IRONMAN Announces First Full Distance IRONMAN Triathlon in Portugal
October 22, 2019
CASCAIS / LONDON / TAMPA, Fla. (October 22, 2019) – The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced today the addition of IRONMAN® Portugal-Cascais. The full-distance triathlon will be added to the existing IRONMAN® 70.3® Portugal-Cascais event weekend with the inaugural IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais taking place on September 26, 2020 and IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais taking place on September 27, 2020.
With its mild climate and 3,000 hours of sunshine per year, Portugal has always been the perfect destination for family holidays. Now, these welcoming conditions are part of both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 event series. With a history of over 650 years, Cascais is just a 20-minute drive from Lisbon International Airport and is located between Sintra – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – and the Village of Oeiras.
“Portugal has quickly become one of our most popular destinations for athletes from all over the world,” said Stefan Petschnig, Managing Director of IRONMAN Europe, Middle East and Africa. “It was a logical next step for us to add an IRONMAN event in this amazing location. On behalf of all of us at IRONMAN I would like to congratulate the local team. Over the past three years of IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais they have displayed excellence in all aspects of organizing this event.”
Athletes racing in IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais will face a single-loop 3,8 km (2.4-mile) swim in the Bay of Cascais and exit the water at the Fortaleza at Club Naval. After transitioning onto their bikes, athletes will tackle a unique 180,2 km (112-mile) bike course that leads along the Guincho Beach road and to Sintra before athletes are treated to racing on the Formula 1 and Moto GP circuit of Estoril. Athletes end the cycling portion of the race with two shorter loops on flat roads next to the Ocean between Lisbon and Cascais. The three-loop 42,2 km (26.2-mile) run course starts in Cascais and leads back to Guincho Road. It then follows the shoreline to Cabo Raso and back to Cascais for a celebratory finish.
“To me, this is a dream coming true. In 2017 we put Cascais on the international triathlon map. Now we are building on that legacy with a full-distance event. We are looking forward to creating memorable moments for our athletes and a huge economic and athletic impact for all of Portugal,” said Jorge Paulo Pereira, Managing Director of IRONMAN Portugal
“IRONMAN and Cascais belong together. We have welcomed athletes from all over the world and they have embraced our city as much as we have them and this wonderful sport. Their dedication to accomplishing something extraordinary is an inspiration to all and we once again would like to invite them to Cascais to experience the sights and sounds of our home,” added Carlos Carreiras, the Mayor of Cascais.
IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais will offer age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. General registration for IRONMAN Portugal-Cascais and IRONMAN 70.3 Portugal-Cascais will open on October 23, 2019 at 4pm CEST.
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.