IRONMAN 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna has been chosen as the latest race addition to the 2019 calendar. The inaugural event in the city of Cervia will take place on September 22, 2019, replacing previous host city Pescara.
Located in the north-east region of Italy, the city of Cervia in the Emilia-Romagna region is a seaside resort, popular among both domestic holidaymakers and visitors from further afield.
IRONMAN 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna takes place just one day after the full-distance IRONMAN Italy Emilia-Romagna, giving travelling athletes the chance to cheer each other on at different events in the same region.
“We are always looking at cities and venues that could host an IRONMAN 70.3 race, and whilst we know our athletes have enjoyed the experience of racing in Pescara, we are confident that the new challenges that can be found in Cervia will prove popular with our competitors,” said Stefan Petschnig, CEO of IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He continued, “By selecting Cervia to host the race, we also believe this will be a course that suits a wide range of abilities. In general, the course is relatively flat which makes it ideal for first-timers, but equally, seasoned-athletes can attempt to finish the 2019 campaign with a personal best on this fast course.”
Andrea Corsini, Regional Councillor for Tourism of Emilia-Romagna said “We are really proud that for the first time, Cervia will host an IRONMAN 70.3 race. For the city and the region, this presents another wonderful opportunity to showcase to athletes and visitors the many natural attractions for outdoor physical activity offering a unique and extraordinary experience.
Luca Coffari, Mayor of Cervia added, “IRONMAN 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna brings another opportunity for sporting development to Cervia, the ‘Land of Triathlon’, and Romagna (Cervia, Ravenna, Cesena, Forlì, Forlimpopoli and Bertinoro).
“The race will attract more athletes and visitors from all over the world and will be a real sporting celebration. The weekend will become a proper festival dedicated to triathlon lasting several days.”
Athletes will start with the single-loop swim course from the wide and central beach of Cervia, followed by the 90km bike course starting on the Cervia promenade. The course then winds along the countryside of Romagna, leading athletes through the picturesque Salt Pans Natural Park, where it is possible to view pink flamingos in their natural habitat.
The course continues through the streets of Forlimpopoli and towards Bertinoro, the ‘Balcony of Romagna’, before crossing the vineyards of the Sangiovese. After passing the hill of Bertinoro, the course descends back to Cervia. The 21.1km run is flat and reveals some characteristic sites of the Cervia and Milano Marittima, such as the Salt Warehouse and Town Hall.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna triathlon will offer 35 age-group qualifying slots for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Taupō, New Zealand, taking place on November 28-29, 2020.
Priority entries opened 21 February at 14:00 CET with general entries opening on 28 February at 16:00 CET.