Ironman has announced that Taupo, New Zealand will finally get to host the Ironman 70.3 World Championship that was scheduled for December, 2020 … in 2024.
It has been a whirlwind ride for the event organizers in Taupo. After the 2020 race was cancelled, they were then awarded the 2022 event, only to have that changed after Ironman was forced to make changes to this year’s 70.3 world championship with so many athletes from foreign countries unable to attend the race in St. George. St. George was given another chance to host the worlds in 2022, with the promise that Ironman was “committed to discussing how to bring the Ironman 70.3 World Championship event to Taupō in a future year.”
With Lahti, Finland on deck to host the 2023 race, Taupo will finally have the chance to host the world championship in 2024.
|IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Schedule|
|2022||St. George, Utah, USA||Oct. 28-29, 2022|
|2023||Lahti, Finland||Aug. 26-27, 2023|
|2024||Taupō, New Zealand||Dec. 14-15, 2024|
The Ironman 70.3 World Championship first took place in 2006 in Clearwater, Florida, which served as the site of the event until 2011, when it moved to Henderson, Nevada, just outside of Las Vegas. Since 2014 the 70.3 worlds have enjoyed a global rotation – that year Mont-Tremblant, Que. served as the first Ironman world championship event outside the United States. Since then the races have taken place in Zell Am See, Austria (2015), Sunshine Coast, Australia (2016), Chattanooga, Tennessee (2017), Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa (2018), Nice. France (2019) and St. George, Utah (2021).