On Sunday September 11, 2011, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will move from Clearwater, Florida to Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada (just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip).
The new location will see athletes start with a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Las Vegas at Lake Las Vegas Resort. Then ride a challenging 56-mile course through Lake Mead National Recreation Area that includes several steep climbs. And then finish with a 13.1-mile run through Henderson’s scenic residential areas with views of the Las Vegas Strip.
“It is a privilege to host the Ironman World Championship 70.3,” said Frank Lowery, race director. “This course will be labeled as one of, if not the toughest, in the United States. The challenging race, coupled with endless entertainment options and its proximity to the famous Las Vegas Strip, will provide the ultimate event experience for athletes.”
“We’re grateful to the city of Clearwater for being a fantastic host to the Ironman World Championship 70.3 over the past five years,” said Steve Meckfessel, WTC’s chief operations officer. “Clearwater’s sports-minded spirit, enthusiasm and dedication of resources have been critical to building the Ironman 70.3 Series. We are excited to return to the community to introduce the inaugural 5150 Clearwater event taking place on Nov. 12.”
Check out ironman.com for more details.