IRONMAN has announced today that IRONMAN 70.3 Haugesund in Norway will become the first full-distance IRONMAN event in Norway, beginning in 2018. Originally introduced as an IRONMAN 70.3 event in 2012, IRONMAN Haugesund Norway will take its place. The race will be owned operated by WEN Events AS.
“This has been a bucket list race location for thousands of athletes from across Europe and the world,” said Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, Managing Director for IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The enthusiasm for IRONMAN races in Norway and the neighbouring Nordic countries is tremendous. The time is right for an IRONMAN triathlon in Norway.”
The addition of the new race now brings the number of full-distance IRONMAN events in the region to three: KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen, IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden and IRONMAN Haugesund Norway.
“An IRONMAN race has always been our goal,” said Ivar Jacobsen, Race Director for IRONMAN Haugesund Norway. “This is something the whole team has been looking forward to and we will work even harder to create a fantastic event that athletes will enjoy.”
Athletes will begin with a 3.8-km (2.4-mile) swim in the fresh water of Skeisvannet, just 1.5-km from the city centre on a two-loop swim course. The 180-km (112-mile) bike course will lead the athletes through the scenic Haugesund region, passing picturesque mountains and sea views. The 42.2-km (26.2-mile) run course will take athletes on a four-loop city-based tour flanked by cheering spectators before crossing the finish line at the harbour front.
“We are delighted to be given an opportunity to host the first full-distance IRONMAN event in Norway. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the athletes and IRONMAN for their support and encouragement over the past years,” said Arne-Christian Mohn, Mayor of Haugesund.
General registration for the 2018 IRONMAN Haugesund Norway will open at 16:00 local time on 10 July 2017. The 2018 race will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.