The IRONMAN Group has announced that Maple Valley, Washington, will serve as the newest host venue for the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Washington – Maple Valley triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 20, 2020 with general registration opening on Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
“We are thrilled to bring an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon back to the state of Washington,” said Dave Christen, Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “Maple Valley, Washington, will play host to one of the most enjoyable and accessible IRONMAN 70.3 triathlons in the US, in that everything will be hosted in one convenient location just outside of Seattle.
“This late season IRONMAN 70.3 race in the Northwest provides a much-needed option for our new and returning athletes. Maple Valley is a place you will love to race in and a community you may not want to leave.”
Maple Valley located about 30 minutes east of Seattle and Tacoma. Equidistant from the waters of Puget Sound and the landscapes of the Cascade Mountains, the city is also one of the fastest growing population areas in Washington State.
“Hosting this prestigious sporting event is a direct reflection of the vitality of our community,” said Sean Kelly, Mayor of the City of Maple Valley. “The strength of our community partnerships was instrumental in bringing this event to Maple Valley. We are honored to be selected and appreciate all of the hard work of the many people who made it possible.”
The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Washington – Maple Valley triathlon, taking place on Sunday, September 20, will begin with a rolling start format. The 1.2-mile swim will take place in the clear lake waters of Lake Wilderness Park. The lake area is surrounded by evergreen trees that offer views of Mount Rainier.
Once out of the water, athletes will take on the 56-mile bike course around local rural towns and the rolling hills of King County before returning to Lake Wilderness Park. After transitioning to the run at Lake Wilderness Park, athletes will embark on a 13.1-mile run along soft surfaced trails running alongside the Lake Wilderness Park.
“Maple Valley is excited and honoured to be selected to host IRONMAN 70.3 Washington – Maple Valley,” Said Laura Philpot, City Manager for City of Maple Valley. “We are very proud of our outdoor recreational opportunities and we believe athletes and visitors will thoroughly enjoy visiting our awesome city and our beautiful Lake Wilderness Park. I personally am ecstatic to race IRONMAN 70.3 Washington – Maple Valley!”
“I’m proud to partner with Maple Valley to provide support for the IRONMAN 70.3 competition,” added King County Council Vice Chair Reagan Dunn. “Besides being a fun and inspiring event, hosting a major triathlon raises the profile of the community and provides a boost to the local economy.”
General registration for 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Washington – Maple Valley triathlon will open on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. The event will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in St George, Utah.