Bay in running for Ironman 70.3 World Championship

2016-05-04 06:00

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PORT Elizabeth will be competing against Nice in France and Budapest in Hungary to host the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship over two days with over 4 000 athletes from around the world expected to compete.

This announcement was made in Tampa, Florida on Friday.

The final decision on who will be hosting the event is expected in June.

The 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event, like the 2017 edition – with the professional women and age-group women racing on one day and the professional men and age-group men racing on the other.

“The Ironman 70.3 triathlon series has grown exponentially over the past few years, with the World Championship featuring the best athletes from around the world,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman.

“We have been extremely pleased with the global rotation of the event and providing our athletes with an exceptional world-class race in fantastic locations. Nice, Budapest and Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay are all extraordinary hosts to current Ironman and Ironman 70.3 races – providing beautiful and challenging courses and world-class hospitality for our athletes and families. Each city is well suited to host this pinnacle event.”

This September, the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship will be held in Queensland, Australia, with athletes representing over 70 countries and ranging in age from 18 to 75-plus.

In 2017, the championship event moves to Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA where it will be a two-day event for the first time.

Beginning in July 2017, athletes from around the world will earn the right to compete in the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship by qualifying at any of the more than 100 Ironman 70.3 events globally.

Ironman expects approximately 190 000 registered athletes to race at over 100 events in the global Ironman 70.3 Series during the 2017 season in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Malaysia and China to qualify for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.


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