Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) has today announced that, starting in 2014, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon will rotate globally among different regions on an annual basis.
Details on the global rotation process, including locations for the IM 70.3 championship in future years, will follow in due course.
“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.
“We are looking forward to bringing the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to some of the top venues globally that will allow for more athletes outside of the United States to participate in a World Championship event.”
Thomas Dieckhoff, WTC’s President Europe, Middle East and Africa has already put down a marker for Europe to be considered for the IM 70.3 World Championship. He said, “We would love to hold the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Europe in the near future and we have started identifying locations which are capable of hosting such an event. European athletes have been eagerly waiting for a chance to race this event on their home turf and we will present them a perfect environment to do so.”
Nevada hosts Ironman 70.3 Silverman in 2014 and beyond
This year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on 8 September 2013 will represent the third and final year in that location. The championship race had been previously held in Clearwater, Florida, since its inception in 2006. (Each year, more than 1,800 domestic and international competitors have earned the right to compete in the championship by qualifying at an Ironman 70.3 event.)
Beginning in October 2014, Ironman 70.3 Silverman will replace the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Henderson, Nevada.
From 2005-2010 Henderson held both the Silverman Ultra and Long distance triathlons at Lake Mead. During that six year-run, it drew thousands of competitors and was recognized as one of the toughest courses in North America.
“We are thrilled to welcome back to the city of Henderson a signature event that pays tribute to our Silverman heritage,” said Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. “It’s truly an inspiration to see the dedication and determination of these athletes as they compete in this elite race.”
“Ironman would like to thank the City of Henderson for its hospitality and support over the past three years,” said Jeff Edwards, Ironman Vice President of Operations, North America. “We’ve had tremendous support from the community and volunteers for the World Championship effort.”
Edwards added, “We look forward to continuing our relationship with the City of Henderson as we recreate the excitement of the Silverman event.”