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Extra 500 Women For Tri slots for 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship


Women For Tri, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation, has announced that a total of 500 additional women will earn an invitation to race in the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The event takes place in Taupо̄, New Zealand on November 28-29, 2020.

Slots will be awarded to top finishing female athletes at 20 select races worldwide. The additional slots will be utilized by Women For Tri, launched by IRONMAN in 2015, to ‘welcome and empower new female triathletes to be a part of the sport’s continued growth in high-level competition.’

“With the introduction of our two-day world championship format, there is an opportunity for more high-achieving female triathletes to earn a spot to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN.

“As we continue to bring this pinnacle event around the world, the athletes that represent the Women For Tri team will help continue to grow the sport globally.”

Following the standard IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship rolldown ceremony at the 20 select races, 25 additional slots will be awarded to the next most qualified women, proportional by age group. IRONMAN notes that this will create a deeper field of female athletes while maintaining the integrity and prestige of an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event.

The program launches in Ireland at IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire on August 25, 2019.


Event Date Country
IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire Aug 25, 2019 Ireland
IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast Sep 8, 2019 Australia
IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid Sep 8, 2019 USA
IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Sep 22, 2019 UK
UnitedHealthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina Oct 19, 2019 USA
Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo Oct 19, 2019 Chile
IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona Oct 20, 2019 USA
IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming Oct 20, 2019 China
IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi Oct 26, 2019 Malaysia
Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3 Waco Oct 27, 2019 USA
IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Nov 24, 2019 Australia
IRONMAN 70.3 Taupо̄ Dec 7, 2019 NZ
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta Dec 8, 2019 USA
Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa Jan 26, 2020 South Africa
IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico Mar 15, 2020 Puerto Rico
IRONMAN 70.3 Florida Apr 19, 2020 USA
IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella Apr 26, 2020 Spain
IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix May 17, 2020 France
Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria TBD Canada


All net proceeds from the registration revenue of the 500 additional slots will go towards supporting Women For Tri’s TriClub grant program. To date, nearly US$300,000 has been awarded by this program to TriClubs around the world to support women’s engagement initiatives, including bringing first-timers into the sport.

Since its inception in 2015, Women For Tri has reported an 18% increase in female participation in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, totalling more than 71,000 female athletes globally.

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 series. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race in Taupо̄, New Zealand will be a two-day event with the professional and age-group women racing on Saturday, November 28 and the professional and age-group men racing on Sunday, November 29.

Throughout the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 qualifying season, nearly 5,000 athletes will qualify to race in the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by way of more than 100 IRONMAN 70.3 races around the world.



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