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2019 Mazda Ironman Cozumel Triathlon designated Latin American Pro Championship

October 23, 2019

TAMPA, Fla.(October 23, 2019) – The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company announced today that the 2019 Mazda IRONMAN® Cozumel triathlon will play host to the Latin American Pro Championship, attracting a strong international professional field of triathletes for competition on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Lauded as one of the top travel destinations for triathletes, Cozumel will play host to a field of more than 30 top ranked professional triathletes looking to grab one of six early season professional qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship® triathlon in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. Michael Weiss (AUT) and Svenja Thoes (DEU) will be back to defend their titles from last year. Weiss will be challenged by Tyler Butterfield (BMU), Matt Hanson (USA), Chris Leiferman (USA) and Patrik Nilsson (DNK) on the men’s side, while Thoes will face-off against a strong field of women, including Angela Naeth (CAN), Lisa Roberts (USA) and Laura Philipp (DEU), who recently finished fourth at the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship.

“We expect to see an exciting showdown in the men’s and women’s race with a deep field highlighted by both athletes who will have a relatively quick recovery from the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship, and those athletes peaking late season in an effort to secure a 2020 Kona slot,“ said Joanna Jordan, Managing Director, Latin America.

This secluded gem of an island off Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is a beloved destination for beachgoers and IRONMAN athletes alike. Surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, Cozumel is located 16 kilometers off the eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo. Boasting the second largest barrier reef in the world, Cozumel has an international reputation as one of the premier diving destinations in the world. Thousands of divers and snorkelers visit every year to experience the 200 feet of visibility, countless species of fish, sponges, anemones and coral. The island also offers both adventure and relaxation at every turn: untrammeled jungle, white sand beaches, and a year-round Caribbean climate that athletes have to look forward to pre and post-race.

In addition to the opportunity to qualify in one of the earliest qualifying races for Kona, the Mazda IRONMAN Cozumel Latin American Pro Championship will offer $100,000 USD in prize money. The two-transition course starts with a 2.4-mile (3.80-km) point-to-point swim in water that is teeming with tropical fish within the protected waters of the Reefs of Cozumel National Park at Chankanaab Park Beach. The 112-mile (180-km), three-loop bike course in Cozumel is pancake-flat, taking competitors along the spectacular coastline of beaches and resorts and through the town of San Miguel de Cozumel. The 26.2 (42.2) three-loop run is lined with local supporters and bands playing traditional Mexican music, creating a festival-like atmosphere. The finish line is at the city hall square in San Miguel de Cozumel, where local residents provide support to all finishers like they were seasoned veterans of IRONMAN spectating. In the 2018 IRONMAN Athlete Choice Awards, IRONMAN Cozumel was voted as the best ‘Overall Bike Experience’ and ‘Overall Host City Experience’.

For more information about 2019 Mazda IRONMAN Cozumel Latin American Pro Championship, visit

www.ironman.com/cozumel. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, please visit www.ironman.com.

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About The IRONMAN Group

As part of Wanda Sports Group, The IRONMAN Group 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®, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun-Herald City2Surf® presented by Westpac, Ultra-Trail® World Tour events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world and provides more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with more than 235 events across 55+ countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Group

Wanda Sports Group (Nasdaq: WSG) is a leading global sports events, media and marketing platform with a mission to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams. Through our businesses, including Infront and The IRONMAN Group, we have significant intellectual property rights, long-term relationships and broad execution capabilities, enabling us to deliver unrivalled sports event experiences, creating access to engaging content and building inclusive communities. We offer a comprehensive array of events, marketing and media services through three primary segments: Mass Participation, Spectator Sports and Digital, Production, Sports Solutions (DPSS). Our full-service platform creates value for our partners and clients as well as other stakeholders in the sports ecosystem, from rights owners, to brands and advertisers, and to fans and athletes. Headquartered in Beijing, China, Wanda Sports Group has more than 60 offices and 1,600 employees around the world.