Mont Tremblant in Québec, Canada, has now been confirmed as the next destination for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Early in May, Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) confirmed that, starting in 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis.
The IM 70.3 championship race will be held on 7 September 2014. As noted by Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC), this marks the first time in Ironman history that a single location has the privilege to host three major Ironman events: Ironman, Ironman 70.3 and now the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. It is also the first Ironman branded World Championship event to be held outside of the United States.
Outside of Kona, Hawai’i, Mont-Tremblant has arguably become the second most important location for Ironman racing worldwide. The location has a further honour up its sleeve. As, in October last year, WTC and officials from the city of Mont-Tremblant in Québec, Canada, announced that Ironman Mont-Tremblant has been officially designated as the Ironman North American Championship in 2013 and 2014.
The announcement Mont Tremblant is to host the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship was made in the presence of Québec’s Prime Minister, Pauline Marois and the Mayor of the City of Mont-Tremblant, Pierre Pilon.
“The choice of Mont-Tremblant as the host venue for the 2014 Ironman 70.3 World Championship was an obvious one given the success of the inaugural Ironman events held here in 2012,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of WTC.
“We are confident that Mont-Tremblant and the province of Québec will be the ideal hosts for the first Ironman World Championship event to be held outside of the United States.”
“We are thrilled to welcome the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to Mont-Tremblant,” said Mont-Tremblant Mayor Pierre Pilon. “Today’s announcement is another testimonial to the fact that extraordinary cooperation and dynamism within a community can become an important economic strength.”
Several dignitaries for the Mont-Tremblant region were also on hand for this important announcement, including Tourism Minister, Pascal Bérubé; Member of National Assembly for Labelle and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Sylvain Pagé; Honorary Chair of Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Pierre Lavoie; Québec professional athlete and spokesperson for the Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, Magali Tisseyre; and the General Manager of the Tremblant Resort Association, Pierre Bertrand.
This year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on 8 September 2013, and will represent the third and final year in that location. Beginning with Mont Tremblant in 2014, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis.
Each year, more than 2,000 domestic and international competitors have earned the right to compete in the World Championship by qualifying at an Ironman 70.3 event.
“Having the Ironman 70.3 World Championship change locations from year to year will provide our athletes with the opportunity to race on some of the best courses and in some of the most beautiful places in the world,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of WTC.
The inaugural Ironman Mont-Tremblant, held on 19 August 2012, received rave reviews from many of the athletes, their families, the community and organizers alike. The race features the scenic countryside of the province of Quebec, and the ski village flair of the world-renowned Tremblant Resort, offering an international-style experience that is unique to the North American continent.