Ironman announced this afternoon that they have acquired Rev3 Maine and will be introducing Ironman 70.3 Maine, to take place on August 27th, 2017. This will be the first Ironman-branded half distance race in the state and it will be held at the same location as the Rev3 race — Old Orchard Beach, which offers a great family-friendly vacation setting. Maine is a drivable distance from eastern Canada, making it a great late summer race option for Canadian triathletes.
“We are pleased to add the landmark location of Old Orchard Beach to our Ironman 70.3 race series and look forward to growing the event in this historic beach community,” said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for Ironman. “We are proud to offer this event in such an iconic Eastern Seaboard destination that is sure to provide athletes and their supporters a spectacular race experience.”
Well recognized for its pier, which stretches out nearly 500 feet over the Atlantic Ocean, Old Orchard Beach is a beautiful seven-mile strip of sandy beach that has been a family destination for more than 170 years. Welcoming families and tourists alike, the beach plays host to weekly fireworks and concerts, and offers fishing, whale watch tours, top-notch golf and more.
The Ironman 70.3 Maine triathlon begins with a 1.2-mile swim gracing the shores of the iconic beach. The 56-mile bike course starts out flat and fast before taking athletes through a series of rolling hills in the surrounding Maine farmland and countryside. Tall pine trees provide shade over much of the course, as it winds through Saco, Dayton, Lyman, Waterboro, Hollis, and Old Orchard Beach. The 13.1-mile out-and-back run course is flat and provides sweeping views of the Scarborough Marsh and includes a portion over the storied Eastern Trail with a finish line in downtown Old Orchard Beach.
“Our entire team is excited about the opportunity to bring one of the largest sporting events to Old Orchard Beach. This community has it all; a gorgeous beach with an incredible pier, several activities within walking distance of the finish line and expo, and one of the friendliest New England communities you will find,” said Charlie Patten, Owner and Founder of Revolution3Triathlon. “If you love Lobster, Clam Chowder and the beautiful Maine coastline, then this is a race you won’t want to miss!”
Ironman 70.3 Maine will offer 35 slots to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 1 and 2 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.