The IRONMAN Group has announced that the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, will once again play host to a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon on Sunday, June 27, 2021. This is as part of a renewed multi-year host venue agreement, and marks the return of a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon in the Northwestern US since 2017.
IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will serve as the second location of a rotating IRONMAN branded event for 2021, with the event shifting back to an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon in 2022 and 2023. (Next year’s 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28, 2020.)
“We are excited to return a full distance IRONMAN triathlon to Coeur d’Alene in 2021,” said Dave Christen, Northwest Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “We have hosted races in Coeur d’Alene since 2003 and are thrilled to insert Coeur d’Alene as the second stop of the new rotating IRONMAN triathlon series.
“With the longstanding history the events have built over the years, we know our athletes will be excited to once again race 140.6 miles across this breath-taking and challenging course in beautiful North Idaho for the first time since 2017.”
The new rotating IRONMAN triathlon concept was announced earlier this year and will feature three different full-distance IRONMAN triathlon locations over three years. The 2020 IRONMAN North American Championship St George, Utah triathlon will be the first stop on the rotating schedule with the 140.6-mile event set to take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
The 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon racecourse will mirror characteristics of the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon with slight adjustments to the run course. Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile double-loop swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene. The 112-mile double-loop bike course will take athletes alongside Lake Coeur d’Alene and through a scenic hilltop view of rural northern Idaho before a transition at City Park.
Athletes will cap off the race day with a multi-loop run course through McEuen Park to a finish downtown on Sherman Ave.
“The IRONMAN races have been a symbol to our community that through hard work and determination you can accomplish great things,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “We are excited to have the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon return to Coeur d’Alene and we are grateful for our partnership with IRONMAN.”
“We are overjoyed to welcome back IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene,” said Britt Bachtel-Browning, Vice President of North Idaho Sports Commission. We started this journey in June 2017, and had the will and passion to keep pushing and brainstorming on how to make the event a win-win for everyone.
“Along the way, we received an overwhelming outpouring of support and love from the local community and from athletes around the world. This just shows how truly iconic and special IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene is. We are proud to once again host a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon, and are enthused by the promising future this continued partnership with IRONMAN brings to Coeur d’Alene.”
Coeur d’Alene and its neighbouring areas are surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by glaciers from the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within driving distance of Coeur d’Alene, including Lake Coeur d’Alene.
General registration for the 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon will open on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. The 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will offer qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i.