York Galland of Innovative Matrix Discusses the Ironman Triathlon

In my spare time, I enjoy taking part in several types of athletic activities. One of these is the Ironman Triathlon, a long-distance race organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC). The Ironman Triathlon consists of swimming (2.4 miles), biking (112 miles), and running (approximately 26 miles). Generally, the Ironman Triathlon must be completed within 17 hours, though some races allow only 15 hours. The Ironman Triathlon arose from a dispute between athletes of different disciplines following a race in Hawaii in 1977. Athletes in one discipline argued that they were more fit than those in the other two disciplines, so the Ironman Triathlon was developed as a combination of three existing races to determine overall fitness. The first Ironman Triathlon consisted of the Honolulu Marathon, the Around-Oahu Bike Race, and the Waikiki Roughwater Swim. The first edition of the race took place in February 1978, with 15 participants, most from U.S. military backgrounds. Of those contestants, 12 completed the race, and the winner was Gordon Haller, a Navy Communications Specialist who finished the event in slightly under 12 hours. The Ironman Triathlon quickly grew in popularity, receiving coverage in a number of sports publications and drawing new adherents. The location of the Ironman Triathlon now changes regularly, but the Hawaii edition of the race is still regarded as one of the most prestigious. The WTC, current owner of the Ironman Triathlon brand, was established in 1990 when a group of businessmen bought the brand from the previous owner, the Hawaii Triathlon Corporation. The WTC continues to produce the official Ironman Triathlon races, although other Ironman-length competitions take place regularly. The International Triathlon Union has never officially sanctioned the Ironman Triathlon, so the winners of Ironman Triathlons unfortunately are not considered world triathlon champions.

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As Chief Executive Officer of US Sports, LLC in Provo, Utah, York Galland commands a global health and fitness product firm with offices in the United States and China. Since November 2008, York Galland has proven an integral member of US Sports, LLC, directing the entire range of company operations in his role as CEO. Under York Galland’s stewardship, US Sports, LLC has enjoyed unprecedented expansion and increased visibility through partnerships with several American and international sports legends, including NBA all-stars Josh Smith, Tracy McGrady, and Dennis Scott. At US Sports, LLC, York Galland has employed a number of successful strategies to sell and market its Adult Protein, Power Protein, and Power Burn health products. Prior to his position with US Sports, LLC, York Galland served as Chief Executive Officer for the Kingsley Management Corp in Provo, Utah. From May 1996 to June 2009, York Galland performed as a key player on the executive team at Kingsley Management Corp, where he oversaw the efficient management of his firm’s low-income properties and mobile home communities. During his time with Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland assisted in company growth, with operations in 8 states and an employment roster in excess of 200 individuals. Accomplishing various objectives throughout the course of his tenure at Kingsley Management Corp, York Galland positioned the firm as one of the industry leaders in affordable, low-income property management. York Galland launched his career as a business executive upon completion of his M.B.A. at the Provo, Utah-based Marriott School of Management (Brigham Young University). Finishing at the top of his graduate class, York Galland demonstrated his proficiency as a student and future business executive. York Galland also earned his B.A. in English in 1994 from Brigham Young University, where he took undergraduate coursework in business management and literature.