IRONMAN Announces Course Changes for 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta Triathlon
March 29, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. – IRONMAN, A Wanda Sports Holdings company, has announced that the IRONMAN® 70.3® Indian Wells-La Quinta triathlon will return in 2019 with an updated bike course. The flat course will continue to provide participants with an unforgettable journey past the picturesque palm tree farms and desert vistas. The scenic Southern California event will also remain the season finale for the North American circuit taking place on Sunday, December 8 with general registration for the event opening immediately.
“We are excited to have IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta return to the Coachella Valley,” said Paul Huddle, Senior Regional Director for IRONMAN. “We are proud to continue our partnership with Indian Wells and La Quinta and showcase this beautiful region through the updated IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta course.”
The 1.2-mile swim through Lake Cahuilla will remain unchanged and kick off the IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta triathlon. After transitioning out of the water, athletes will embark on the redesigned 56-mile flat, single-loop bike course. The new bike course starts by going southeast away from the swim start at Lake Cahuilla and into Riverside County. Athletes will then return to Avenue 58 and head north on Monroe Street, west on Avenue 52, and north on Jefferson Street. Finally, athletes will head back to Miles Avenue, where they will cross Washington Street to the iconic Indian Wells Tennis Garden where they will transition to the run portion of the event.
A two-loop 13.1-mile run course takes athletes from the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens through the Indian Wells Golf Resort and back to a grand finish inside the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens capping off both the event and the season – all beneath the breathtaking mountain backdrop.
The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta event will offer 30 qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in, Taupõ, New Zealand as well as a professional prize purse of USD $25,000.
General registration for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta event is currently open at www.ironman.com/indianwellslaquinta70.3. Athlete inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, 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®, 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, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, 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 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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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.