IRONMAN is proud to announce that Turia Pitt will make her IRONMAN® triathlon debut at IRONMAN Australia on May 1 in Port Macquarie.


The inspiring Australian will test herself over the 3.8km swim, 180km ride and 42.2km run, that makes up an IRONMAN triathlon.

In 2001, Pitt was competing in an Ultra Marathon in Western Australia when she was caught in a fast moving bushfire. The fire almost claimed her life, leaving her with burns to 65 per cent of her body.

Part of what drove her through the enormous challenge of her rehabilitation was her desire to one day become an IRONMAN.

“When I was in the hospital I was told that I’d never run again. It was like a light was switched on in my head. I thought ‘I’ll show you, I’m going to do an IRONMAN one day,’ she said.

“It was the best motivation. My mum and my partner, Michael, would come into my hospital room each morning and say ‘come on, get up, it’s time to get training for your IRONMAN’ and I’d get up and get stuck in.”

Pitt will also use the event to raise money and awareness for the charity Interplast.

Interplast provides free reconstructive surgery to people in developing countries across the Asia-Pacific. The money they raise enables volunteer surgeons to treat people with burns, cleft lip and palate and other disabilities who would otherwise be unable to access affordable, quality health care.

“My plastic surgeon volunteers for Interplast on an annual basis, which is how I found about their work. I’ve been working with Interplast since 2013 and have helped to raise close to $1 million for the organisation in this time,” Pitt said.

For more information about Interplast visit www.interplast.org.au/, to donate visit http://ironman.gofundraise.com.au/

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