Muncie, Indiana to Host Full-Distance IRONMAN Triathlon in 2021
January 13, 2021
- IRONMAN Indiana triathlon scheduled for October 2, 2021 as exclusive one-time event - General registration to open on January 25, 2020 by visiting, www.ironman.com/im-indiana
MUNCIE, Ind. / TAMPA, Fla. (January 13, 2021) – Following the sellout of all 12 full-distance IRONMAN® triathlons across the United States and Canada in 2021, The IRONMAN Group today announced the addition of a new full-distance IRONMAN triathlon that will take place in the long-standing IRONMAN partner city of Muncie, Indiana in conjunction with IRONMAN® 70.3® Muncie. The IRONMAN Indiana triathlon will take place as a one-time event on Saturday, October 2, 2021, with general registration opening on Monday, January 25 at www.ironman.com/im-indiana.
“We are excited to bring a full distance IRONMAN triathlon to this community,” said Keats McGonigal, Vice President of Operations, North America for The IRONMAN Group. “We have hosted races in Muncie for nearly 40 years and are thrilled to bring IRONMAN Indiana to the triathlon community and the IRONMAN triathlon series. With the long-standing history these events have built over the years, we know our athletes will be excited to race 140.6 miles across this beautiful and challenging course in the American Midwest.”
“I am proud to have played a small part in putting Muncie and Delaware County on the IRONMAN map,” said Sue Errington, Member of the Indiana House of Representatives. “The addition of a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon to the existing IRONMAN® 70.3® race puts us in the top echelon of elite U.S. triathlon locations. I look forward to cheering on our triathletes later this year.”
The first half-distance triathlon, The Muncie Endurathon, was held in Muncie in 1980 at the same venue IRONMAN uses today. Ten years ago, this event became IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie and loyal athletes from around the country continue to find their place on the starting line each year. In 2021, after 40-plus years of collaboration with the State of Indiana, the City of Muncie and Delaware County, The IRONMAN Group will add a one-time-only full-distance event that will take place on the same day as the historic IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie race on October 2, 2021.
“Muncie, Indiana is proud to have been selected as one of the few cities worldwide to host both an IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie event on the same day,” said Dan Ridenour, Mayor of Muncie. “On October 2, 2021 we will extend our proud 40-year history of triathlon events at the wonderful Prairie Creek Reservoir facility. Along with the team and the volunteers for this event, I personally welcome all the participants and visitors to our wonderful city.”
IRONMAN Indiana will begin by taking athletes along a 2.4-mile two-loop swim in the waters of Prairie Creek Reservoir. The 112-mile bike course will wind through rural Delaware county that will be completely closed to traffic. Similar to the IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie event, athletes can expect minimal elevation gain. To finish, the 26.2-mile run course will consist of two laps through rolling hills on the south side of Prairie Creek Reservoir before hitting the finishing chute.
General registration for IRONMAN Indiana and IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie will open at 12:00 p.m. EST on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. The IRONMAN Indiana triathlon will offer qualifying slots to the 2022 IRONMAN World Championship® in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
For more information on the 2021 IRONMAN Indiana triathlon, visit at www.ironman.com/im-indiana. Athlete inquiries may be directed to [email protected]. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Media inquiries may be directed to [email protected].
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 Marathon Series®, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, ITU World Triathlon Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and The Sun-Herald City2Surf®, 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 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.
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