No triathlete has gained the recognition or success that Mark Allen has. After competing and losing in the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in his first six attempts at this demanding race, he emerged victorious in 1989, winning the most difficult one-day sporting event in the world.
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 at that time. He also excelled at the Olympic distance, winning the sport’s inaugural Olympic Distance World Championships in 1989 in Avignon, France. He went undefeated in ten trips to the Nice International Triathlon, and from 1988-1990 he put together a winning streak of twenty consecutive victories.
Over the course of a fifteen-year racing career, which ended in 1996, Mark 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”. His most recent sports accolade came in November of 2012 when he was voted “The Greatest Endurance Athlete Of All Time” in a worldwide poll conducted by ESPN.
Since retiring from competition Mark shares his stories of Ironman racing with corporate audiences throughout the country, has a triathlon coaching service used in over fifty countries worldwide, and is an award winning author along with Brant Secunda for their ground breaking book Fit Soul, Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You.