Ironmanlife: Reilly Inducted into Hall of Fame Race announcer Mike Reilly inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame

Published Monday, October 10, 2011 by  Kevin Mackinnon via Ironman.com

 

I wish more people could have been there to see it. After a weekend where we saw one of Ironman’s greatest days of racing, everyone who was at the Ford Ironman World Championship got to witness what I think is one of Ironman’s finest moments: Mike Reilly was inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame. How amazing was the moment? Even Reilly, “The Voice of Ironman” was speechless. (Photo by Lee Gruenfeld: Reilly announcing on Saturday in Kona.)Reilly has become an icon in the world of Ironman racing. His big booming voice, and boundless energy, help make the Ironman experience so special for all the competitors. Having “the voice” announce your name across the line is almost synonymous with becoming an Ironman finisher. Some athletes have been known to track him down after the race if he had been on a break when they crossed.

One caught up with him in the airport a few days after an Ironman a couple of years ago. “You’ve got to say it,” the man begged Reilly, who was in the middle of a store, trying to buy a magazine. “You’ve got to say it really loud.”

Reilly obliged – getting more than a few stares from passers by, but also a few knowing smiles from other Ironman athletes heading home – they knew exactly what was going on.

Since 1989 Mike Reilly has been an integral part of the Ironman World Championship. Last March he announced his 100th Ironman event in New Zealand.

As great as that voice is, as incredible as his energy and enthusiasm are, here’s what’s most appropriate about Reilly becoming part of the Ironman Hall of Fame: what you all see at the finish line and on the awards stage is 100 percent genuine. Reilly is kind, thoughtful, positive and endlessly enthusiastic. You see the result of all that positive energy in his family, too. He’s an incredible father (one son, Andy, was helping announce this weekend) and husband (Rose helped coordinate the surprise last night and shares Reilly’s boundless positive energy).

 

We all know him for his voice, but Mike Reilly is much more than that. He’s a great person to be able to call a friend and a very deserving member of the Ironman Hall of Fame.

Congrats, Mike.

You can reach Kevin Mackinnon at kevin@ironman.com

Kona 2011- Leading up to raceday

The Ironman World Championship is only days away and Mike Reilly is in full swing in his 23rd trip to the big island. (no, that’s not a typo, 23rd year!)

Wednesday represented the Kids race and the famous Ironman Parade of the Nations.  Mike is seen below at the Kids race with former Ironman Champion Heather Fuhr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The famous underpants run took place Thursday morning. Mike led the action out front with the Microphone, naturally. Seen below in some bright red tidy’s on the left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday also marked the media press conference with all of the professionals. There is a packed field this year for both Men and Woman. Chrissy Wellington still remains a favorite for the women but a recent injury has some people questioning how healthy she really is. The Men are marked by former champion Craig Alexander and the surging Andreas Ralert. It should be a great battle for the Kona Crown on Saturday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mike then led the pro’s through the rules and regulations meeting with the swim, bike and run instructors. No drafting people!

At NYSE for The Active Network going public!

At the New York Stock Exchange this morning to be a part of our company (The Active Network) going public. What an honor and accomplishment!

Active Network Completes IPO on the New York Stock Exchange

On Friday, May 27 executives and guests of The Active Network, Inc., the leading provider of organization-based cloud computing applications, visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) to celebrate the company’s completion of its initial public offering. Active Network began trading on the NYSE on May 25 under the ticker symbol “ACTV.”

In honor of the occasion, CEO Dave Alberga, joined by members of Active Network’s management team, rang the NYSE Opening Bell.