Ironman 70.3 Italy, the first-ever Ironman 70.3 event in Italy, is scheduled for 12 June 2011. The event, hosted by the city of Pescara, will be one of the first races in the 2011 Ironman 70.3 European season.
The bustling city of Pescara provides spectacular views from the seaside directly up to the 3000m tall mountains of the Abruzzo. Experienced in hosting large-scale events, such as the 2009 Mediterranean Games, and known for its numerous outdoor tourism activities, Pescara is located two driving hours east of Rome and just four kilometres from Abruzzo International Airport, with regular flights to/from Frankfurt, Barcelona, London, Milan and Paris.
Ironman 70.3 Italy begins with a 1.9K swim that takes place near the downtown beach area in the calm and temperate water of the Adriatic Sea. Athletes will then embark on the 90K bike through the foothills of the Abruzzo Mountains that provides a challenging and scenic ride through vineyards and groves of olive trees.
The concluding half marathon (21.1K) along the beach promenade lined with palm trees and through downtown Pescara leads to the finish line in the heart of the city. There will be 35 qualifying slots to the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 available for age group athletes.
“The Province of Pescara is honoured to welcome this great sporting event. Our beautiful surroundings with green hills, mountain chains, sandy beaches and the warm support of our citizens will provide an unforgettable experience,” said Dr Guerino Testa, President of the Province of Pescara.
“Pescara is a beautiful and busy city,” said Kai Walter, Managing Director of the Ironman European Headquarters. “Together with the region, it offers ideal conditions for a wonderful race. We are all very much looking forward to this new race and of course the well-known Italian lifestyle.”
Registration for Ironman 70.3 Italy opens on 11 October 2010.