The newest race to join the Ironman 70.3 circuit will take place in August 2015. The 2 km swim will take place in the Irish Sea. The 90 km bike course will ride through the Dublin countryside and the 21.1 km run will go through the heart of the city with a finish in Merrion Square, one of Dublin’s most iconic locations. Dublin is renowned for its culture, entertainment, coastal setting and Irish hospitality, all of which provide the perfect offering for both athletes and their supporters.
“We are extremely proud and excited to be expanding the Ironman European Tour to Ireland. Full details of the race will be available later in the summer but given the popularity of Ironman events, we wanted to announce the race early, so athletes can include Dublin into their 2015 season. Dublin has a heritage of hosting major sporting events and offers a perfect platform for Ironman. We look forward to a long and successful partnership as we grow Ironman in Ireland – with the possibility of adding a full distance Ironman triathlon in 2016,” said Thomas Dieckhoff, CEO of Ironman Europe, Middle East and Africa.
International participation at Ironman events in Europe has been on the rise. Ironman events in Mallorca, Spain, Klagenfurt, Austria, Frankfurt, Germany and Copenhagen, Denmark have attracted a large number of athletes from within and outside of Europe. “Dublin is a city full of history and a premier tourism destination that we believe will be very popular with Ironman athletes from around the world,” said Kevin Stewart, Managing Director Ironman UK and Ireland.
One of more than 70 events in the global Ironman 70.3 Series, the Ironman 70.3 Dublin triathlon will have a $15,000 USD professional prize purse and will be a P-500 race. Additionally, the race will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
Full details of the race coming soon at www.ironman.com/dublin70.3.