Mark Allen

Six Time Ironman Triathalon World Champion
Fee Range: $7,500–$10,000 [FEE NOTE]
Travels From: California
 

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. Of the 1500 men and women who have competed in the Ironman, crossing the finish line amounts to a victory.

Mark 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.

It would be the first of six Ironman victories for Allen, the last coming in 1995 at age 37, making him the oldest champion ever. He has also excelled at the Olympic distance, winning the sport's inaugural World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France, by more than a minute. He went undefeated in 10 trips to the Nice International Championships, and from 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of 20 races.

Over the course of his racing career, which ended in 1996, he maintained a 90% average in top-three finishes. He was named Triathlete of the Year six times by Triathlete magazine, and in 1997 Outside magazine tabbed him The World's Fittest Man.

Mark credits his string of six Ironman victories to Brant Secunda, who is a shaman, healer and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition from Mexico. It was Mark’s studies with Brant, which he continues today, that enabled Mark to be ready to pass Ironman’s test of body and soul.

His works with Brant Secunda lead to the creation of Fit Body Fit Soul, a series of seminars that Allen and Secunda co-teach in the United States and Europe. In these retreats Mark and Brant integrate the themes of body, heart and spirit and share many of the practices for developing the power of one’s body and soul that enabled Allen to win the Ironman, giving the participants a template for health, balance and well-being that they can use in all areas of life.

Still living the principles that enabled him to turn adversity into success, Mark 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 also brings his stories of Ironman success alive in the business setting providing insight into what it takes go beyond challenges in an every changing world. He shares his keys to Ironman success to help others become champions in their personal and professional lives. His clients include Franklin Covey, Honeywell, and Lucent Technologies.

Mark also authored the successful book on lifestyle fitness titled Workouts for Working People and is currently working on a second project that he is co-authoring with Brant Secunda titled Fit Body, Fit Soul due for release in 2008.

Most Requested Topics:

  • The Art of Ironman Success: How can we create certainty in an uncertain environment? Will we let defeat stop us or will we use it as feedback for change that will bring about ultimate victory? Where will we draw strength from when we want to quit? Are we the person our dreams demand us to be to achieve them?
  • No Work = No Results