IRONMAN Sweden to feature female professionals, and IRONMAN Copenhagen to feature male professionals
HANAU/TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2015) – IRONMAN announced today a professional race structure change to two 2016 IRONMAN®European events – IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden on August 20, 2016 and KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen on August 21, 2016. IRONMAN will split the female and male professional fields at these two races – with the female pros racing in Kalmar and the male pros racing in Copenhagen.
The changes are being made as an effort to provide two of Europe’s most popular IRONMAN races with professional fields that highlight our female and male athletes independently, in a year where scheduling has put these events on the same weekend. Total money for both events will remain the same at $50,000 USD.
“By having a split pro-field between KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen and IRONMAN Kalmar we are providing the athletes in each event a unique race experience while also providing fans a great race to watch. Copenhagen is eager to welcome the best male professional athletes for the 2016 KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen,” said Thomas Veje Olsen, Managing Director of IRONMAN Denmark.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the female pro field to shine in an unparalleled way. IRONMAN Kalmar will feature an extremely strong field. It will be the sporting highlight of Scandinavia next summer and we look forward to welcoming the female professional athletes on August 20,” added Christian Kirchberger, Managing Director of IRONMAN Sweden.
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. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events and five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
2701 North Rocky Point Dr | Suite 1250
Tampa, FL 33607