2011 will see the inaugural Ironman 70.3 San Juan, taking place on 19 March 2011, on the picturesque Caribbean island of Puerto Rico. Registration for Ironman 70.3 San Juan opened on Friday 26 March 2010 and is available through the event’s official web site, www.ironmansanjuan.com.
The event is part of the Ironman 70.3 series that now includes 46 races worldwide and will serve as a qualifier for the 2011 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, presented by Ford.
“We are thrilled to kick-off next year’s North America racing season with Ironman 70.3 San Juan,” said Steve Meckfessel, World Triathlon Corp’s Chief Operations Officer. “San Juan provides breathtaking, natural and historic beauty, high-profile event venues and race routes, and accessibility from the US and major international markets. The race will complement existing 70.3 events in the region, including Ironman 70.3 St. Croix and Ironman 70.3 Miami.”
Athletes will experience a 1.2 mile swim in the protected waters of San Juan Bay and will transition facing the Puerto Rico Convention Centre, also a prime viewing location for spectators. Continuing with a 56 mile bike from San Juan, athletes will cycle toward the municipality of Dorado, offering beachfront views and several short, but challenging climbs.
The 13.1 mile run will lead athletes through the city of Old San Juan and past 16th century Spanish architecture, including the famous Fort San Felipe del Morro.
“At the Puerto Rico Convention Bureau, we have been promoting sports meetings and sports tourism for over a decade. We are thrilled with the opportunity to assist through our services in the coordination of this important event in Puerto Rico,” said Ana Mar