What Is Old Is New Again as IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman Returns: Laconia, New Hampshire Announced As New Host City For Historic New England Triathlon

May 13, 2021

- IRONMAN, in partnership with the City of Laconia, New Hampshire is bringing back an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon to Lakes Region of New Hampshire - 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman triathlon will play host to a women’s only professional race - Historical IRONMAN 70.3 event returns on August 22, 2021; General registration to open May 17, 2021 by visiting www.ironman.com/im703-timberman

LACONIA, N.H. / TAMPA, Fla. (May 13, 2021) – The IRONMAN Group announced today that Laconia, New Hampshire will be the new host venue for the return of the IRONMAN®70.3® Timberman triathlon. The historic New England half-distance triathlon, originally hosted from 2001 to 2016, will rejoin the North American series in 2021 with the first edition of the new event taking place on Sunday, August 22 with general registration opening on Monday, May 17 at www.ironman.com/im703-timberman.

“We could not be more excited to see this fantastic event return to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,” said Scott Langen, Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “We’ve been working hard to bring an IRONMAN-branded event back to this region and are thrilled to call Laconia its new home. We know many athletes will be happy to hear the IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman name again and this new location will serve to only add to the great history of this event. We can’t wait to race in New Hampshire again.”

Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam, the city of Laconia, New Hampshire sits only minutes from its original IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman location in Gilford. Participants can expect a 1.2-mile freshwater swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Opechee. Water temperature in August ranges from 68 to 75°F. Following the swim, athletes will embark on a scenic, out and back bike course through rolling hills and several challenging climbs. The course will utilize three miles of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which is known for hosting NASCAR events. Athletes will then cap off their journey with a two-loop, half marathon skirting the edge of Lake Opechee, offering breathtaking views of the neighboring mountains, and rolling hills to engage participants before crossing the finish line near the downtown center of Laconia. This beginner-friendly race will prove to be the perfect place for athletes and families to plan a great New Hampshire getaway.

“I’m thrilled that IRONMAN and the city of Laconia have partnered on this event.  The Lakes Region of New Hampshire is a spectacular venue for this triathlon,” said Mayor of Laconia, Andrew Hosmer. “With the scenic vistas of New Hampshire’s Presidential Range and the sparkling waters of our many lakes this is sure to be a premier event. We can’t wait for this event and look forward to hosting the participants and their guests.”

“The city of Laconia and the entire Lakes Region are thrilled to be hosting the IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman event,” said Laconia City Manager Scott Myers. “Being able to showcase the natural beauty of our lakes along with our warm and welcoming hospitality is the perfect recipe for athletes and visitors from near and far to make wonderful memories and want to return year after year. We look forward to a successful race and a mutually beneficial, long-term partnership with IRONMAN.”

General registration for the inaugural 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman triathlon opens Monday, May 17. The event will offer qualifying slots to the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupō, New Zealand. The event will also host a women’s only professional race. The male professionals will take to the start line the following week at IRONMAN 70.3 Maine.

Athletes can start their journey towards IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman now by connecting to the IRONMAN®Virtual Club™, a free, web-based platform that gives athletes from around the world access to IRONMAN U Certified Coach curated workouts, training resources, and virtual challenges that prepare athletes to compete in live IRONMAN branded events as well as the IRONMAN Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series. For more information, visit www.ironmanvirtualclub.com/.

For more information on the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman, visit www.ironman.com/im703-timberman. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries can be directed to timberman70.3@ironman.com. Media related inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com.


About Laconia

Laconia is a vibrant community in central New Hampshire that offers visitors a fun summer getaway year after year. Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam this host city offers family friendly activities everyone is sure to enjoy. From boating on the lake to relaxing on the beach and a variety of entertainment on the boardwalk, visitors will love this vacation town. For more information, visit www.laconianh.gov.

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® Running Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virtual Running™ Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship 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.

About IRONMAN Virtual Club

The IRONMAN® Virtual Club™ (VC™) brings the global IRONMAN® community together virtually week-after-week. Launching in April of 2020, the platform gives athletes from around the world access to IRONMAN U Certified Coach curated workouts, training resources, and challenges that prepare athletes to compete in the IRONMAN Virtual Racing™ (VR™) Series. Athletes have the opportunity to train, compete, earn, and be rewarded as they set their goals towards a successful year of racing. In addition, 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 about the IRONMAN VC platform can be found at www.ironmanvirtualclub.com/.

About Advance

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, 1010data and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 17,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit  www.advance.com.