Nike Athlete Ian Adamson Announces Retirement
posted Jan 11, 2007 @ 11:00 AM by Press Release
Ian Adamson, seven time adventure racing world champion and three time world record holder for endurance kayaking, announced today that he is retiring as a full time professional athlete.
Adamson, who twice captured the Guinness World Record for endurance kayaking in 1987 and 2004 by paddling 262 miles in 24 hours was recently named one of Men’s Journal Adventurers of the Year in 2006. His career spanned two decades during which he had three Eco-Challenge and Primal Quest wins, two Raid World Championship and Adventure Race World Championship victories, and gold, silver and bronze medals at the ESPN X-Games and Ford Adventure Games.
As an iconic figure in the world of adventure sports, Adamson balanced his athletic career by directing international endurance events, was the senior contributor at Adventure Sports Magazine, published the seminal “Runner’s World Guide to Adventure Racing” and appeared on television shows including Men’s Journal Adventure Team, Morry Povich, Regis & Cathy Lee, ESPN and CNN World Sports.
“I have always wanted to retire from professional athleticism on a high note and on my own terms” says Adamson. “2006 has been a banner year for our team, with repeat wins at Primal Quest, the Adventure Race World Championships and Raid World Championships, so now is the perfect time to retire. I will remain active in sport through Team Nike, and as a race director and journalist.”
With his focus squarely set on giving back to the sport and community, Adamson is producing the world’s first 24 Hours of Triathlon in Denver, CO and re-igniting his corporate speaking and training career.