Ironman has been busy adding races to its calendar this week. The newest race will take place in the tropical destination of Kenting, Taiwan. This will be the third Ironman triathlon in Asia. The inaugural Ironman Taiwan triathlon will take place on 12 April 2015. The Ironman Taiwan event enhances the 70. 3 race which has been in Taiwan since 2010.
“Ironman 70.3 Taiwan has been very successful and we are thrilled to expand the Ironman brand in Asia by adding another long distance race to the region,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman. “As we continue to grow globally, we want to find destination locations where there is a strong triathlete base – and Kenting is the perfect addition to our race calendar.”
Renny Ling, the CEO of Taiwan Triathlon Co Ltd, said he was honoured and delighted to bring the Ironman series into Taiwan: “Taiwanese triathletes have yearned for an Ironman race for years. It’s a historic moment for us to launch Ironman Taiwan. We would like to welcome triathlon-lovers from all around the world and will show you the beauty and strength of this island.”
Athletes will begin with a 3.8 km swim at Kenting Beach. They will then ride a combination of hills and flat stretches on the 180 km bike leg before a 42.2K run that will take them along the coastline.
This addition comes fast on the heels of Ironman’s acquisition of Challenge Barcelona and Half Challenge Barcelona which now become Ironman Barcelona and Ironman 70.3 Barcelona on October 5 and May 18, 2014 respectively. There are 30 age group slots available for the 2014 70.3 World Championship race in Mont-Tremblant on offer at Ironman 70.3 Barcelona and 50 slots available for the 2015 Ironman World Championship at Ironman Barcelona.