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IRONMAN Announces New IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts Triathlon Taking Place In Springfield, Massachusetts

October 14, 2022

- Inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023; General Registration to open October 19, 2022, by visiting, www.ironman.com/im703-western-massachusetts

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. / TAMPA, Fla. (Oct. 14, 2022) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – The IRONMAN Group in partnership with Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau announced today that the City of Springfield, Massachusetts will be the host city for the inaugural IRONMAN® 70.3® Western Massachusetts triathlon. The debut of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023 with general registration for the event opening on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, by visiting, www.ironman.com/im703-western-massachusetts.

“We could not be more excited to bring the IRONMAN 70.3 brand to the state of Massachusetts for the first time,” said Dave Christen, Sr. Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “Western Mass. is a beautiful part of the country that we feel our athletes will really enjoy. This event is shaping up to be a fantastic early summer event to kick off the regional racing calendar.”

IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon will consist of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Athletes will start with a downriver swim in the Connecticut River. Once out of the water, athletes will transition to the bike at Riverfront Park in downtown Springfield for the 56-mile ride around the region’s world class biking areas, all while showcasing some of the greatest parts of Western Mass. Once back to Riverfront Park the race will conclude with a run using the riverwalks and downtown streets of Springfield, Mass.

Springfield is a city situated in western Massachusetts approximately 90-minutes west of the capital city of Boston and 20-minutes north of Hartford, Conn.. Western Mass. is known for one-of-a-kind attractions and beautiful outdoor spaces, but the locally owned businesses make the region authentically Western Mass. Some of the finest and most unique museums in the country are situated in Western Mass, including The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum.

“We are thrilled to welcome IRONMAN 70.3 athletes to Western Mass.,” said Mary Kay Wydra, President of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “The Western Mass. Sports Commission has been focused on bringing high-profile, world-class sports events to our region and this event is definitely a perfect fit. We know IRONMAN brings in thousands of competitors and their families from all over the world and we look forward to welcoming these visitors to Western Mass. in June 2023.”

General registration for the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon will open Wednesday, October 19, 2022. The 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon will offer qualifying slots to the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland taking place on August 26 and 27, 2023.

For more information about the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon, visit www.ironman.com/im703-western-massachusetts. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, please visit www.ironman.com. Media inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com.

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About The IRONMAN Group

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series events including Tarawera Ultra and Ultra-Trail Australia™, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events including Haute Route®, 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. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. 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 hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.