Inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Maine race to take place in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, August 27, 2017; General registration opens November 15, 2016
TAMPA, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2016) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company, announced today that the race previously known as Revolution3Triathlon Maine will now be operated as an IRONMAN 70.3 event, the first-ever in Maine. The race will take place in Old Orchard Beach on Sunday, August 27, 2017.
“We are pleased to add the landmark location of Old Orchard Beach to our IRONMAN 70.3 race series and look forward to growing the event in this historic beach community,” said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for IRONMAN. “We are proud to offer this event in such an iconic Eastern Seaboard destination that is sure to provide athletes and their supporters a spectacular race experience.”
Well recognized for its pier, which stretches out nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, Old Orchard Beach is a beautiful seven-mile strip of sandy beach that has been a family destination for more than 170 years. Welcoming families and tourists alike, the beach plays host to weekly fireworks and concerts, and offers fishing, whale watch tours, top-notch golf and more.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Maine triathlon begins with a 1.2-mile swim gracing the shores of the iconic beach. The 56-mile bike course starts out flat and fast before taking athletes through a series of rolling hills in the surrounding Maine farmland and countryside.Tall pine trees provide shade over much of the course, as it winds through Saco, Dayton, Lyman, Waterboro, Hollis, and Old Orchard Beach. The 13.1-mile out-and-back run course is flat and provides sweeping views of the Scarborough Marsh and includes a portion over the storied Eastern Trail with a finish line in downtown Old Orchard Beach.
“Our entire team is excited about the opportunity to bring one of the largest sporting events to Old Orchard Beach. This community has it all; a gorgeous beach with an incredible pier, several activities within walking distance of the finish line and expo, and one of the friendliest New England communities you will find,” said Charlie Patten, Owner and Founder of Revolution3Triathlon. “If you love Lobster, Clam Chowder and the beautiful Maine coastline, then this is a race you won’t want to miss!”
IRONMAN 70.3 Maine will offer 35 slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 1 and 2 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Maine will open November 15, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. ET at www.ironman.com/maine70.3. Athlete inquiries may be directed to email@example.com. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 42 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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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.