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Citi Handlowy becomes the naming sponsor of the IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw

Citi Handlowy becomes the naming sponsor of the IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw and the 5150 Warsaw triathlon events, both scheduled for June 6, 2021. The IRONMAN 70.3 race will take place in Warsaw for the first time. The bank also remains the sponsor of the IRONMAN Gdynia and the Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia taking place in early August 2021.

The events in the capital city of Poland will be named the Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw and the Citi Handlowy 5150 Warsaw.
- We are glad that Citi Handlowy continues to partner with the IRONMAN Poland. We are proud to become the naming sponsor of the prestigious IRONMAN 70.3 event which will take place in Warsaw for the very first time. These events enjoy a massive recognition by athletes and fans – including our clients and partners. We truly hope 2021 will give us an opportunity to take part, shoulder to shoulder, in these great sport events – says Maciej Kropidłowski, Vice-President of the Management Board of Citi Handlowy.
Michał Drelich – CEO at Sport Evolution, Poland’s exclusive IRONMAN licensee, also welcomes the extended deal with huge appreciation.
- This year has been exceptionally tough for mass participation events industry. Most events have been postponed or cancelled. That was also the case for the IRONMAN Poland races. The events in Gdynia eventually took place on a new date in September – under very rigid sanitary regimen – while in the case of the 5150 Warsaw we were forced to cancel the event in 2020 – says Michał Drelich. – Our partnership with Citi Handlowy is an extremely positive example of corporate social responsibility, even more important in this challenging period. For athletes from around the globe this is a great news which should make all of us look ahead with a bit more optimism. The Covid-19 pandemic is not over yet and we take it very seriously but we also believe that the ‘return to normal’ is possible – he adds.
The IRONMAN Group – owner of the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series and 5150™ Triathlon Series - is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The Citi Handlowy naming sponsorship deal follows the recent announcement of The IRONMAN Group’s Polish event portfolio development, with the addition of two events: the IRONMAN Gdynia and the IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw.
- The 5150 Warsaw event has already been held four times and attracted almost six thousand athletes. The people and the community of Warsaw have proved that sport is in our blood. In recent years, our city has seen numerous mass-participation sport events with large numbers of Warsaw citizens taking part. To us, adding the IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw was just a matter of time. I am glad our citizens will have a new opportunity to challenge themselves - says Renata Kaznowska, Deputy Mayor of Warsaw.
The Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission on September
 17 & 18, 2021 in St. George, Utah, USA.  
General registration for the IRONMAN Gdynia, the Enea IRONMAN 70.3 Gdynia, the Citi Handlowy IRONMAN 70.3 Warsaw and the Citi Handlowy 5150 Warsaw was launched on December 2 on SlotMarket.pl online registration platform. Nearly 3,000 athletes have already signed up in the first days after opening.
For more information please visit www.ironman.com/im703-warsaw and www.ironman.com/5150-warsaw
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Citi Handlowy 

Bank Handlowy w Warszawie SA is one of the largest financial institutions in Poland. Under the brand name Citi Handlowy, it offers various advanced products and services in the areas of corporate, investment and retail banking. Bank Handlowy provides services to 5,700 corporate clients and around 680,000 individual customers through modern distribution channels and a network of 18 branches. The Bank’s Group includes such entities as: Dom Maklerski Banku Handlowego (brokerage house) and Handlowy Leasing. As a member of Citigroup, the largest financial institution worldwide, Bank Handlowy provides its clients with access to financial services in more than 100 countries.  

Citi (NYSE:C) is a leading global financial institution servicing about 200 million client accounts in more than 160 countries. Through its two separate operational units: Citicorp and Citi Holdings, Citi provides services to individual, corporate, governmental and institutional clients offering them a broad range of financial products and services in the retail, corporate and investment banking segments, as well as brokerage and asset management services. For more information please visit www.citigroup.com or www.citi.com.
The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance (www.advance.com), a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

Sport Evolution

Sport Evolution is a leading sports marketing agency in Poland, focused on mass participation sport events in running, cycling and triathlon. The company holds the exclusive IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series and 5150™ Triathlon Series licenses in the country. Its team also served as the core of the LOC of the World Athletics Half Marathon Championships Gdynia 2020. The agency’s event portfolio, besides IRONMAN-branded events, features the Gran Fondo Gdynia, the Gdynia Half Marathon and a number of other running events. Sport Evolution is strongly engaged in numerous charity projects, including
 the RONDO 1 Run Up and The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Run. For more information, please visit: www.sportevolution.pl

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