IRONMAN has today announced the addition of a new IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in the burgeoning market of Thailand, which is scheduled to take place in the city of Phuket on 27 November 2016.
A release from IRONMAN confirmed that the Philippines-based company Sunrise Events, which is working on the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in the Philippines, among other events, and the Thailand-based company SportMaster, will team up to deliver IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand.
“This race is further evidence of the growing interest in and development of IRONMAN throughout the region,” said IRONMAN Asia-Pacific CEO Geoff Meyer.
“Thailand has had a long history with IRONMAN and it’s fantastic that we are back again in Phuket with an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon. An improved course and development in Phuket will allow us to grow the event beyond what we could in 2012 and we look forward to a great future in Thailand.”
Phuket, one of the world’s premier holiday destinations, is famous for its crystal clear waters, pristine white beaches and stunning natural scenery – as well as its variety of attractions and entertainment.
“Sunrise Events is pleased to announce that through our partnership with SportMaster, led by Kobkiat Sangwanich, we will be bringing the IRONMAN brand back to Thailand in November 2016,” said Chairman Fred Uytengsu.
“Thailand is now ready to welcome triathletes from around the world,” said SportMaster Managing Director, Kobkiat Sangwanich.
IRONMAN 70.3 Thailand will offer a US$15,000 professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.