The IRONMAN Group has today announced the addition of IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais. The full-distance triathlon will be added to the existing IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais event weekend – with the inaugural IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais taking place on September 26, 2020 and IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais taking place on September 27, 2020.
With its mild climate and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal is well-established as a destination for family holidays. Now, these welcoming conditions are part of both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 event series. With a history of over 650 years, Cascais is just a 20-minute drive from Lisbon International Airport and is located between Sintra – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Village of Oeiras.
“Portugal has quickly become one of our most popular destinations for athletes from all over the world,” said Stefan Petschnig, Managing Director of IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It was a logical next step for us to add an IRONMAN event in this amazing location. On behalf of all of us at IRONMAN I would like to congratulate the local team. Over the past three years of IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais they have displayed excellence in all aspects of organizing this event.”
Athletes racing in IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais will face a single-loop 3.8 km (2.4-mile) swim in the Bay of Cascais and exit the water at the Fortaleza at Club Naval. After transitioning onto their bikes, athletes will tackle a 180.2 km (112-mile) bike course that leads along the Guincho Beach road and to Sintra before athletes are treated to racing on the Formula 1 and Moto GP circuit of Estoril.
Athletes end the cycling portion of the race with two shorter loops on flat roads next to the Ocean between Lisbon and Cascais. The three-loop 42.2 km (26.2-mile) run course starts in Cascais and leads back to Guincho Road. It then follows the shoreline to Cabo Raso and back to Cascais for a celebratory finish.
“To me, this is a dream coming true,” said Jorge Paulo Pereira, Managing Director of IRONMAN Portugal. “In 2017 we put Cascais on the international triathlon map. Now we are building on that legacy with a full-distance event. We are looking forward to creating memorable moments for our athletes and a huge economic and athletic impact for all of Portugal.
“IRONMAN and Cascais belong together,” added Carlos Carreiras, the Mayor of Cascais. “We have welcomed athletes from all over the world and they have embraced our city as much as we have them and this wonderful sport. Their dedication to accomplishing something extraordinary is an inspiration to all and we once again would like to invite them to Cascais to experience the sights and sounds of our home.”
IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais will offer age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. General registration for IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais and IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais will open on October 23, 2019 at 16:00 CEST.