Ironman keeps on growing. Today Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe was launched, making it the 25th event in the series. The half will take place on the same day as the full distance race on Sunday September 21, 2014.
The double race event is a pilot project that is sure to see athletes who wish to eventually conquer the full, get their bearings over the shorter distance while learning the nuances of the race course. “Lake Tahoe is the perfect venue for this program as it allows athletes with different fitness levels and goals to experience everything Lake Tahoe and the surrounding region has to offer,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for Ironman.
The race will start with a single loop 1.2-mile swim in North Lake Tahoe at King’s Beach. A lakeside transition leads into the one-loop 56-mile bike course through Tahoe City ending in Squaw Valley, home to the 1960 Winter Olympics. The run follows the Truckee River bike path and is relatively flat.
“We are pleased to expand our relationship with Ironman with the inclusion of Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe,” said Andy Chapman, Chief Marketing Officer for the North Lake Tahoe Chamber/CVB/Resort Association. “The opportunity to showcase our region as a world-class endurance venue to athletes from around the globe fits perfectly with our human powered sports initiative. Last year’s inaugural Ironman Lake Tahoe was an epic experience and we look forward to welcoming both Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe athletes this fall.” said Chapman.
Lake Tahoe will offer 30 age group slots to the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship taking place on August 30, 2015 in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. General registration opens on Monday, April 28 at noon EST and will be available at Ironman.com/laketahoe70.3