Building upon the success of the global TriClub program, IRONMAN has announced that the IRONMAN Australian TriClub Championship which originated the Regional TriClub Championship series will now become the IRONMAN Oceania TriClub Championship beginning in 2017.
The IRONMAN Oceana TriClub Championship will be hosted at the IRONMAN Australia / IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie triathlons on 7 May 2017.
Under the new format, TriClubs who finish in the top three of their division at one of the 10 designated qualifying events held throughout Australia and New Zealand will qualify to compete at the 2017 IRONMAN Oceania TriClub Championship.
The 2017 IRONMAN Oceania TriClub Championship Series qualification event schedule will consist of the following:
- IRONMAN Cairns / IRONMAN 70.3 Cairns – 12 June 2016
- Noosa Triathlon – 30 October 2016
- IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney – 27 November 2016
- SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia / IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia – 4 December 2016
- Kelloggs Nutri-Grain IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo – 10 December 2016
- IRONMAN 70.3 Ballarat – 11 December 2016
- IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong – 19 February 2017
- Kelloggs Nutri-Grain IRONMAN New Zealand – 4 March 2017
- Mooloolaba Triathlon – 12 March 2017
- Jewel Gold Coast Triathlon – 9 April 2017
The inaugural TriClub Championship was launched in 2014 with the Australian TriClub Championship taking place that year at IRONMAN Australia. In September 2015, the inaugural European TriClub Championship took place at IRONMAN 70.3 Pula, Croatia and the Pan American TriClub Championship took place at IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico on 20 March 2016. Clubs from countries around the world now have the opportunity to compete against each other at their respective Regional TriClub Championship events.
The global IRONMAN TriClub Program has grown to host over 2,500 active clubs, with more than 250 of these coming from the Oceania Region, representing over 30,000 athletes.