More than 5,500 of the world’s top athletes are registered to compete in Nice, France, on September 7-8 at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. IRONMAN has produced this event since 2006, with host cities rotating globally beginning in 2014.
“Nice has long been considered one of the premier triathlon destinations in Europe and we are very proud to finally see a World Championship event reach the shores of the French Riviera,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer of The IRONMAN Group.
“With more than 5,500 registered competitors, this will yet again mark the largest field in the history of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. We look forward to providing our athletes with an exceptional race experience in this great host location.”
With athletes hailing from over 100 countries, regions and territories, Europe leads the way with 47% of the athletes registered to race in the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Following Europe, North America accounts for 26%, while South America accounts for 11% of the field.
The United States of America is the most represented nation with 1,053 registered athletes, followed by France (568), Germany (444), United Kingdom (416) and Australia (314). Other athletes from countries as far afield as Bolivia, Egypt, Iceland, Malta, and the Philippines are traveling from around the globe for their shot at the championship.
With its mix of old-world opulence, year-round sunshine, and seaside scenery, the city of Nice offers competitors an ideal location for this world-class sporting event. The 1.9 kilometre (1.2 mile) Roka Swim Course takes place on the Quai des Etats-Unis as athletes begin their swim in La Baie des Anges.
Next, the 91.3 kilometre (56.7 mile) single-loop Ventum Bike Course leads athletes to the mountains surrounding Nice, including Col de Vence. Most notably there is a 9 kilometre (5.6 mile) climb, at an average incline of 6.6%, to reach 962m (3,156 feet) above sea level. The 2.2 kilometre (13.1 mile) HOKA ONE ONE Run Course will take athletes on two loops along the Promenade des Anglais where the finish line is located. All athletes must complete the three legs of the race within the 8.5 hour cut-off time.
In order to qualify for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, more than 200,000 age-group athletes competed to earn slots at over 100 IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France:
- Nice is the eighth city in history to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship following Clearwater, Florida (USA) (2006-2009), Henderson, Nevada (USA) (2010-2013), Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) (2014), Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand (AUT) (2015), Mooloolaba, Queensland (AUS) (2016), Chattanooga, Tenn. (USA) (2017) and Nelson Mandela Bay, Eastern Cape (ZAF) (2018)
- 65% of registered participants (3,684 athletes) are male
- 35% of registered participants (2,022 athletes) are female
- 42 is the average age of all registrants
- Robert Heins (USA) is the oldest male participant at 80, while Fidel Diaz Sebriano (ARG) is the youngest at 18
- Sibyl Jacobson (USA) is the oldest female participant at 76, while Isadora Miato Andreatti (BRA) is the youngest at 18
- All 50 US states are accounted for, with the greatest number hailing from California (177), Florida (101), Texas (100), Colorado (84) and New York (70)
- More than 200,000 registered athletes compete in IRONMAN 70.3 races each year
- Since the series began in 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been led by Australia (six champions), followed by Germany (five champions), Great Britain (four champions), and Switzerland (three champions). The United States and Spain have had two winners each, while Canada and New Zealand each have one winner
- More than 3,000 volunteers will help make the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship a success.
Triathlon royalty will be in town for this year’s event, including Mark Allen, Paula-Newby Fraser, Julie Moss and Dave Scott. Julie Moss will be racing as will Mats Allen, the son of Moss and Mark Allen, who is an accomplished triathlete in his own right.
Seven IRONMAN employees qualified for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship and will be racing, including: Christine Cogger (Race Director, IRONMAN Canada); Jennifer Gottschalk (Contracts Counsel based in the Tampa, Florida); Gareth Harrington (Sponsor Account Manager, Cape Epic based in Cape Town, South Africa); Emily Jay (Marketing Communications Coordinator based in Noosa, Australia); Sawyer Lay (Program Coordinator, IRONMAN Foundation based in Tampa, Florida); Sophie Lysaght (Marketing Programs Director, Oceania based in New Zealand); Thibault Vellard (Regional Director, Asia based in Singapore).