Featuring around 3,500 athletes and one of ‘the nicest bike courses in the world’, IRONMAN 70.3 St. Pölten in Austria has been discontinued. From 2020, the event will be part of the Challenge Family international triathlon series.
From 2020, the event organizers, including Jürgen Geiss and Christoph Schwarz, will organize the triathlon in St. Pölten together with Challenge Family under the name of Challenge St. Pölten.
“We were able to develop the location of St. Pölten into a strong brand in the worldwide community of triathletes,” said Christoph Schwarz. “It all started with 150 volunteers in the year of 2007. And now there are around 2,000 volunteers taking care of around 3,500 athletes, to create ideal conditions to race.”
Challenge Family cites 41 races in 21 countries that are held under its event brand. In total, around 75,000 athletes take part in Challenge Family events each year.
In a release, Challenge Family notes that… St. Pölten calls itself the ‘fittest city of Austria’ and the lower Austrian region will continue to support this amazing event. The triathlon festival will take place for the first time on 24 May 2020 through the streets and past the lakes between the capital city and Wachau.
Christoph Schwarz explained the reasons for the change from IRONMAN to Challenge Family. He said, “We want to live the familiar and enthusiastic spirit for the sport of triathlon St. Pölten to the fullest. The clearly defined goal is to fix lower Austria and its capital city in the calendars of international triathlon families.”