IRONMAN has confirmed the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche triathlon in San Carlos del Bariloche, Argentina, which will be owned and operated by local firm Event Live S.A. The race will be the second IRONMAN 70.3 event held in Argentina and one of 15 IRONMAN events held across South America. (The full distance IRONMAN Mar del Plata will take place on 3 December 2017, along the Atlantic Coast of Argentina.)
The inaugural edition of IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche will take place on 11 March 2018, along some of the most iconic lakes and mountains in Argentina’s Patagonia region. Centred around the historic Centro Cívico of Bariloche, the race venue ‘offers a unique view of one of the area’s most emblematic alpine structures.’
“Argentina is a fast growing location for triathletes and Bariloche is a captivating tourist destination that will certainly be attractive to our athletes,” said Joanna Jordan, Managing Director for IRONMAN Latin America. “As we continue to grow in this region, it is important to have partners that know the standards of IRONMAN, and we have no doubt that Event Live will put on an extraordinary race experience.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche will begin with a 1.2-mile (1.9-km) swim through the waters of Lake Moreno. The lake is surrounded by views of Andes Mountains and the Llao Llao Hotel resort. Athletes will then embark on a challenging double-loop, 56-mile (90-km) bike course that travels down Bustillo Avenue towards the Centro Civico, going through the Circuito Chico. Finally, athletes will take on a 13.1-mile (21-km) run course, on 12 de Octubre Avenue alongside the shore of Lake Nahuel Huapi with a view of the mountain scenery, leading up to the finishing line in the Civic Center of the city.
“This race will be southernmost IRONMAN 70.3 event in the world and a magnificent opportunity for athletes to compete alongside the Andes,” said Abayuba Rodriguez a partner at Event Live SA. “We are extremely proud to have an IRONMAN 70.3 race for Patagonia to call its own.”
San Carlos de Bariloche, considered the tourist centre of Argentina’s Patagonia region, is the most populated city in the Andes Patagónicos. The city is located within the Nahuel Huapi National Park southwest of the Río Negro province, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. Considered a popular ski destination during the winter, the area is also known for its beaches on the shores of Lake Nahuel Huap and comfortable climate during the summer – making the San Carlos de Bariloche and the surrounding areas a popular year-round tourist destination.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Bariloche triathlon will offer a US$25,000 professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on 1-2 September 2018 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.