The IRONMAN Group returns to Kenting, Taiwan with New IRONMAN 70.3 Event for 2021
December 18, 2020
- IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting becomes the third IRONMAN Group event in Taiwan - General registration opens on December 17, 2020 at www.ironman.com/im703-kenting
TAIWAN / TAMPA, Fla. (December 18, 2020) – After a five-year hiatus, the IRONMAN Group announced today it will once again return to Kenting, Taiwan with the addition of IRONMAN®70.3® Kenting through licensee Taiwan Triathlon Corporation.
Taking place on April 25, 2021, IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting, Taiwan will serve as an early season race for the IRONMAN 70.3 Asia racing series, taking place two weeks after the IRONMAN 70.3 Desaru Coast in Malaysia on April 11, 2021. The race will bring the total number of IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 races in Asia to 18.
“Kenting is a stunning destination that we have looked forward to getting back to ever since our first IRONMAN Taiwan event in 2010,” said Jeff Edwards, Managing Director of Asia for The IRONMAN Group. “Having an IRONMAN 70.3 event in Taiwan in April will provide athletes with a great way to race early in the season in what is one of the best coastal towns in Asia.”
Including the new event, Taiwan will now host three events under The IRONMAN Group portfolio: IRONMAN Taiwan (March 21, 2021), IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting, Taiwan (April 25, 2021), IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan, Taitung (September 12, 2021).
“Kenting was the host city of both the first IRONMAN and first IRONMAN 70.3 races in Taiwan, so we are very delighted to be returning with races back to the origin, and home of IRONMAN in Taiwan,” said Renny Ling, CEO, Taiwan Triathlon Corporation.
IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting, Taiwan starts with a two-lap 1.9km (1.2-mile) swim in the calm and crystal-clear fresh waters of The Little Bay. Athletes then make their way towards the stunning two-loop 90km (56-mile) bike course that takes riders along the coastline of Southern Taiwan, through the local sights and scenes of Pingtung, before making a U-turn close to Kenting National Park to start lap two before returning to transition area at Howard Beach Resort. The bike course will be completely closed to traffic so that cyclists are able to have an enjoyable and safe ride. With a flat and fast two-lap 21.1km (13.1-mile) run course, athletes will head into an out-and-back route along the southernmost coastlines of South China Sea, surrounded by rich nature, before finishing at Howard Beach Resort.
Air temperatures in Kenting, Taiwan in April are expected to be around 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit) with water temperatures generally hovering around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit).
The 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting triathlon will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by Utah Sports Commission.
General registration for 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Kenting, Taiwan will open on December 17, 2020 at 12:00pm GMT+8. For more information, please visit www.ironman.com/im703-kenting, or direct inquiries to [email protected].
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
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.
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About Taiwan Triathlon Co
Founded by Renny Ling and his fellow triathlon teammates, Taiwan Triathlon Ltd. has successfully introduced the world renowned triathlon series – IRONMAN into Taiwan in 2009.
IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan series has a total millage of 113 kilometre, whereas the IRONMAN Taiwan series has a total millage of 226 kilometres. Every year, thousands of Triathletes from all around the world travel to Taiwan’s best racing spots – Taitung, Kenting and Penghu to compete in this prestigious triathlon series.