Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Ironman 70.3 to rotate around the world
Ironman announced that, starting in 2014, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis. Details, like where the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will take place, have not been released at this time.
See the announcement from Ironman below:
"Having the Ironman 70.3 World Championship change locations from year to year will provide our athletes with the opportunity to race on some of the best courses and in some of the most beautiful places in the world," said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of World Triathlon Corporation (owner of Ironman). "We are looking forward to bringing the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to some of the top venues globally that will allow for more athletes outside of the United States to participate in a World Championship event."
Beginning in October of 2014, Ironman 70.3 Silverman triathlon will replace the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Henderson, Nev. From 2005-2010 Henderson held both the Silverman Ultra and Long distance triathlons at Lake Mead. During that six year-run, it drew thousands of competitors and was recognized as one of the toughest courses in North America.
"We are thrilled to welcome back to the city of Henderson a signature event that pays tribute to our Silverman heritage," said Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. "It's truly an inspiration to see the dedication and determination of these athletes as they compete in this elite race."
This year's Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev. on Sept. 8, 2013, will represent the third and final year in that location. The championship race had been previously held in Clearwater, Fla. since its inception in 2006. Each year, more than 1,800 domestic and international competitors have earned the right to compete in the championship by qualifying at an Ironman 70.3 event.
"Ironman would like to thank the City of Henderson for its hospitality and support over the past three years," said Jeff Edwards, Ironman Vice President of Operations, North America. "We've had tremendous support from the community and volunteers for the World Championship effort."
"We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City of Henderson as we recreate the excitement of the Silverman event."