Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) and the NSW Government have confirmed that Penrith to the west of Sydney, the most populous city in Australia, will host Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney on Sunday 30 November 2014. The newest addition to the international Ironman 70.3 series will be situated at the Sydney International Regatta Centre.
The race will be another signature Ironman event for the state of New South Wales, complementing the Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie race held since 2006 and the Toyota Ironman Australia triathlon, Port Macquarie, Australia’s most enduring full distance Ironman race.
Minister for Sport and Recreation, Gabrielle Upton said, “We expect Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney to attract over 1,400 competitors and thousands of accompanying visitors to the area, providing a tremendous economic boost and tourism spotlight on the region.”
Ironman Asia-Pacific CEO, Geoff Meyer said, “Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney has huge potential and is a welcome addition to the Ironman calendar.”
He added, “Western Sydney boasts a strong Ironman community and our athletes have been eagerly anticipating the introduction of an event in Sydney.”
The Ironman 70.3 Series is ‘the fastest growing triathlon series in the world’, with more than 70 events held in 24 countries that serve as qualifiers for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Western Sydney is a fast growing and dynamic area and is seen to be well positioned to attract local and interstate participants. The organisers are anticipating a strong professional field of experienced and emerging athletes who will all be striving to perform well at the inaugural event.
Included in the event will be a team category, which historically provides a stepping stone into the sport for locals and corporate partner participants.
The course is nestled at the base of the Blue Mountains and will utilize the iconic Penrith Lakes, located at the International Regatta Centre, for the swim. The bike course will include breath-taking mountain views and the final run leg of the race, which encircles the venue, will provide a great access to spectators for the entire race.
Meyer also announced that Ironman will focus on positioning this event into the future as one for the ‘Young Guns’ of the sport. “Our athlete-support focus will go towards providing an opportunity for the very best of the emerging crop of athletes,” said Meyer.
“We are passionate about nurturing and providing pathways for our up and coming talent in this sport and felt this event is the ideal candidate to launch this new concept.”
Event organizer Ironman Asia-Pacific is committed to bringing the Ironman experience to as many regions as possible and Western Sydney is seen to present an ideal location, fabulous course and a wonderful partnership opportunity for the growth of the sport.
- 35 age-group qualifying spots for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
- Professional prize purse of US$25,000
- 1,400 age-group and professional Ironman competitors will complete a 1.9K swim, 90K bike and a 21.1K run
- Swim – will be held at the Sydney International Regatta Centre, Penrith
- Bike – athletes will experience breath-taking views of the Blue Mountains as they escape the city hustle and bustle on the two lap cycle course
- Run – re-lives the best of the 2000 Olympic venue as the two-lap run course encircles the iconic Penrith Lake