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Ironman announces first event in Russia

The inaugural Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg will take place on July 19, 2020.

Ironman has announced a new race that will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia on July 19, 2020.

Classical view of Neva river with Isaakievsky Cathedral in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Getty Images

The 12th new race addition to the 2020 Ironman calendar offers a first for Ironman – the company’s first race in Russia.

The race will take place in Russia’s second largest city, St. Petersburg, dubbed “Venice of the North” because of its many waterways. The city is “Russia’s capital of fine arts” thanks to its 221 museums, 2,000 libraries and 80 theatres, not to mention the many “palaces, guilded steeples and significant artworks along its canals.”

Saint Petersburg night city skyline at Saint Isaac Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photo: Getty Images.

The course includes a 1.9 km swim in the historic St. Petersburg rowing channel. The 90.1 km bike course begins on the Yacht Bridge and works its way down the St. Petersburg sea wall to the walled town of Kronstadt, part of the UNESCO World Heritage site of Historic Centre of Saint Petersburg and Related Group of Monuments. The three-loop bike course includes 435 m of climbing. The day ends with a 21.1 km run course on Yelagin Island before finishing near the Gazprom Arena stadium.

Ironman 70.3 St. Petersburg will offer age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah. Registration for the event will open on December 16, 2019 at 4 pm Moscow time.

For more information please go to ironman.com/im703-st-petersburg