The IRONMAN Group has announced that the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series is landing in Melbourne, Australia, with the launch of the new IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne, taking place on 15 November, 2020.
IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne becomes the first new IRONMAN 70.3 event in the Oceania region in five years.
Based in Catani Gardens, St Kilda, only 6km from the city centre, IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will offer up ‘a big city buzz that will make it unlike any other race on the IRONMAN Oceania circuit.’
St Kilda Beach, much loved by residents and visitors, is renowned for its expansive views of Port Phillip Bay, safe sandy beach, palm lined boardwalk, iconic buildings, sunsets, and parks and gardens. ‘Add in world class restaurants, bars and cafés and endless shopping of nearby Fitzroy and Acland St, and IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will offer a host of wonderful experiences once the racing concludes.’
The IRONMAN Group, Oceania region Managing Director, Dave Beeche, said the feedback from the triathlon community in Victoria, interstate and overseas has been universal on their love for racing in the heart of Melbourne. “With the announcement of IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne bringing racing back to the St Kilda foreshore and its surrounding area, I am delighted that we are able to fulfil their wishes and create something unique and exciting.”
He continued, “Designing the IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne course has been about providing the full athlete experience. A high priority has been given to retaining the favourite aspects of racing in the Port Phillip Bay, Beach Road and the Catani Gardens precincts, while providing a spectator friendly, fast, flat, scenic course on the St Kilda waterfront, that will be great for newcomers to the sport and seasoned athletes keen to record a fast time.
“I am sure athletes, their families and supporters will embrace IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne and it will quickly become a must do event on the annual IRONMAN 70.3 calendar,” he added. “Together with IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong, domestic and international athletes now have more reason than ever to come to Victoria, exploring and enjoying the southern state’s wide range of cultural, culinary and sporting attractions.”
Mayor, Bernadene Voss said Port Phillip Council is pleased to support the new IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne. “With a scenic world-class course and a passionate crowd, there’s no better place than St Kilda for this popular event. We are excited that athletes from around the world – and their supporters – can enjoy our city’s beautiful foreshore as well as its many attractions after the event.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will be on a centrally located, spectator friendly and ‘super quick course’ that starts at the St Kilda Sea Baths, with a 1.9-km one lap swim in Port Phillip Bay. Athletes will then complete a 90-km, two lap, fully closed road bike course along iconic Beach Road, finishing at the Catani Gardens in St Kilda after a two lap, 21.1-km run with coastal and Melbourne skyline views. The new event offers athletes a chance to be among the first to race the new and improved course.
General registration for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will open at 11:00 AEDT on 6 February 2020. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne triathlon will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in St George, Utah, USA.