The growth in popularity of IRONMAN in the Asia-Pacific region continues with the addition of the VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on 10 May 2015.
This latest edition to the IRONMAN 70.3 circuit continues IRONMAN’s long-standing partnership with Sunrise Events, a leading sporting events company in the Philippines.
“We are thrilled to share the news of the first IRONMAN race in Vietnam,” said IRONMAN Asia-Pacific CEO, Geoff Meyer. “The growth of the sport in the Asia-Pacific region in the last few years has been extraordinary. We are delighted to add another race to the IRONMAN calendar in such a spectacular destination, and are delighted to continue our work with the team from Sunrise Events.”
“We are excited to launch the inaugural VNG IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam event in Danang next May,” said Wilfred ‘Fred’ Steven Uytengsu, Jr., President and Chairman of Sunrise Events. “While triathlon is growing in Vietnam, we believe this will be a highly attractive destination for triathletes in the region and beyond.”
Uytengsu continued, “We have already had many express interest, including several professionals who asked to be part of the inaugural event. The course is expected to be fast and scenic and we look forward to seeing a large turnout in year one.”
The event will offer athletes a unique and unforgettable racing experience. Danang is situated along an immaculate 30km stretch of white, sandy beach in a region surrounded by three UNESCO World Heritage sites including the Imperial City of Hue, Hoi An Ancient Town and the My Son ruins.
Vietnam’s third-largest city is a bucket list destination for travellers and, with its mix of cultural attractions, famous cuisine, beautiful beaches and world-class resorts, the organisers expect it will become a favourite of triathletes all over the world.
IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam will offer a US$15,000 professional prize purse and 30 qualifying age group slots for the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Vietnam will open 1 November 2014.