Those of us who have been in the sport long enough remember the one-and-done Ironman New York race held in 2012. The challenges Ironman went through to make that race happen meant that the company hasn’t tried to put on an event in the city ever since. There are about 20 million people who live in the Greater New York area, though, which is why an event in the area is an attractive addition to the Ironman calendar. Today the company announced a new event that has “New York” front and centre in its name, and while the race won’t take place in downtown New York City, it’s not far.
The new race, set for Sept. 23, 2023, is at Jones Beach, along the southern shore of Long Island. (Jones Beach is one of the most popular beaches along the east coast.) The new Ironman 70.3 New York – Jones Beach race will take in “some of Long Island’s most beautiful areas such as the Jones Beach Theater, the iconic Jones Beach Boardwalk, and Nassau County’s Wantagh State Parkway,” according to a release from Ironman today.
“Ironman 70.3 New York – Jones Beach will treat athletes to a 1.2-mile swim in Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach State Park, a scenic 56-mile bike ride along the Wantagh State Parkway, culminating with a 13.1-mile run along the world-famous Jones Beach Boardwalk that stretches down the coast with a unique finish line experience on the beach itself,” the release continued.
Jones Beach is about 40 miles from New York City, and is easily reached thanks to the area’s three international airports and the Long Island Rail Road. According to Ironman, the event site will be just a 40-minute drive from New York City and a 30-minute train ride from Penn Station.
You can get more information about the event here.