IRONMAN has announced a professional race structure change to two 2016 IRONMAN European events – IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden on 20 August 2016 and KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen on 21 August 2016.
IRONMAN will split the female and male professional fields at these two races – with the female pros racing in Kalmar and the male pros racing in Copenhagen.
A release from IRONMAN notes that ‘the changes are being made as an effort to provide two of Europe’s most popular IRONMAN races with professional fields that highlight our female and male athletes independently, in a year where scheduling has put these events on the same weekend.’
Total money for both events will remain the same at US$50,000.
“By having a split pro-field between KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen and IRONMAN Kalmar we are providing the athletes in each event a unique race experience while also providing fans a great race to watch,” said Thomas Veje Olsen, Managing Director of IRONMAN Denmark. “Copenhagen is eager to welcome the best male professional athletes for the 2016 KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the female pro field to shine in an unparalleled way,” added Christian Kirchberger, Managing Director of IRONMAN Sweden. “IRONMAN Kalmar will feature an extremely strong field. It will be the sporting highlight of Scandinavia next summer and we look forward to welcoming the female professional athletes on August 20.”