- Six Time Ironman World Triathlon Champion
The Ironman Triathlon held on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. It starts with a 2.4-mile ocean swim,followed by 112 miles of cycling, and then finishes with a 26.2-mile marathon. For most of the 1500 men and women who compete in the Ironman crossing the finish...read the rest
The Ironman Triathlon held on the Big Island of Hawaii, is the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world. It starts with a 2.4-mile ocean swim,followed by 112 miles of cycling, and then finishes with a 26.2-mile marathon. For most of the 1500 men and women who compete in the Ironman crossing the finish line amounts to a victory.
Mark Allen had a different destiny. His first six attempts, all losses, were casualties of everything from flat tires to internal bleeding. Yet each defeat served to galvanize his commitment to fulfilling his dream of becoming the Ironman Champion. Finally on his seventh attempt Mark won, beating Dave Scott in triathlon’s greatest race ever.
Allen went on to win a total of six Ironman titles in six attempts. His final victory came at the age of 37, making him the oldest champion ever in this incredibly challenging event! Mark Allen completed a 15-year career in the world of elite athletics with a 90% top-three finish record, going undefeated in 20 races over a three year span from 1988-1990. He was named “Triathlete of the Year” six times, and after retiring in 1996 was called “The World’s Fittest Man” by Outside magazine.
Still living the principles that enabled him to turn adversity into success, Mark Allen was recently awarded the highest ranking any speaker ever receives from Northwestern Financial Network for a keynote address he gave to their advisors. Mark works for NBC Sports as an expert analyst each year at the Ironman and provided commentary at the Sydney Olympics for triathlon’s debut at the Games.
Mark Allen also authored the successful book on lifestyle fitness titled “Workouts for Working People,” and has a second project he coauthored with Brant Secunda titled “Fit Soul, Fit Body” that is slated for release in January 2009.read less
Mark Allen in Media
One of the most unique and inspiring presentations I’ve ever heard, with very compelling, practical applications for any person or organization facing what many would call an “impossible challenge.
- Stephen R. Covey; Co-founder of Franklin Covey and author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Your talk was VERY well received … Everyone left feeling very motivated and inspired. Clearly you hit the mark and made an impact on people.
- Shawn McKibben; Senior Director Restaurant Development, McDonald’s USA
Your presentation changed lives. You have a gift—a simple message with powerful results. You rank as one of the top speakers I have ever hired in over 10 years of doing seminars.
- Todd Duncan; Founder of The Duncan Group
Thanks again for being with us. Your message (overcoming adversity, hard work does pay off, stick to what you know works, etc.) is one that we all should hear at least once each year. By the way, your speaker “score” was … outstanding.”
- Jim Lavold; Associate Director-Meetings, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network