Egypt’s first ever Ironman event is set to take place on November 19th 2021 in the picturesque desert hinterland and marine hotspot of Harghada and Sahl Hasheesh, on the Red Sea coast.
Ironman 70.3 Egypt will commence 30kms south of Harghada on the white sands of Sahl Hasheesh Bay (top image), where athletes will plunge into the turquoise waters for a single 1.9km swim loop. Onto a beachside transition, before setting off on a one-lap out and back bike route through the arid deserts of Hurghada, overlooking the Red Sea mountains. The final leg sends competitors on a blissfully flat two-loop 21.1km run along the promenade, past local attractions and overlooking the bay with breath-taking views of marine mecca, Abu Hasheesh Island.
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Originally a fishing village, Harghada is now a resort town world-renowned for its marine life and coral reefs. November is an ideal time of year to race, with an arid coastal climate of 21-26ºc out the water and 26-28ºc in the water. Though it will be a non-wetsuit swim, athletes will benefit from the extra buoyancy created by the famously salty Red Sea.
Race organiser Hassan Khalifa says: “We are thrilled to bring the first Ironman 70.3 to Hurghada and Egypt. With its easy accessibility through our international airport and a perfect touristic infrastructure, Hurghada and Sahel Hasheesh Bay are made for international sports events and we are looking forward to soon treating athletes from all over the world to Egyptian hospitality”.
This is set to be a popular event with the top 30 age-groupers qualifying for the 2022 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Taupō, NZ. Registration for the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Egypt opens January 14th 2021, online sign-up here: www.ironman.com/im703-egypt
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