The IRONMAN Group has today announced that it will add a third race in Italy beginning in 2020 – the IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna triathlon. The inaugural event will be held on October 25, 2020. It joins IRONMAN Italy, Emilia-Romagna (September 19, 2020) and IRONMAN 70.3 Italy, Emilia-Romagna (September 20, 2020) in the event calendar.
Sardegna (Italian for Sardinia) is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean Sea and is home to 1.7 million inhabitants. The island has a coastline that runs for 1,849 kilometres (1,149 miles). Its towns, cities and resorts play host to over 3 million tourists each year.
The new event’s start and finish line will be located at Forte Village in Santa Margherita di Pula, near Sardegna’s capital of Cagliari in the south of the island.
“We are excited that IRONMAN has selected Sardegna as a new destination,” said Gianni Chessa, [local government] Assessor of the Regione Autonoma della Sardegna. “For us, IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna offers a great opportunity to show the beauty of our region to athletes from all over the world. This event will be a celebration of sport and the values it teaches to all of us. We are also looking forward to positioning Sardegna as a sports destination outside of the touristic high season.”
“For a long time, Sardegna has been a household name among European travellers,” said Stefan Petschnig, Managing Director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for The IRONMAN Group. “Now it will become a household name amongst European athletes.
“This is a perfect late-season event for first-timers and accomplished triathletes. I am convinced that the beauty of the course, its great accessibility through the nearby international airport and the unique sense of hospitality will quickly make this a bucket-list event for all international athletes.”
Athletes will start their race with a 1.9 km (1.2 mile) swim at Forte Village beach and complete a single clockwise lap in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. After the first transition, the bike course leads athletes along some of the most stunning sights of southern Sardegna, including the red rocks of the hinterland and the white cliffs of the coast line.
The event concludes with a two-loop run course that connects Forte Village with the coastline of Santa Margherita di Pula and its landmark tower of Cala d’Ostia. Athletes will finish their journey back at Forte Village.
“We would like to thank IRONMAN for choosing Sardegna,” said Lorenzo Giannuzzi, General Manager and Chief Executive Officer of Forte Village. “We are excited to provide a home and base for the athletes. Hosting this event is an extraordinary opportunity for Sardegna which has long been known for its beautiful landscape and wonderful hospitality.”
Andrea Mentasi, Race Director of IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna added, “I am very much looking forward to organising an IRONMAN 70.3 race here in Sardegna. I have managed quite some races and it always takes knowledge, passion and many, many helping hands to offer the athletes a unique experience and sense of hospitality. We are ready to welcome them in 2020.”
The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna triathlon will offer age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St George, Utah, USA. General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Sardegna will open on 12 December 2019.