IRONMAN has confirmed the addition of its first full distance event in Ireland – IRONMAN Ireland, Cork. The inaugural race will take place on June 23, 2019. General registration is set to open on June 5, 2018
“IRONMAN is an incredibly prestigious sporting competition held in locations throughout the world,” said Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of the County of Cork. “Now, for the first time in Ireland, Cork will host a full-distance IRONMAN competition starting in 2019. Youghal [a seaside resort town in County Cork] will be centre stage for the next three years as we showcase our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a world-wide audience. I am delighted to welcome IRONMAN to Cork.”
The race will be held in Youghal, County Cork, which is located approximately 45 minutes west of Cork city and Cork International Airport. Youghal is a coastal fishing town on the southern coast of Ireland and a fortified seaport since the fifth century. It is also Ireland’s second oldest town. Cork International Airport offers direct transatlantic services in addition to its extensive European access routes, along with modern motorway access from Ireland’s capital city, Dublin (2-hour drive). The IRONMAN team adds that Youghal is perfectly situated to stage an iconic triathlon.
The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy, Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, that gently shelves into the Celtic Sea. This is within walking distance of Youghal Town.
A two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course is next. Starting off through the centre of Youghal town, cyclists will take on the challenge off climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which will likely also become a spectator hotspot. The athletes will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. This course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a max elevation of 190m above Midleton before a technical drop back into Youghal.
The 42km (26.2-mile) run course will be a highlight of this event. This will be a flat four lap run course through the centre of the historical town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and its Clock Gate Tower. Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the IRONMAN finishing arch in Market Square.
Speaking about the event, Tim Lucey at Chief Executive Cork County Council said “Cork County Council is especially proud to join forces with IRONMA,N which will bring an economic boost estimated to be over €7 million to the local economy. But the impact is much more than that; we have the opportunity to promote East Cork, but go even further into all that Cork has to offer. We will showcase sport but most importantly of all, we will showcase community spirit. This will be an event that invests in both people and place; and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience.”
“It has always been our goal to establish a full-distance event in Ireland,” said Oliver Schiek, Regional Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland. “Now, building on the success of IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire we are excited to add IRONMAN Ireland, Cork.
“This race is a remarkable combination of a stunning race course with a beautiful landscape as a backdrop. We are looking forward to welcoming Irish and international athletes to the inaugural edition in June 2019.”
The 2019 IRONMAN Ireland, Cork, will be a qualifier for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. General registration for IRONMAN Ireland, Cork will open on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.