Full-Distance IRONMAN Triathlon Returns to Korea after 10 Years

December 21st, 2016

IRONMAN Gurye Korea to take place on September 10, 2017; General Registration to open January 18, 2017

SINGAPORE/TAMPA Fla. (December 21, 2016) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company,  announced today that the picturesque town of Gurye, Korea has been selected to host the newest IRONMAN® triathlon in Asia. The IRONMAN Gurye, Korea triathlon will take place on September 10, 2017.

Playing host to IRONMAN 70.3 Gurye Korea triathlon for the past three years, Gurye has proven to be a superb destination to visit. Located in southwest Korea, Gurye is readily accessible from many major cities including Seoul, Busan, and Gwangju. The growth of IRONMAN® triathlons in Asia is set to continue with the addition of IRONMAN Gurye, Korea as the location has become a go-to destination for local and international IRONMAN athletes over the years. It will be the first full-distance IRONMAN triathlon in Korea since 2007.

“The enthusiasm for IRONMAN races in Korea is tremendous. We have been planning for months to bring a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon to Korea and now we’ve found the right partners and the perfect venue with Gurye-Gun County,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director, IRONMAN Asia. “We are really excited about this new race and look forward to welcoming athletes from all around the world in September 2017.”

Athletes will begin with a 3.8-km swim in the pristine fresh water of Jirisan Lake, surrounded by the natural beauty of Jirisan National Park. Athletes will then experience a mostly flat and fast 180-km bike course throughout the scenic Gurye region, passing picturesque mountains, swaying rice fields and the winding Seomjingang River. The 42.195-km run course will take athletes onto trails around the lake and onto the wide-open country road, flanked by cheering local villagers before heading into Jayeon-dream Park resort for an energetic finish line.

“We are delighted to be given an opportunity to host the IRONMAN event in Korea. I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to all the athletes and IRONMAN for their support and encouragement over the past three years,” said Mr. Seo Gi-Dong, Mayor of Gurye County. “This event will offer athletes a safe and healthy environment that will allow them to reach their full potential.”

General registration for IRONMAN Gurye, Korea, will open on January 18, 2017, at www.ironman.com/korea. The 2017 IRONMAN Gurye, Korea triathlon will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship taking place on October 13in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

More information about IRONMAN Gurye, Korea can be found at www.ironman.com/korea. Athlete inquires can be directed to korea@ironman.com. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.


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, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, six of nine International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races, premier marathons and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than 680,000 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 260 events across 44 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Holding

Wanda Sports Holding 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 & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Led by President & CEO Philippe Blatter, 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. 

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