IRONMAN has announced that it will continue its long-standing relationship with the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, thanks to an agreement that moves the event to late August while extending the IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon through 2020.
This change in date allows for the addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene to the North American schedule starting in 2016. IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene will become the 34th race in the North American IRONMAN 70.3 series.
The full distance IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon will take place on 21 August 2016 with the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon taking place on 26 June 2016.
“This extended partnership with IRONMAN cements Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as the endurance recreation capital of the Inland Northwest,” said Steve Wilson, President of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce.
“In addition to these two IRONMAN races, Coeur d’Alene plays host to a multitude of other swimming, cycling and running events. Combined with numerous golf courses and the iconic floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene provides recreational opportunities for all types of enthusiasts,” Wilson added.
Known for its breathtaking scenery, Coeur d’Alene is a classic resort and vacation destination that features a glacier-fed lake, surrounding forests, the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, the Kroc Center and the beautiful new McEuen Park that provide activities for all ages.
“Since the inception of this race, the community of Coeur d’Alene has fully embraced the IRONMAN event and our athletes,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN. “We are thrilled to be able to showcase this friendly community to athletes and spectators into the next decade.”
One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene first took place in 2003 and features a beautiful course that is now a staple on the IRONMAN triathlon circuit. IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene athletes begin their day with a two-loop swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. The change in date to late August allows the water to warm up through the summer months prior to race day.
Athletes will continue on a challenging two-loop bike course that leads participants through rural northern Idaho and boasts long sections with no turns where athletes can enjoy the scenic course. The marathon run course, known for its small-town resort atmosphere and spectator support, loops along the shores of the lake finishing in downtown Coeur d’Alene.
The single transition area and multiple-loop course at the ‘hot corner’ make IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene a favourite among athletes and their friends and families.
IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene follows the same course as IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene, but with athletes completing only one loop of each discipline. This makes IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene accessible to a broader audience and allows athletes who are planning to race IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene to prepare for it on the same course.