Approximately 2,700 of the world’s top athletes will converge in Zell Am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria, on 30 August, to compete in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship – marking the first time that a European destination will host the globally recognized event.
With athletes hailing from more than 70 countries from regions around the world, Europe leads the way with 50% of the athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. North America accounts for 28%, while Asia-Pacific brings 13%, South America has 6% and Central America rounds out the regions with 2%.
The United States is the most represented nation with 629 registered competitors, followed by Germany (308), Australia (237) and Great Britain (214). Other athletes from countries as far as Macau, Vietnam and Guam are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title.
“This is a historic year for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship as we bring this marquee event out of North America, across the Atlantic and to the heart of Europe for the very first time. The scenic town of Zell am See-Kaprun is the perfect setting,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer.
He continued, “With more than 130,000 athletes from across the globe competing in qualifying events for a chance to compete here in Austria, we remain amazed by the rapid growth of the IRONMAN 70.3 series’ less than 10-year history. We wish all athletes the best of luck as they tackle their own World Championship dreams.”
Last year’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Champions, Javier Gomez (ESP) and Daniela Ryf (CHE), will return for this year’s race, along with 2014 second-place finisher Jodie Swallow (GBR) and 2012 and 2013 men’s champion Sebastian Kienle (DEU).
Additionally, NASCAR drivers Landon Cassill and Josh Wise will join the world’s top triathletes for a shot at their age-group titles after qualifying in IRONMAN 70.3 races earlier this year.
The 2015 field of athletes will tackle a 1.2-mile (1.9K) swim in Lake Zell, followed by a 56-mile (90K) bicycle ride through the Austrian Alps and a 13.1-mile (21K) run around Zellar Lake – finishing in the picturesque old town of Zell am See-Kaprun, all of which must be completed before an eight and a half hour cut-off time.
In order to qualify for the World Championship, age-group athletes earned slots at 69 IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria:
- Zell am See-Kaprun is the fourth city in history to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship following Clearwater, Florida (USA) (2006-2009), Henderson, Nevada (USA) (2010-2013) and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) (2014)
- Two countries are sending athletes to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship for the first time, Bolivia (1) and Morocco (1)
- 68% of participants (1,872 athletes) are male
- 32% of participants (898 athletes) are female
- 42 is the average age of male registrants and 41 is the average age of female registrants
- 91 race participants (52 males, 39 females), or approximately 3% of the total field, are professional athletes
574 competitors representing 282 different TriClubs from around the world are racing this year and total over 20% of the field
- Siegfried Amrein (CHE) is the oldest participant at 78, while Leanne Fanoy (NLD) is the youngest at 18
- 49 of the 50 US states are accounted for, with the greatest number coming from California (104), Texas (71), Florida (57), Colorado (42) and New York (40)
- More than 130,000 registered athletes compete in IRONMAN 70.3 races each year, representing over 90 countries
- Since the series began in 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been controlled by Australia (five champions), Germany (four champions) and Great Britain (three champions). The United States has had two winners with Canada and New Zealand each having one winner
- In 2014, Javier Gomez of Spain broke Germany’s hold on the men’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title after Sebastian Kienle brought home gold in 2012 and 2013. While in the women’s field Daniela Ryf put Switzerland on the winner’s map – a title previously held by Australian and UK athletes since 2009
- More than 2,000 volunteers will help make the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship a success
The 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship can be viewed on race day via ironman.com and features IRONMAN Live, a hosted online show with extensive, in-depth coverage of the professional race. The coverage will utilize live GPS tracking for all professional athletes who will also be given the opportunity to transmit biometric and power data to further enhance the live production.
In addition, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship special will be televised on NBC Sports Network in the United States on 1 November and on TSN in Canada on 9 November. It will also be broadcast on ORF Sport Live in Austria.