Tasmania will host a new Ironman 70.3 event for the next five years. The inaugural event will be held on Feb. 5, 2023 in Hobart, the island state’s capital.
“Athletes will not only breathe in all the stunning region has to offer, but also take on a spectacular and challenging course in and around the historic city of Hobart,” Ironman announced in a release today. “Tasmania features breathtakingly wild landscapes, untamed and seemingly purpose built for adventure. Tasmania provides the opportunity to reconnect with nature in the morning, critique the latest in modern art in the afternoon and have your choice of world-class dining options in the evening.”
The race will start with a swim in the Derwent River, followed by a challenging 90 km bike course that features “the most vertical gain of any Ironman 70.3 bike course in Oceania,” organizers said. The day ends with a scenic 21.1 km run around Hobart which finishes alongside Princess Wharf.
There will be both a men’s and women’s pro race, and organizers expect more than 1,000 competitors in the race.
“Tasmania is a bucket list destination for people from around the world and we’re thrilled to be in the position to show off the region to triathletes, their friends and families, as they come to race, stay and play,” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of Oceania for the Ironman group. “Ironman 70.3 Tasmania will be a unique event in our portfolio, it will include the first indoor transition in the region at Princes Wharf and is also set to be the southernmost Ironman 70.3 event in the world. A unique destination demands a unique course and that’s what this event will deliver.”