2010 was the last time a scheduled Ironman event was set to take place in Japan, but just weeks before the race was set to take place, it was canceled (story link). The unfortunate cancellation ended up being the demise of event.
According to unoffical sources, now after nearly a 3-year hiatus, it seems that Ironman racing in Asia and Japan is about to start a new chapter. After months of rumors it seems that Ironman Japan is set to return and settle down in a new location on Hokkaido Island in Northern Japan.
The hugely anticipated return would be staged at Lake Toya on possibly August 31, 2013. If this is the date, then athletes could/would be able to qualify for the 2013 Ironman World Championship race in Hawaii in October.
UPDATE: Official press conference for 2013 Ironman Japan will take place on February 5th. Details and slots for Hawaii will be announced then.
So now it's official, Ironman Japan returning this summer. www.ironmanjapan.com
The 3.8km swim would be in Lake Toya which has been ranked one of the cleanest lakes in Japan.
The 180km bike leg would contain a mix of hills, rollers and flats, taking in some world class cycling roads. After mounting the bikes competitors will do 30km flat partial loop around the Lake and then onto a sharp climb out of the lake area and into the rural Hokkaido roads that cyclists travel from all over the world for.
The 42km run leg would be out and back course beside the lake, that is completely flat and mostly on the road.
Because of cool weather, early sunrise (about 5am) and late sunset (about 8pm), Ironman Japan would be a good race for those athletes who want to try own for a best time.
Hokkaido (北海道, Hokkaidō) is the second largest, northernmost and least developed of Japan's four main islands. Its weather is harsh in winter with lots of snowfall, below zero temperatures and frozen seas, while in summer it does not get as hot and humid as in the other parts of the country.
With its unspoiled nature, Hokkaido attracts many outdoor lovers, including skiers and snowboarders in the colder seasons and hikers, cyclists and campers from June to September.
The largest city on Hokkaido is its capital, Sapporo.
Lake Toya (Toyako) is part of the Shikotsu-Toya National Park. In addition to the lake itself, the Toyako region features hot springs and an active volcano, Mount Usu, which last erupted in the year 2000. The area also offers many fishing, hiking, and camping opportunities.
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