RICHMOND, VA--(Marketwired - October 07, 2016) - An IRONMAN® triathlon is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world. Participants must be in top shape to complete the 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and then run a 26.2-mile marathon. Given the physical and financial investment required to compete in an IRONMAN triathlon, it makes sense to consider protecting this investment with insurance. Now, IRONMAN competitors can protect their registration investment with insurance from leading consumer specialty insurance provider Allianz Global Assistance.*
"Registration Protector" from Allianz Global Assistance will be available for purchase by IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon registrants beginning in October 2016. For an additional fee, Registration Protector will cover up to $1,000 in non-refundable race registration fees. Also included with each insurance policy is Competition Care, a 24/7 service available to insured racers that can provide race-day information, find a nearby bicycle repair shop, locate athletic equipment stores and more.
During registration, participants will be provided with the option to insure their IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 registration fee. With Registration Protector, a participant who misses an event for a reason such as a covered injury or illness, job loss, transportation delays, military/family/legal obligations, and other covered reasons can get their registration fees reimbursed.
"We understand that sometimes an injury, illness or other unforeseen problem may cause an athlete to miss an IRONMAN," said Shane Facteau, Chief Operating Officer of IRONMAN. "We are pleased to partner with Allianz to offer insurance that will provide a full refund of the IRONMAN registration fee when a racer has to bow out for a reason covered by the policy."
The availability of Registration Protector will be announced at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai'i, where Allianz Global Assistance is the Official Race Registration Protection Sponsor.
"We're excited to be partnering with IRONMAN to offer their athletes the tremendous benefits that Registration Protector has to offer," said Mike Nelson, CEO of Allianz Global Assistance USA and global head of travel insurance. "Every year, we provide great coverage and outstanding 24/7/365 service and assistance to 21 million customers. We're happy to be able to offer this coverage, service and peace of mind to participants in one of the world's toughest races."
Allianz Global Assistance will manage all customer service and claims activity for Registration Protector policyholders and is available 24/7 to answer questions or help solve problems.
Allianz Global Assistance USA
Allianz Global Assistance USA (AGA Service Company) is a leading consumer specialty insurance and assistance company. We provide insurance to 21 million customers annually and are best known for our Allianz Travel Insurance plans. In addition to travel insurance, Allianz Global Assistance USA offers tuition insurance, event ticket protection, registration protection for endurance events and unique travel assistance services such as international medical assistance and concierge services. The company also serves as an outsource provider for in-bound call center services and claims administration for property and casualty insurers and credit card companies. To learn more please visit www.allianzworldwidepartners.com/usa
* - Terms, conditions, limitations and exclusions apply to all plans. Plans are available only to U.S. residents. Not all plans are available in all jurisdictions. For a complete description of the coverage and benefit limits offered under your plan, carefully review your plan's Letter of Confirmation/Declarations and Certificate of Insurance/Policy. Insurance coverage is underwritten by Jefferson Insurance Company (NY, Administrative Office: Richmond, VA), rated "A+" (Superior) by A.M. Best Co., under Jefferson Form No. 105-C series or 105-P series, depending on state of residence. Allianz Global Assistance and Allianz Travel Insurance are brands of AGA Service Company. AGA Service Company is the licensed producer and administrator of this plan and an affiliate of Jefferson Insurance Company. The insured shall not receive any special benefit or advantage because of the affiliation between AGA Service Company and Jefferson Insurance Company. Non-insurance benefits/products are provided and serviced by AGA Service Company.