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 Speaker Mark Allen

Mark Allen

Motivational Speaker, Six Time Ironman Triathlon World Champion

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,000 and under i
  • Languages Spoken
    English
  • Travels From
    California, USA

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About Speaker Mark Allen…

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 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 at that time. Mark 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. In 2012 Mark was voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete of All Time” by in a worldwide poll conducted by ESPN.

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 is the coauthor with Brant Secunda of the award winning book titled “Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You” (fitsoul-fitbody.com). His latest book is a thought provoking hard cover titled “The Art of Competition” (art-of-competiton.com).

Testimonials 3

  • You clearly exceeded our expectations . . . The audience laughed and cried and cheered as you took us through the most remarkable journey. Of all our speakers, you have had the greatest impact on our conference.

    Mark Dranfield

    First Allied Securities

  • 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

    Franklin Covey and author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People"

  • 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 our 10 years of doing seminars.

    Todd Duncan

    The Duncan Group

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