IRONMAN Announces the Return of IRONMAN 70.3 Panama Triathlon
September 5, 2019
TAMPA, Fla. / PANAMA CITY, Panama – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced today the return to Panama with the IRONMAN® 70.3® Panama triathlon, which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 23, 2020. Last raced in 2016, the popular Central American destination race will once again offer athletes from around the world the opportunity to experience Panama’s unique scenery and culture through the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon. General registration will open Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019.
“The growth of IRONMAN® across Central America is higher than it has ever been and the return of IRONMAN 70.3 to Panama is yet again a testament to the success of the sport and impact of the brand in the region,” said Joanna Jordan, Managing Director of Latin America for IRONMAN. “The demand for IRONMAN races continues to flourish throughout Latin America, and Panama City is sure to become a bucket list destination for our athletes.”
In the past, elite athletes such as Javier Gomez Noya, Lionel Sanders, Chris Lieto, Heather Jackson, Michelle Vesterby, Natascha Badmann and many others have made their way atop the podium in Panama. The return of IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon is a great opportunity to showcase the region while furthering the sport of triathlon in Latin America and one of its hubs, Panama.
The capital of Panama is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal, considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Casco Viejo, its cobblestoned historic center, is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidential Palace and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. The Miraflores Locks offers views of ships traversing the canal and operates as an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific.
The race will begin on the Pacific Ocean at the Panama Canal waterway. Athletes will swim 1.2-miles (1.9-km), in a point-to-point swim course. They will follow that by hopping on their bikes for a 56-mile (90-km) three-loop ride along the Cinta Costera and Calzada de Amador, where athletes will be able to admire the contrast of the Casco Viejo and skyscrapers of the Panama skyline. They will then transition in the Biomuseo for a 13.1-mile (21-km) two-loop run through the Calzada de Amador. Participants will have panoramic views of Panama City and the Panama Canal staged by the Puente de Las Americas Bridge.
“This is a great time for endurance sports in Central America and we are very excited to be the reason IRONMAN 70.3 is back in Panama,” said Jorge Urrutia, Managing Director of PTYATHLONS S.A. and local operator of the event. “With this, we are making an international event accessible to individuals from all corners of the region, as it will attract international participants — so it is a great opportunity to enhance Panama as a sports hub. We strongly believe that every participant in this event will be a celebrity and role model, whose story will inspire many to be part of endurance events. This event marks a milestone in our project to create a sports hub in Panama.”
The end of August is the perfect time of the year to host the race with warm tropical weather conditions and temperatures averaging 84°F (29-32°C).
The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Panama triathlon is an age group-only event and will offer qualifying slots for the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah.
On top of the individual category, the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Panama race will offer a relay team option, providing an opportunity for first timers to take part in the IRONMAN 70.3 event.
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. For inquiries regarding the IRONMAN 70.3 Panama event, media may contact [email protected]. Media related inquiries may be directed to [email protected]
PTYATHLONS is a Panamanian Company that has created sport experiences with a focus on non-conventional sports, like triathlons, cycling, laser runs, and running. Our mission is to grow the sport of triathlon in Panama and offer the greatest sport experience. Our vision is to have a series of events that bring the best athletes of the region to compete in Panama, and making Panama the premier sports hub in the region. For more information, visit www.ptyathlons.com.
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. For more information, please visit investor.wsg.cn.