IRONMAN has announced that, starting in 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis. Details on the global rotation process will be forthcoming.
“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.
“We’re 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.”
This year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 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.
“We would love to hold the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Europe in the near future and we have started identifying locations which are capable of hosting such an event. European athletes have been eagerly waiting for a chance to race this event on their home turf and we will present them a perfect environment to do so,” adds Thomas Dieckhoff, WTC’s Chief Executive Officer Europe, Middle East & Africa.
For more information about the event, please visit www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/ironman-70.3/world-championship