Wish I could get to more Ironmans throughout the year but it is just physically impossible. As you all know there seems to be one every weekend now!  There are other great announcers working the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events like Paul Kaye, Peter Murray, Tom Ziebart, Dave Ragsdale,  Joanne Murphy, Eric Gilsenan, Dave Downey, Michael Lovato, Cameron Harper, Alain Cyr, and more. They’re voices that don’t go unnoticed and to work with them and watch their amazing passion for Ironman is a pure pleasure.

How do I pick which events to work (not really work in the true sense of the word).  A lot depends on my full time great job with Events.com and how much travel I can pull off in one year. Plus working Ironmans on back to back weekends is a tough call.  Being a new Grandpa and loving to be with my family at home in San Diego is always my #1 priority! But the best part of doing what I do is being with all of you who I consider my second family. The number of you I see at the events each and every year I consider my friends.

I’ll be out for a run or riding my bike and one of you or more will pop into my head.  I’ll remember your finish, a conversation we had, what you said it meant to you hearing those 4 words, or meeting your children.  It is like a page in a chapter of a book that I remember like I just read it.  And yes, I am trying to get it all down for a book someday.

Now with the schedule – which consist mostly of the full distance.  The good folks at Ironman give me the autonomy to choose the Ironman events I’d like to go to in the US. I am honored that Ironman New Zealand and Australia invite me every year! Ironman chooses who works the 70.3 World Championships and European events. There are a few US Ironmans where my goal is to keep them in my schedule every year (Lake Placid, Wisconsin, Kona, Arizona) until I hang up the microphone (don’t ask when because I don’t yet know).

3/5 Ironman New Zealand (#150 total for me)

4/2 Oceanside 70.3

5/1 Ironman Australia

5/14 Ironman Texas

7/24 Ironman Lake Placid

8/7 Ironman Boulder

8/21 Ironman Mont-Tremblant

9/11 Ironman Wisconsin

10/8 Ironman Hawaii

10/22 Ironman North Carolina

11/20 Ironman Arizona

The reason I can’t do Ironman Vineman here in my home state a family member is getting married that weekend and I am officiating her wedding.  It was a tough decision not going to Ironman Coeur d Alene, one I’ve been to every year but it falls on IM Mont-Tremblant weekend.  Mont-Tremblant is my only opportunity to call a Canadian event so I chose to go there again for their 5th anniversary. They are on different weekends in 2017 so I’ll be back to Coeur d Alene!

Can’t wait to see you all and your amazing finishes!  Happy training everyone.

Cheers,

Mike

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Written by Ironman Voice

Mike Reilly has announced and provided Master of Ceremony duties at over 1000 endurance sporting events in his career. He is best known as the “Voice of Ironman” Triathlons worldwide. He has welcomed over 200,000 athletes across Ironman finish lines to the world famous phrase “You are an Ironman” since 1989. He has been the voice at Running and Triathlon event finish lines including 22 Ironman Hawaii World Championships and 97 Ironman’s total. He worked the first ever Rock n Roll Marathon in San Diego and was the first American to work an Ironman outside of the United States in both Australia and New Zealand. Mike is one of the original 10 team members of the Active Network (Active.com) in San Diego, CA formed in 1999 now employing over 2500. He is the Vice President of Major Events at Active which is the world’s largest participatory sports online registration company. He is on the Running USA National Conference Committee and the MC of the event. He is also one of the original founding members of Triathlon America the organization for the sport of Triathlon. He was one of the first Power Bar Sporting Goods reps in the US along with forming the first ever Saucony Triathlon team while representing them. He had worked with and sold over 30 sporting good lines to major retailers before Active.com. In 1984 Mike and his wife Rose started Race Place Magazine in Southern California. Race Place is still the #1 regional source for endurance event listings. He ran his first marathon in 1978 and completed his first triathlon in 1980 and still runs and cycles on a daily basis no matter where he is in the world.

8 comments

  1. Mike:

    Great to see you coming back to Wisconsin! Looking forward to seeing you at the event and at the finish line. We love to have you!

    Bud M.

  2. Your continued support for athletes everywhere is so very appreciated! Thank you so much for all you do! I hope to one day find that perfect job that becomes not “work” but a true joy every day!

  3. Im glad I got my 1st IM up in CDA last year and you got to call my name! Im equally happy that you will call my name again at IM Boulder this year!

  4. So bummed that you won’t be at Vineman, especially since it is its first year! This will be my first IM and was soooo looking forward to hearing those 4 words from a legend. Maybe after the race you could give me a call. Lol

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