Ironman has announced that a full-distance race will return to the city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho in 2021 as part of a renewed multi-year host agreement.
The event will act as the second location of the three-year Ironman rotating race series, meaning that the city will shift back to hosting 70.3 races in 2022 and 2023. The 140.6-mile race will take place on June 27, 2021.
The new rotating Ironman concept was announced earlier this year with St. George, Utah set to host the first full-distance event in May 2020.
Coeur d’Alene previously held a full-distance event from 2003-2017, and hosted both full and half-distance races in 2016 and 2017 before deciding to solely focus on the 70.3. The Northern Idaho race had previously been a popular full-distance event for Canadians due to its proximity to the border.
The 2021 Ironman will closely mimic the course used for the 70.3 race. Both the swim and bike courses will simply be a double-loop of the half course, taking the athletes through the beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene before going along a scenic course with a hilltop view of rural northern Idaho.
The run will have a few adjustments, with the athletes finishing their day off with a multi-loop marathon through McEuen Park.
The event will have qualifying slots on the line for the 2021 Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. General registration opens on July 1, 2020.