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Golden ticket to Kona can be yours starting at 10K

Posted Apr 20 2009 11:01pm

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Ladies and gentlemen triathletes---this is it! This is your golden (or perhaps bluish purple) ticket to race at the Ironman World Championships in Kona this year.

Yours for the reasonable sum of $10,000. At least that what the bidding starts at on eBay. Over the next month the World Triathlon Corporation will auction four of these tickets on eBay for charity.

So if you' ve dreamed of racing on the big island with the big boys and girls of Ironman racing---this is your chance to make it to the big show.

Click HERE to bid, or you could try printing this one and  bringing it with you to Kona. You know we' re just kidding, right?

According to Ironman.com the money goes to many worthy causes:

"For a seventh consecutive year, World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is conducting an eBay charity auction offering four coveted entries to the 2009 Ford Ironman® World Championship, to be held October 10, 2009 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.  This year, four lucky athletes will embark on the Ultimate Ironman Experience, once again to benefit various charitable organizations.  The auction will begin on Sunday, April 19th and will incorporate four phases with one slot available per week. 

Since its inception in 2003, the Ironman Foundation and eBay charity auction has raised more than $2,500,000 for a variety of charitable organizations worldwide.    In 2008, Ironman recognized a multitude of groups that lent their support in each of the event markets in addition to those organizations located in the two World Championships' host cities, including a donation of $50,000 to Clearwater for Youth (CFY), an organization that celebrated forty years of service last year.  With a mission of building character through sports, CFY provides support to area youth programs and participants in need, allowing children from all levels of society to play and learn together.    Grants and donations were also made to the West Hawaii chapters of the following national organizations: The Ronald McDonald House, Boy Scouts of America, American Cancer Society and The Special Olympics, among others.  "

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