Ironman North American Championship heading to Iowa in 2022

Ironman has announced a new addition to their full-distance series and find out why Iowa is the place to be for the Ironman North American Championship.

DES MOINES, IA - JUNE 20: Athletes compete in the running portion of the IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines on June 20, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images for IRONMAN)

Des Moines in Iowa is set to be the newest location for the Ironman North American Championship in 2022.


The news comes as organisers have decided to switch the popular 70.3 event that took place there earlier in the year to a full-distance event, which is scheduled to take place on 12 June 2022.

The course will follow much of the scenic middle-distance route, taking athletes along a 3.8km swim in Gray’s Lake near downtown Des Moines. Athletes will then roll through the picturesque Water Works Park, West Des Moines and alongside the traditional cornfields of Polk County and Dallas County on the 180km bike course.

The race will conclude in a flat and fast multi-lap route that will take in the sights on Racoon River, the Pappajohn Sculpture Park and what is set to be a lively and spectator-lined downtown finish.

“Hosting the Ironman 70.3 earlier this year was our warm-up, and now we’re ready for the encore,” said Greg Edwards, president and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “Des Moines put in the work and everything from the course to the community-wide support impressed. Now we’re prepared to put in twice the work and have twice as much fun hosting the prestigious full-distance Ironman North American Championship!”

Registration for the Piedmontese Ironman North American Championship Des Moines will open on 1 November 2021 at


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