Building on its global TriClub Program, IRONMAN has announced IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping in southern Sweden as the host of the 2019 European TriClub Championship, to be held on 7 July, 2019.
“It is truly an honour for the city of Jönköping to host athletes from all over the world for this IRONMAN 70.3 TriClub Championship event and to be given the chance to invite them to everything the region has to offer,” said Patrik Olderius, Managing Director of Jönköping Destination.
Ann-Marie Nilsson, Chairwoman at Jönköping Municipal Board added “The city of Jönköping has with its unique landscape and natural settings east of Lake Vättern been designated as a biosphere reserve area by UNESCO. The city offers an almost 2 km long sand beach in the middle of the city and the athletes passes by a total of 9 lakes.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping follows IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona, which hosted the EMEA TriClub Championship in 2018 and IRONMAN 70.3 Pula which hosted the event prior to Barcelona. IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping was chosen to host this prestigious event through an online athlete poll.
“More than 7000 athletes voted for IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping to be the most recommended 70.3 race in the world and it is furthermore the IRONMAN 70.3 race with the highest percentage of participating Triclub members in EMEA, and the race with the highest female participation rate in Europe,” said IRONMAN’s Regional Director Thomas Veje Olsen.
“Racing alongside their teammates in this Championship format provides added motivation for all the athletes,” added Mattias Markenstrand, the Race Director for IRONMAN 70.3 Jönköping. “Plus, with the extraordinary support from the local community and the city of Jönköping as the triathlon arena, we intend to make the 2019 event especially memorable.”
The IRONMAN TriClub Program has grown to now host 2400 active member clubs in Europe, representing 20,000 athletes.
Introduced in 2012, the IRONMAN TriClub Program was designed to help triathlon clubs drive membership, provide networking opportunities and create a sense of friendly competition. Throughout each year, participating clubs earn points every time their athletes cross an IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 finish line.
Each IRONMAN TriClub is assigned to a division based on the club’s membership size. The club in each division that accumulates the greatest number of points by the end of the calendar year receives the title of IRONMAN TriClub World Champion.