Rehab Party For Oakley Ironman Triathletes
After a grueling day out in the ocean, on the bike and your feet what better way to celebrate then a Rehab Party put on by Oakley. 1994 Ironman World Champion and Oakley’s Triathlete Sports Marketing Manager, Greg Welch had the brilliant idea of giving back to his athletes. The idea was turn the Oakley Safehouse on Alii Drive into an extravagant getaway of sorts for all the Oakley athletes that competed in the 2009 Ironman World Championships.
The event kicked off at 9am with a VIP catered brunch with all the fixings (check the photos), a 45 degree chilling tub filled with ice bags for the athletes sore legs, a pool for the kids to play in and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean.
Over 20 Oakley triathletes competing in this year’s Ironman were in attendance including Champions, Craig Alexander and Chrissie Wellington, as well as top finishers Chris Lieto and Cameron Brown.
Everyone enjoyed the food and chance to catch up with their fellow competitors about the prior day’s grueling elements. Race day had been one of the hotter and muggier days on record, and many discussed what it had done to their mind and bodies.
Once all had a chance to enjoy some food, Greg Welch asked everyone to gather in the dining area for a short speech. Welch first congratulated everyone for a great day of racing. He then followed that up with two specific awards, one went to the men’s repeat champion Craig Alexander, who was given a Pit Boss sunglass, and the other went to the women’s three-time champion and new world record holder Chrissie Wellington. Chrissie’s present was not yet read, a diamond women’s watch, which she will pick up this Thursday with her visit to Oakley, Inc. headquarters.
Big thanks to everyone that made this event so special and private for our top triathletes, or as Welchy puts it, “The best athletes in the world, period.”