Legendary announcer Mike Reilly, better known the voice of Ironman, will be inducted to the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame, the agency announced this week.
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Along with Reilly, four-time Olympian Hunter Kemper, age-group multisport stars Donna Smyers and James Ward will also be inducted as the ninth class of the Hall of Fame.
“As always, the members of the Hall of Fame Executive Committee are proud to recognize the outstanding men and women who earn this honor,” chairman of USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Jon Gray Noll said. “We hope their achievements serve as inspiration to participants in multisport at every level.”
Reilly has called the finishes more than 160 Ironman Triathlons, 1,200 races and more than 2 million athletes in his nearly 40 years career. He announced and participated in some of the first triathlons ever held on Fiesta Island in the 1980s. In 1989, he announced his first Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and spent the next 30 years announcing millions of athletes at the finish line of Ironmans worldwide. It’s a passion he continues to do so today at the age of 64.
For his long connection to the sport, Reilly was inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame in 2011.
Along with the three other inductees, Reilly will be honored at a banquet on Aug. 9 in Cleveland, coinciding with the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championships from Aug. 11-12.
Founded in 2008, USA Triathlon Hall Fame serves to recognize, honor and commemorate those individuals and groups who have demonstrated excellence in every aspect of multisport.
This year’s class brings the number of inductees to 41.
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