Ironman 70.3 Timberman returns this August
New event in New Hampshire scheduled for Aug. 22Photo by: Ironman
After canceling Ironman 70.3 Timberman in 2017, Ironman is bringing the race back to New Hampshire, although the new race will take place in Laconia. The previous race was held at Ellacoya State Park in Gilford.
The new event is scheduled for Aug. 22, 2021 – registration will open on May 17. In non-pandemic times the race will no-doubt be a popular one for Canadians – Laconia is less than three hours drive from Montreal and just over six hours drive from St. John, N.B.
When Ironman announced the cancellation of the popular race in 2016 it cited “local scheduling conflicts and increased concerns regarding operational execution.” At the time Ironman announced a new event in Maine, a race that had previously been part of the Rev3 series, for the same weekend.
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“Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam, the city of Laconia, New Hampshire sits only minutes from its original Ironman 70.3 Timberman location in Gilford,” Ironman notes in a press release distributed today. “Participants can expect a 1.2-mile freshwater swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Opechee. Water temperature in August ranges from 68 to 75°F (20 to 24 C). Following the swim, athletes will embark on a scenic, out and back bike course through rolling hills and several challenging climbs. The course will utilize three miles of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which is known for hosting NASCAR events. Athletes will then cap off their journey with a two-loop, half marathon skirting the edge of Lake Opechee, offering breathtaking views of the neighboring mountains, and rolling hills to engage participants before crossing the finish line near the downtown center of Laconia. This beginner-friendly race will prove to be the perfect place for athletes and families to plan a great New Hampshire getaway.”
This year’s race will feature qualifying slots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand in 2022. It will also host a women’s-only pro race – the men will have the opportunity to race the following week at Ironman 70.3 Maine.
More information on the race is available here.