Verde Brand Communications
CARLSBAD, Calif./TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2015) – Zoot Sports, a global leader in apparel for the endurance athlete, is proud to announce its partnership with IRONMAN as the official performance apparel and technical apparel sponsor for the 2016, 2017 and 2018 IRONMAN® North American Series. Founded in Kona, Hawai’i, the home of the IRONMAN® World Championship, Zoot began making performance apparel catering to triathletes, making this sponsorship a natural progression in Zoot’s passion and commitment to helping athletes succeed. The exclusive multi-year partnership will take effect in January 2016 and continue through 2018.
“Zoot Sports is a legacy performance apparel provider that we know can deliver innovative products to our world-class athletes,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “As their commitment to endurance athletes proves, Zoot Sports is a perfect match for IRONMAN and our community.”
Created in 1983, Zoot has grown to be a premier international multi-sports brand, distributed in 22 countries, and has introduced the first triathlon-specific footwear line. Blending science with innovation, Zoot products deliver the most comprehensive, technologically-advanced and complete multisport product line in the world. The brand continues to hold onto its Kona roots and history, making Zoot a perfect fit for the iconic and celebrated IRONMAN World Championship event.
“Zoot was born in Kona on Ali’i Drive. Since that day, we’ve been driven to create the most technologically advanced products for triathletes,” says Erik Vervloet, General Manager of Zoot Sports. “The marriage of IRONMAN and Zoot is a perfect match. There is no better platform for Zoot to tell its story than through the IRONMAN brand. Since day one, the IRONMAN athlete has been our inspiration and this allows us to be an even bigger part of their journey.”
This week in The IRONMAN Village at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, Zoot will showcase its new and exciting line of performance and technical apparel including tri tops and bottoms, cycling kits and running apparel. All of Zoot’s sublimated performance gear features Italian fabric for the best in moisture management, comfort and durability. Zoot is committed to covering athletes from start to finish and head to toe.
About Zoot Sports
Celebrating its 30th Anniversary in 2013, Zoot Sports is 100% focused on providing the athlete with the ultimate in performance footwear, apparel, wetsuits and accessories. Since the company's inception, Zoot has been pioneering innovative product solutions that cover the athlete from start to finish and head to toe. Zoot continues to draw on its history in the sport and its athletes to deliver the most comprehensive, technologically-advanced and complete multisport product line in the world. Visit Zoot online at zootsports.com.
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events and five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.