IRONMAN has announced its event expansion in Asia with a brand-new multisport festival in Desaru Coast, Malaysia. Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN will be held from 17-19 April 2020. The festival is positioned as the first of its kind in Asia, and will comprise an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon, 5150 Triathlon along with IRONKIDS and Sprint races.
The multisport festival weekend will feature IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast, the latest addition to the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia race calendar. In addition, the 5150 Desaru Coast, Sprint Desaru Coast and IRONKIDS Desaru Coast races will ‘provide a fresh challenge for newcomers in the sport of triathlon’.
Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia, said, “We are thrilled to announce the launch of Asia’s first-ever multisport festival, a testament to the growing appetite for triathlon in Asia, and IRONMAN’s commitment to developing the sport in the region. The three-day event is designed to offer athletes a wider selection of race destinations and distances in Asia, also attracting newcomers.”
Situated on the southern tip of Peninsular Malaysia, Desaru Coast presents a scenic racecourse with a 17-km beachfront that faces eastwards over the clear ocean waters with white sandy beaches and warm tropical weather. The course will start with a single-loop 1.9km (1.2 mile) swim, with a start line located footsteps away from the official hotel, The Westin Desaru Coast Resort.
This is followed by a 90km (56-mile) ride on a two-loop bike course along the coastline on smooth, flat roads. Athletes will then take on a 21.1km (13.1-mile) shaded run course to the finish line at The Westin Desaru Coast Resort.
The race offers 60 qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand taking place on November 28-29, 2020.
“The festival environment will provide athletes of all ages and abilities with a truly unique race experience,” said CG Lim, Regional Director, Malaysia at IRONMAN Asia. “The combination of sea and jungle make for the perfect location for athletes to enjoy their surroundings while competing. With the support of the Malaysian government, we are excited to continue bringing endurance sport to more people in Malaysia and welcome more athletes into our IRONMAN `Ohana.”
A new, integrated coastal destination resort in Malaysia, Desaru Coast is ‘infused with globally renowned hotels and resorts, two championship golf courses, a conference centre, and an adventure waterpark.’
The destination enjoys a moderate, windy climate year-round with a natural landscape to welcome athletes from all over the world.
“We are delighted to host the first ever Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN in Asia and look forward to welcoming not just the athletes, but also their families and friends to Desaru Coast,” said Roslina Arbak, Chief Executive Officer at Desaru Development Holdings. “With great climate and terrain, we hope that by hosting more international sporting events like Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN, we are able to propel Johor and Desaru Coast’s reputation as a preferred sports tourism destination in the Southeast Asian region.”
The Desaru Coast Multisport Festival presented by IRONMAN is part of the destination’s annual events programme. This is a curation of special events focusing on sports, lifestyle, and entertainment, designed exclusively to nurture Desaru Coast as a signature events destination.
Located in the south eastern region of Malaysia, Desaru Coast can be accessed by land, sea and air.
IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast and 5150 Desaru Coast will join the IRONMAN Asia circuit as the third and fourth races in Malaysia, adding to existing races which include IRONMAN Malaysia and IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi.