plan to announce new plans later this year.

 

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