Ironman has confirmed that the Ironman 70.3 Brasilia triathlon, scheduled for April 5, 2015, will serve as the regional championship – becoming the 2015 Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championship. This marks the first time a regional championship will be held in South America.
“Ironman has added amazing triathlons in South America over the past few years as the sport has been rapidly growing in popularity across the continent,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer Ironman. “We are thrilled to add the Latin American Championship to Ironman 70.3 Brasilia – offering a fantastic course in an amazing city that we are confident will become a favourite race amongst our athletes.”
Ironman 70.3 Brasilia was added to the Ironman calendar in 2006. In 2014, more than 1,100 athletes from 16 countries participated in the race. Ironman 70.3 Panama previously hosted the Latin American Championship. For 2015, Ironman 70.3 Panama has been postponed.
“Ironman 70.3 Brasilia has been so well received by the city and has grown in popularity among triathletes from around the world,” said Carlos Galvão, CEO of local event organizer Latin Sports S.A. “Being awarded the Ironman 70.3 Latin American Championship is a celebration of the success of the event and the great support we have received from the age group athletes, professional athletes, the city and the sponsors.”
Brazil’s capital city, known for its tradition and history, offers a mix of urban and architectural design. The rectangle-shaped swim takes place in the calm waters of Lake Paranoa, the three-lap scenic bike course travels through Embassies Access Road and across the famous Juscelino Kubitschek Bridge; and the three-lap run takes place along the beautiful shore of Lake Paranoa.
One of more than 70 events in the global Ironman 70.3 Series, Ironman 70.3 Brasilia will have a US$100,000 professional prize purse with P-1500 championship points and will offer 35 age-group qualifying slots for athletes to qualify for the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, hosted by Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria.