Ironman has announced Memphis, Tennessee as the host venue for a brand-new 70.3 event beginning in 2020. This will be the third Ironman event in the state in addition to Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga.
Situated in the southwest corner of Tennessee, Memphis lies right on the Mississipi River and is known for its Southern charm, both in music and food. With the race centred at Shelby Farms Park, one of America’s largest urban parks, there are plenty of attractions for both the athletes and their families to explore throughout their time there. This includes paddle boarding, horseback riding, and playing at the Woodland Discovery Playground.
The course is expected to be fast and scenic, with rolling hills on the bike and run course. The swim will take place in the man-made Hyde Lake in Shelby Farms Park, the bike course ventures out into Shelby and Fayette Counties, and then the run returns to the park, going through its paved and packed gravel trails.
It will be the third Ironman-branded event in the state of Tennessee and the first outside of Chattanooga, which hosts a 70.3 in May and a full-distance event in September.
The first edition of the race will be on Oct.3, 2020, and general registration opens up on Dec.10. The race will have qualifying slots on the line for the 2021 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in St. George, Utah.
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