From triathlons to marathons, Ironman announces it has taken over New Zealand’s largest road race, the Auckland Marathon. With over 16, 000 participants, the event comprises of five different races – a full marathon, half marathon, quarter marathon, 5km Challenge and Kids Marathon. The first race was held in 1936 and this year will take place on November 2.
“Ironman operates several events outside of the popular Ironman and Ironman 70.3 race series in the Asia Pacific region both in triathlon and multisport,” said Geoff Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman Asia Pacific. “We are always looking for opportunities to further develop our brand and have been looking to do more in New Zealand. Adding the Auckland Marathon does just that. This is an iconic sporting event that we believe we can help grow and develop further.”
“We believe this acquisition is a major opportunity for Auckland. Ironman is a powerful international brand and brings significant and immediate global reach to the event. It is a fantastic opportunity for both the event and further recognition of Auckland as a prominent host to world class events.” said Stephen Brown, Managing Director of the Auckland Marathon.
The half-marathon distance is already sold out but all other distances are open for entries, including the quarter marathon which will cross the Auckland Harbour Bridge for the first time this year.
For more info: https://www.aucklandmarathon.co.nz/