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Newest Triathlon: Ironman Boulder Announced

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On the heals of Boulder, Colorado city officials approving the request from the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) to host an Ironman triathlon event in the city starting in 2014 comes news that Ironman Boulder is official. This morning the WTC has announced that the inaugural Ironman Boulder event will take place on Sunday, August 3, 2014.

The date coincides with the annual Ironman 70.3 Boulder triathlon which will take place for the fourth time this coming August. Prior to joining the Ironman 70.3 Series, the event was the 5430 Long Course Triathlon.

UPDATE: New for 2014 - The 2014 Boulder Tri Series will now consist of 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder on June 15th, 2014 Boulder Peak Triathlon on July 13th and 2014 IRONMAN Boulder on August 3rd. Registration for the 2014 Boulder Tri Series will be Tuesday, July 16th at 9 a.m. until Wednesday, July 17th at 9 a.m. and cost $1,035 (USD).

Looking into the future, Ironman Boulder will be 1 of 7 Ironman events taking place in the month of August and will be the 13th Ironman qualifying triathlon event in North America.

Full press release:

The newest addition to the IRONMAN circuit will take place on Sunday, August 3, 2014.
There's a saying in the triathlon world: "Boulder is the new San Diego." For all that the mountain town has to offer triathletes, today's announcement of the new IRONMAN Boulder is the cherry on top.

As the 10th full-distance IRONMAN in the U.S., Boulder demonstrates IRONMAN's continued growth in a region where health and fitness are as integral to the culture as playing outside. Registration will open at noon EST Wednesday, July 17.

"The city is already buzzing about the event," says race director Dave Christen, who directed IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder last year. A triathlete himself, Christen moved to Colorado as soon as he could after college.

The picturesque college town has attracted countless pro triathletes with its blend of wide-open mountain roads, trail running and world-class coaches. Many Australian and European pros relocate to what some have dubbed "Pro Town" for half the year to take advantage of the altitude and prime training--IRONMAN world champions Craig Alexander and Mirinda Carfrae among them. Centrally located in the foothills of Colorado's Rocky Mountains just 35 minutes northwest of Denver, Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level and enjoys 300-plus days of sunshine a year.

As if pros and scenery weren't enough, two IRONMAN partners--TrainingPeaks and Newton Running--also make their home in Boulder. Triathlon's roots run deep here and, next August, thousands of IRONMAN athletes will be able to experience it for themselves.

IRONMAN Boulder will take place on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Athletes will swim a single 2.4-mile loop in Boulder Reservoir. After transitioning to the bike, they'll set out for a single-loop, 112-mile ride that heads north of Boulder to Carter Lake. The course will finish up over the flat and fast eastern roads outside of the Front Range. The second transition will take place at Boulder High School, just two blocks from downtown Boulder. Athletes will complete two loops, staged entirely on the Boulder Creek Trail, and finish on Pearl Street, with its vibe that's part urban energy and part mountain town.
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