2022 IRONMAN World Champion CHELSEA SODARO to keynote the 2023 RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo in Boston on March 12th
January 24, 2023 – Sun Multisport Events today announced that CHELSEA SODARO, the 2022 IRONMAN World Champion, will keynote the RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo held on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at the Boston University Fit Rec Center in Boston, MA. RACE-MANIA is the Northeast’s premier gathering dedicated to educating, equipping and inspiring endurance athletes preparing for the start of a new season.
Chelsea Sodaro grew up in Davis, California where she spent time cycling, swimming and playing competitive soccer. Later, she developed a passion for running and went on to become a four-time All-American racing competitively in cross-country and track at UC Berkley. When injuries derailed her efforts to make the 2016 Olympic team she turned her attention to multisport and completed her first triathlon in the spring of 2017. Later that season she achieved her first ITU World Cup podium. This was followed by winning her first ITU World Cup in 2018. She then successfully transitioned to long-course racing placing in the top 5 in all 8 IRONMAN 70.3 events she raced in 2018 and 2019 including five 1st place positions and 4th at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Nice, France.
Chelsea gave birth to her daughter, Skye, in 2021 adding the need to balance the challenges of raising a family to the training rigors of a professional triathlete. Still, Chelsea continued to perform at a high level when she returned to racing just 4 months after giving birth to take 6th place at IM 70.3 Boulder in August 2021. In June 2022 Chelsea debuted at the IRONMAN distance placing 2nd at the IRONMAN European Championship in Hamburg, Germany in a time of 8:36:41 (the second fastest debut time in history), but her biggest racing achievement was yet to come.
Chelsea shocked the long distance racing world at the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, HI by taking 1st place among the professional women in a time of 8:33:46. The win made her the first female to take the IRONMAN world title in her first race since Chrissie Wellington in 2007, she was also the first American woman to win it since 1996… AND the second mom ever to win! “No-one was picking me to do much of anything here,” Chelsea Sodaro said after the win. “I thought I had a really solid debut in Hamburg, the second fastest debut ever, and I think I maybe got a little chip on my shoulder that my name wasn’t even in the conversation here,” she added.
Attendees of RACE-MANIA will have multiple opportunities to connect with Chelsea and hear her speak. She will be available at 11:00am for a “Meet & Greet” at the Max Performance booth on the RACE-MANIA expo floor and then participate in a keynote Q&A moderated by fellow IRONMAN World Champion and USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, KAREN SMYERS, at 1:00pm. A limited number of attendees will also have the opportunity to sign up for a “VIP Pass” which will include participation in a shakeout run with Chelsea the morning of RACE-MANIA, priority seating for the keynote Q&A and a goodie bag.
RACE-MANIA offers endurance athletes an energy-packed day that features educational presentations, hands on-clinics and workshops, competitive events, a vendor expo and more. Adding to the excitement on the day, RaceQuest Travel has contributed two Grand Prize Giveaways that eligible attendees can win including (1) 2024 Challenge Roth 7-Night Classic Race Week Tour with one race entry valued at $3,995; and (2) 2023 IRONMAN World Championship 7-Night Tour in Kona, HI for the winner and a guest valued at $5,995. Complete details can be found here:
RACE-MANIA is produced by Sun Multisport Events and Platinum-level sponsors include the Columbia Threadneedle Investments Boston Triathlon, Max Performance, New England Endurance Events, RaceQuest Travel and TB12. The Official Charitable Partner is the American Cancer Society’s Bicycles Battling Cancer Charity Ride. Boston University’s Fit Rec Center, located at 915 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, MA, provides state-of-the-art facilities for RACE-MANIA, including 25,000+ square feet for the expo, a high-tech theater for presentations, multiple classrooms for clinics and workshops, an indoor track and a world-class pool.
About Sun Multisport Events (SME)
Sun Multisport Events is New England’s premier, award-winning endurance event production company. SME offers a unique set of events that attracts a diverse set of endurance athletes. In addition to the RACE-MANIA Summit and Expo, SME produces sprint, Olympic and half distance multisport races and “Barn to Run”, New England’s first and only farm-based trail race series. SME won “Best Triathlon Series” (2013) and its Patriot Half won “Best Small Race” (2013, 2017) in the Triathlete’s Choice Awards and “Best Triathlon” in the Best of Competitor 2016 (Northeast). Visit the Sun Multiport Events website to learn more at https://sunmultisportevents.com/
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