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Ironman further expands in Mexico and Central America

Last week, Ironman announced the addition of Ironman 70.3 Campeche to take place in Mexico in March, 2017. The inaugural race offers a $50,000 USD professional prize purse and 40 age-group qualifying spots to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship held in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

This morning, they announced another new race in the region — Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica promises to be a hot one, taking place June 18th next year in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast.

Playa del Coco, Costa Rica
Playa del Coco, Costa Rica

“With its beautiful natural landscape and indigenous flora and fauna, Costa Rica is the ideal place to host an Ironman 70.3 race,” said Wilber Anderson, licensee of this new race.

“We are confident that this event will become a classic as participants cross the finish line in a stunning location that will let them know their effort was worthwhile.”

The race begins with a 1.9 km one-loop swim in the calm, crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Papagayo. The 90 km two-loop bike course will take athletes through the region’s lush vegetation, with views of monkeys and iguanas, while being cheered by spectators through the towns of Sardinal and San Blas.

The 21 km run course takes place between palm trees with an ocean view and brings athletes to the finish line in Playa del Coco, Guanacaste.

“It is a great honour to welcome athletes and their families from around the world to our country,” said Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica. “This is an opportunity for everyone to come together and enjoy the race with thousands of supporting spectators.”

The event will award a US$15,000 professional prize purse and 35 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, which will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States.

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica will be available beginning at 09:30 CST on Thursday June 23rd 2016.