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Australia Regains Series Race with Ironman 70.3 Ballarat

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Back in March, the Shepparton Triathlon Club announced it was not renewing the license to run Ironman 70.3 Shepparton. The event which normally took place in November was then re-branded as the Challenge Shepparton half. This left an opening on the calendar in Victoria for organizers to fill, thus the birth of the newest Ironman 70.3 race in Australia, Ironman 70.3 Ballarat. According to published reports Ironman Asia-Pacific has confirmed a three-year deal with the City of Ballarat to host the prestigious Ironman 70.3 Series event with a prize purse of $25,000 USD.

Ballarat is a city located on the Yarrowee River and lower western plains of the Great Dividing Range in the state of Victoria and is approximately 105 kilometers northwest of Melbourne, in Australia.

Triathlon: Ironman 70.3 Ballarat
When: Sunday, November 16, 2014
Where: Ballarat, VIC, Australia
Divisions: Professional, Age Group
Website: www.ironmanballarat.com

The event is scheduled for November 16, 2014. Ironman 70.3 Ballarat course will feature iconic city sites. The 1.9km Swim leg takes in the 1956 Olympic rowing course of Lake Wendouree. The 2 lap, 90km Bike course is steeped in history, encompassing the majestic Avenue of Honour and Arch of Victory. The final leg of Ironman 70.3 Ballarat is a 2 lap, 21km Run taking in the Steve Moneghetti Track, named after Ballarat's famous marathon Olympian.

The inaugural event will feature 30 age group qualifying spots for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 world championship in Zell Am See-Kaprun, Austria.

This will bring the number of Ironman 70.3 series events in Australia to 8, which also includes the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Western Sydney on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Ironman champion Luke Bell, will act as the event ambassador.

Registration opens on Tuesday, May 6th for Triathlon Australia members and then on Thursday, May 8th for general entries. Visit the event website for details: www.ironmanballarat.com
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