Last week we reported on the number of Ironman events that had sold out in Europe – today we’ve learned that the company will host two new events in Poland – Ironman Gdynia and Ironman 70.3 Warsaw.
The Gdynia event will be held on the same day as Ironman 70.3 Gdynia, which burst into prominence five years ago when the inaugural event managed to attract some big names and featured a flyover by an Ironman-branded airliner just seconds before the start of the race.
That tradition has continued over the years – Daniela Ryf won the race in 2018 in dramatic style over Mirinda Carfrae, while Jan Frodeno used the race as a tune-up for his record-setting performance in Kona last year.
Next year the race held in the hopping sea-port city on the Baltic Sea will host a full-distance race to go along with the 70.3 race on August 8.
Ironman 70.3 Warsaw
Poland’s capital will host a new event on June 6, 2021. Ironman 70.3 Warsaw and 5150 Triathlon Series Warsaw will start at Lake Zegrznski in the suburbs of Warsaw. The athletes will then bike to T2 in the city centre, riding past some of the city’s famous landmarks including the Warsaw Citadel, the Old Town, the Royal Castle and the National Stadium.
The run course will also feature a trip past many sightseeing spots including the Grand Theater and the National Opera before hitting the finish line at the Miltimedia Fountain Park.
The new Ironman race in Poland will offer 30 age-group slots for Kona in 2021, while the new event in Warsaw will serve as a qualifier for the 70.3 worlds in St. George, Utah next year.