One day after bringing another Ironman to Canada at Mont-Tremblant, today the World Triathlon Corporation announced that it will stage the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship in New York City.
The race will take place on Saturday August 11, 2012.
The course will include a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River; a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland Counties; and a 26.2-mile run beginning in New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan.
“Bringing the Ironman experience to the New York City metropolitan area will allow athletes to compete with the world’s most iconic skyline as their backdrop,” said Ben Fertic, Chief Executive Officer and President, World Triathlon Corporation. “With the collaboration of NY/NJ officials and New York City Triathlon organizers, we have created an urban course that will provide an unmatched experience for athletes and spectators.”
“Some of the world’s best athletes compete in the Ironman Championship, and come 2012, they’ll do it on the world stage,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “The event will showcase New York City to participants and spectators from around the globe and help the City continue to attract visitors in record numbers. Together with our partners in New Jersey, we’ll be ready to host a first-class competition.”
It will offer 75 age group qualifying slots to Kona, more than any other North American race, and $100 000 in prize money for the professionals.
Online Registration opens on Wednesday, June 15 at noon EST at www.ironmanuschampionship.com.
At the publication of this article, the registration fees were not set, but one can expect that they will be set higher than the other Ironman races given that it is the Big Apple.