The 2019 Mazda IRONMAN Cozumel triathlon will play host to the Latin American Pro Championship, attracting a strong international professional field of triathletes for competition on Sunday, November 24, 2019.
Lauded as one of the top travel destinations for triathletes, Cozumel in Mexico will play host to a field of more than 30 top ranked professional triathletes looking to grab one of six early season professional qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
Michael Weiss (AUT) and Svenja Thoes (DEU) will be back to defend their titles from last year. Weiss will be challenged by Tyler Butterfield (BMU), Matt Hanson (USA), Chris Leiferman (USA) and Patrik Nilsson (DNK) on the men’s side, while Thoes will face-off against a strong field of women, including Angela Naeth (CAN), Lisa Roberts (USA) and Laura Philipp (DEU), who recently finished fourth at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship.
“We expect to see an exciting showdown in the men’s and women’s race with a deep field highlighted by athletes who will have a relatively quick recovery from the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship, and those athletes peaking late season in an effort to secure a 2020 Kona slot,” said Joanna Jordan, IRONMAN’s Managing Director, Latin America.
This secluded gem of an island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a destination for beachgoers and IRONMAN athletes alike. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is located 16 kilometres off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.
Boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world, Cozumel has an international reputation as one of the premier diving destinations in the world. Thousands of divers and snorkelers visit every year to experience the ‘200 feet of visibility, countless species of fish, sponges, anemones and coral.’ The island also offers both adventure and relaxation at every turn: with jungle, white sand beaches, and a year-round Caribbean climate that athletes can look forward to pre and post-race.
In addition to the opportunity to qualify in one of the earliest qualifying races for Kona, the Mazda IRONMAN Cozumel Latin American Pro Championship will offer US$100,000 in prize money.
- The two-transition course starts with a 2.4-mile (3.80-km) point-to-point swim in ‘water that is teeming with tropical fish’ within the protected waters of the Reefs of Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach.
- The 112-mile (180-km), three-loop bike course in Cozumel is pancake-flat, taking competitors along the coastline of beaches and resorts and through the town of San Miguel de Cozumel.
- The 26.2 (42.2) three-loop run is lined with local supporters and bands playing traditional Mexican music, creating a festival-like atmosphere.
The finish line is at the city hall square in San Miguel de Cozumel, where local residents provide support to all finishers. In the 2018 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards, IRONMAN Cozumel was voted as the best ‘Overall Bike Experience’ and ‘Overall Host City Experience’.