A unprecedented and historic move by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) was announced today in regards to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship event, it's second major change since moving to Henderson, Nevada from Clearwater, Florida. Now Ironman 70.3 athletes and spectators might get to see and participate in the world championship event in their own backyard as the WTC will now rotate the venue globally starting in 2014.
Read the full announcement below.
Beginning in 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships will take place at rotating locations across the globe, the World Triathlon Corporation announced today.
"Having the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship change locations from year to year will provide our athletes with the opportunity to race on some of the best courses and in some of the most beautiful places in the world," said Andrew Messick, chief executive officer of World Triathlon Corporation. "We are looking forward to bringing the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to some of the top venues globally that will allow for more athletes outside of the United States to participate in a World Championship event."
The 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship location will be announced in coming weeks. This year's event will be held at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada on September 8, representing the third and final year in that location.
Henderson, Nevada will continue to host a yearly 70.3: The IRONMAN 70.3 Silverman triathlon. From 2005-2010, Henderson held both the Silverman Ultra and Long distance triathlons at Lake Mead. During that six-year-run, it drew thousands of competitors and was recognized as one of the toughest courses in North America.
"We are thrilled to welcome back to the city of Henderson a signature event that pays tribute to our Silverman heritage," said Henderson Mayor Andy Hafen. "It's truly an inspiration to see the dedication and determination of these athletes as they compete in this elite race."
The championship race had been previously held in Clearwater, Fla. since its inception in 2006. Each year, more than 1,800 domestic and international competitors have earned the right to compete in the championship by qualifying at an IRONMAN 70.3 event.