Second stop on IRONMAN VR World Tour Visits the Americas offering IRONMAN VR30 Chattanooga
October 27, 2020
- Three IRONMAN VR training workouts inspired by IRONMAN Brazil, IRONMAN Maryland and IRONMAN Canada-Penticton as a lead up to virtual race weekend highlighting IRONMAN Chattanooga running from Oct. 30-Nov. 1 - More than 121,000 members from around the globe have now registered on the IRONMAN Virtual Club platform continuing to prove #AnywhereIsPossible
IRONMAN® VR World Tour™
- The IRONMAN VR World Tour: Spotlight on Americas
- The five-week long IRONMAN VR® World Tour focusing on specific regions of the world kicked off Oct. 19 and runs through Nov. 22.
- Participants have the unique opportunity to virtually travel to 20 stunning race locations around the globe (five through IRONMAN VR events and 15 through IRONMAN VR workouts) and enjoy elements of some of the most coveted races the sport has to offer.
- Each race week will challenge athletes to complete three optional workouts inspired by real-world IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 events and IRONMAN VR races in destinations such as Klagenfurt, Austria; Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA; Langkawi, Malaysia; Port Elizabeth, South Africa; and Taupō, New Zealand.
IRONMAN VR30 Chattanooga
This weekend’s race will transport athletes to Chattanooga, Tennessee, home of the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery, a town that has warmly hosted IRONMAN athletes and fans of the sport for years. A favorite on the North American circuit, this event features rolling hills and a course that tested the world’s best athletes at the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. This longer VR is perfect for ramping up the volume.
- This marks the second stop on IRONMAN VR World Tour and sees an increase in the virtual bike distance.
- Two formats are available for IRONMAN VR30 Chattanooga and participants can opt to complete a swim/bike/run (Swim 2000m, Bike 80km, Run 8km) or run/bike/run (Run 2km, Bike 80km, Run 8km) and results will be split accordingly.
- Athletes can compete against their peers on the original racecourses powered by ROUVY with competition running from 6 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. GMT) on Thursday’s to 7:59 p.m. ET (11:59 p.m. GMT) on Sunday’s.
Sunday, Oct. 25
- 8:00 p.m. ET (Monday 12:00 a.m. GMT) – IRONMAN VR30 Training Workouts Open
Thursday, Oct. 29
- 6:00 a.m. ET (10:00 a.m. GMT) – IRONMAN VR30 Chattanooga Opens
Friday, Oct. 30
- 2:00 p.m. ET (6:00 p.m. GMT) – IRONMAN VR30 Training Workouts Concludes
Sunday, Nov. 1
- 7:59 p.m. ET (11:59 p.m. GMT) – IRONMAN VR30 Chattanooga Concludes
Throughout the week, the IRONMAN VR World Tour will feature training workouts in the swim, bike, and run disciplines tied thematically to the region. See below for this week’s training workouts in Americas:
- Swim (2000m) – Inspired by IRONMAN Florianopolis, focuses on body position in the water; Affectionately called “Floripa” by the locals, Florianopolis encompasses Santa Catarina Island and boast 42 beaches across its sun-soaked coastline.
- Bike (60 min.) – Inspired by IRONMAN Maryland, focus on holding that aero position; Cambridge, Maryland, a charming historic town situated along the Choptank River, hosts the 112-mile mostly flat course that winds through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge
- Run (60 min.) – Inspired by the IRONMAN Canada-Penticton, focus on building durability and power over rolling terrain; A classic on the circuit, IRONMAN Canada-Penticton debuted in 1983 as one of the first international qualifying events for the IRONMAN World Championship
IRONMAN VR Asia: IRONMAN VR31 Chattanooga (Nov. 2 – Nov. 8)
There won’t be a lot of time to pack those bags again for the long trip to Asia, host of IRONMAN VR31 Malaysia in Langkawi between November 5 and November 8. Sure, those beaches look pretty and have drawn athletes from all around the world, but “hot and humid” is the name of the game when it comes to conquering the two-loop bike course on this paradise island. Participants will be required to complete a 2000-meter swim (drills), 40km ride, and 15km run between 6 a.m. ET (10 a.m. GMT) between Thursday, Nov. 5 and 7:59 p.m. (11:59 p.m. GMT) on Sunday, Nov. 8.
- IRONMAN VR The Americas – October 26-November 1
- IRONMAN VR Asia – November 2-8
- IRONMAN VR Africa – November 9-15
- IRONMAN VR Oceania – November 16-22
IRONMAN VR29 Austria-Kärnten
Facts & Figures
- In total, over 5,000 participants participated in IRONMAN VR29
- Athletes represented 46 states and 115 countries, regions, and territories
- Over 1,300 IRONMAN TriClub members signed up for IRONMAN VR29
IRONMAN Virtual Club What to Know:
- The IRONMAN Virtual Club platform has reached more than 121,000 members since the inception of the platform
- More than 17,000 TriClub members are registered on the IRONMAN Virtual Club platform
- To date, 125 athletes have completed all 29 IRONMAN VR races. Over the past 29 weeks of racing, these athletes have completed at least 438km of running and 1441km of cycling
Race Honorably Campaign
Through the Race Honorably campaign, IRONMAN’s goal is to provide an exceptional virtual racing experience with credible results that requires athletes to do their part by entering accurate data. Additional details can be found on the IRONMAN VC platform at www.ironmanvirtualclub.com.
IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series, including the IRONMAN VR World Tour offers athletes tangible IRONMAN VR Finisher Bundles and other IRONMAN Virtual Racing Series merchandise through www.ironmanstore.com/ironman-vr.
IRONMAN Foundation – IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund
Last week, the IRONMAN Foundation® announced the fourth distribution of its IRONAIDTM COVID-19 Support Fund grants to 40 charitable organizations. To date, over $400,000 has been distributed to 160 health-related charitable organizations through the IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund grants. An additional 70 organizations have received support through Operation IRONAID Nutrition or Operation IRONAID Face Masks in partnership with Framebridge and Good360, bringing support to 230 organizations and impact to more than 2.5 million people globally through meal distribution, face coverings and grant funding for organizations supporting youth, the homeless, seniors, veterans and other vulnerable populations, as well as groups focused on research and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene). In addition, the IRONMAN Foundation provided four Humanitarian Relief grants in response to wildfires in Northern California and Canada. Applications for the fifth round of IRONAID COVID-19 Support Fund grants are also being accepted until 11:59 p.m. ET on December 15, 2020. For more information about IRONAID visit ironmanfoundation.org/ironaid/.
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 (www.advance.com), a private, family-owned business. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.