Over 5,000 athletes from around the world expected to compete at 2020 race
TAMPA, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today that Perth, Western Australia and Taupō, New Zealand have been named finalists to host the IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon which will rotate to the Oceania region in 2020. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be a two-day event, similar to the upcoming 2018 edition – with the professional women and age-group women racing on one day and the professional men and age-group men racing on the other.
“Many fine cities were considered for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, however, Perth and Taupō separated themselves and we are excited about these two finalists,” Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “The IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series has grown exponentially over the last several years, with the world championship featuring the best athletes from around the world. We feel that either one of these cities will create a world-class event by providing beautiful and challenging courses and outstanding hospitality for our athletes and their families and friends.”
IRONMAN officials are visiting these two cities over the next week as the selection process continues to determine the host city for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
- Perth, Western Australia – Perth, the capital of Western Australia, has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, making it an even more attractive destination. The city offers easy access to nature, with attractions such as the beautiful Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, the Swan River, stunning coastline, picturesque Swan Valley and Rockingham dolphins all within easy reach of the city. With all the amenities a modern, world-class city has to offer, Perth has new public space developments such as Elizabeth Quay and Yagan Square which are vibrant hubs offering a mix of food, drinks, events, entertainment and culture. With its sunny climate, city parks and inner-city river, Perth is ideally suited to hosting major sporting events and is one of only a few cities to have twice hosted the ITU Triathlon World Championships.
- Taupo, New Zealand – The Great Lake Taupō District is rich in history and is one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. Located in the center of the North Island of New Zealand, it has a fascinating volcanic landscape and a cultural heritage dating back to the arrival of Māori in New Zealand in the 14ᵗʰ century. The Great Lake Taupō District is one of the most pure, beautiful and unspoiled areas in the country and encompasses the lakeside towns of Taupō, Turangi, Kinloch and Mangakino. As a popular year-round destination, it houses the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, geothermal attractions, and the mountains and ski areas of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage National Park. Host of IRONMAN New Zealand since 1999, Taupō has become one of IRONMAN’s most iconic events.
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The 2015 race was held in Europe for the first time, in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. In 2016 the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship shifted to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time – in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the world championship returned to the United States with the host city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it first became a two-day event. On September 1 and 2, 2018, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will be in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Next year, the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will move to Europe and Nice, France. Prior to 2014, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Henderson, Nevada and Clearwater, Florida.
Qualification for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will begin in July of 2019. IRONMAN expects approximately 190,000 registered athletes from around the world to compete at any of the more than 120 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series in locations such as Australia, Brazil, Africa, Malaysia and China to earn a coveted slot. In addition, each age-group winner at the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice will automatically qualify for the 2020 world championship.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN®70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new “global rotation” for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. More than 130,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races for the championship, a series which consists of over 85 events in locations such as Australia, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Approximately 3,000 registered athletes from around the world took part in this prestigious race. Participants in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship ranged in age from 19 to 75-plus and represented over 80 countries. In 2017, the event returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee where it became a two-day race for the first time. In 2018, the event reaches the African continent for the first time and will be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa.
About Wanda Sports Holdings
Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media and marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.