The Ironman 70.3 World Championship is finally returning to the home of Ironman after the organisation announced Taupo, New Zealand, is to host the prestigious event in 2024.
Taupo was originally chosen to host the 2020 championship event, which had to be postponed to 2022 due to the pandemic. However, uncertainty surrounding travel restrictions for arrivals into New Zealand has seen the 2022 event stay in St George, Utah, for another year.
Meanwhile, the 2023 championship event, which promises to be a spectacular course in lakeside Lahti, Finland, was already arranged, which means Taupo has to patiently wait until 2024 for its chance to host. But the wait will finally come to an end on 14-15 December in 2024, where the world’s best middle-distance triathletes will battle it out in the stunning waters of Lake Taupo and along rolling Kiwi roads.
“Taupo is a historic and iconic destination in the world of Ironman, and while the wait to compete there in a world championship event has been longer than we had hoped, we can’t wait to see the best Ironman 70.3 athletes from around the globe have an opportunity to race in December 2024”, said Andrew Messick, President & CEO of The Ironman Group.
Ironman 70.3 World Championship schedule:
- 2022: St. George, Utah, USA; 28-29 October, 2022
- 2023: Lahti, Finland; 26-27 August, 2023
- 2024: Taupo, New Zealand; 14-15 December, 2024
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