Inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Jeju set to take place on July 8
TAMPA, Fla./JEJU, Korea (October 20, 2017) – IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the latest addition of IRONMAN® 70.3® Jeju on Jeju Island, Korea which will be owned and operated by Korea Triathlon Federation. The inaugural edition of the race will take place on July 8, 2018.
“We are thrilled to announce another new race in Asia for the 2018 race season. The thought of growing the IRONMAN® triathlon sport in Asia is exciting and there is no better way than having an IRONMAN 70.3 race in Korea in 2018. We strive to keep bringing IRONMAN races to more destinations across Asia,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for IRONMAN Asia. “The team and I are looking forward to working with the Korea Triathlon Federation to organize yet another great race in Korea.”
The largest island off the Korean Peninsula, Jeju Island features the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes. The temperate climate, natural scenery, and pristine beaches make it a world-class popular vacation spot. Regular direct flights from China, Japan and Taiwan make travelling to Jeju Island easy and a popular destination. Jeju Island is known for its mild, warm weather conditions for most of the year. July is the ideal time of the year to visit the island with moderate and tropical weather conditions reaching 26°C.
“This announcement is the result of months of planning. We are delighted to invite triathletes from all around the world to discover the beauty of Jeju. This island will be the perfect stage for an amazing race on July 8.” said Justin Sukwon Park, President of Korea Triathlon Federation.
The event will take place in the southern part of Jeju Island, Seogwipo. The beautiful Pyoseon Haevichi Beach will host the start of a two-loop 1.9-km clockwise swim through the emerald Pacific Ocean. The athletes will then ride on a scenic and well-paved two-loop 90km bike course with sweeping ocean views. The stunning views of mountains and volcanoes will showcase the exotic landscape Jeju Island has to offer. The athletes will then run a flat oceanside one-loop 21.1km runcourse along Hwanhaejangseong-ro through little seaside villages before reaching the Finish Line on Pyoseon Haeyichi Beach.
The 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Jeju, Korea will be an age-group only race offering 30 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
On top of the individual category, 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Jeju, Korea will offer a relay team option, providing an opportunity for first timers to join the IRONMAN 70.3 race.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN 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®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. 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. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
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