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Ironman 70.3 Auckland Adds Kona Slots & Relay Teams


ironman 70.3 aucklandOrganizers for the new Ironman 70.3 Auckland triathlon in January have announced two new enhancements for 2013 inaugural event in New Zealand.

The Ironman 70.3 Auckland - Asia Pacific Championship on January 20th will offer 30 qualifying slots for the 2013 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The triathlon event already carries a prize purse of US$75,000 and 1500 points for the professional field and has 50 age group qualifying slots for the 2013 Ironman World Championships 70.3 in Las Vegas.

The inaugural race takes athletes through iconic parts of the inner city which includes a swim in the Viaduct Harbour, a bike over the Auckland Harbour Bridge and run along the waterfront.

The other news is that the event in Auckland will guarantee a limited number of team slots for the 2013 race. Ironman 70.3 Auckland will offer a limited 100 spots in the new teams' category.

The Asia Pacific region is growing rapidly in terms of athlete participation and offers triathletes from Europe and the Americas unique, varied and idyllic venues and races.

"The Asia Pacific region is rich in Ironman heritage and is experiencing remarkable growth in terms of races and participation," said Andrew Messick, CEO, World Triathlon Corporation. "It presents some of the most unique and enjoyable experiences for any athlete.

"Part of the lifestyle of an Ironman participant is to enjoy the travel, camaraderie and experiences that our great sport can offer. We hope many will try some of these great races in unique locations in Asia Pacific.

"The offer of slots directly to the Ironman World Championships from Ironman 70.3 in Asia Pacific is an added incentive for triathletes competing in the region to realise a dream of racing in Kona, which remains the Holy Grail of our sport."

The 30 qualifying slots will be available at the Ironman 70.3 Auckland race in 2013 and after that will be rotated annually around other races within the Asia Pacific region. The qualifying slots will be awarded under the standard Ironman policy.

For further details and to enter: www.ironmanauckland.com
 
 
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