IRONMAN has announced that Des Moines, Iowa, will become the newest host of a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon.
Following the IRONMAN 70.3 event in 2021, the new full-distance IRONMAN will take the place of the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon and be designated as the 2022 IRONMAN North American Championship.
With this selection, Des Moines enters an elite group of cities to host regional championships and welcome some of the best athletes in the world. The Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN North American Championship Des Moines is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 12, 2022 with general registration for the new event opening on Monday, November 1.
“We’ve developed a fantastic partnership here in Des Moines since we first announced an event in 2019 and could not be more proud to announce this new full-distance IRONMAN race here in Iowa’s capital city,” said Keats McGonigal, Vice President of Operations, North America for The IRONMAN Group.
“There isn’t a better venue to host this race than Des Moines, and we know that having this city as the host for the 2022 IRONMAN North American Championship will showcase this region of the country. We look forward to building the foundation for a long-lasting legacy of IRONMAN events in Des Moines.”
A release from IRONMAN adds that… ‘Iowa’s capital city and its surrounding communities boast big amenities in a safe and accessible location. Greater Des Moines provides all the adventure and reward of a high-profile city without the inflated cost.
Cultural events and festivals coupled with bike trails, parks, and lakes give residents and visitors of all ages plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Getting to the metro is easy from virtually any location worldwide as several airlines service the Des Moines International Airport. Additionally, a quarter of the US population is within a one-day drive.
“Hosting the IRONMAN 70.3 earlier this year was our warm-up, and now we’re ready for the encore,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “Des Moines put in the work and everything from the course to the community-wide support impressed.
“Now we’re prepared to put in twice the work and have twice as much fun hosting the prestigious full-distance IRONMAN North American Championship!”
Similar to the IRONMAN 70.3 event, the new Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN Des Moines will take athletes on a tour of the city and scenic surrounding areas of Polk County and Dallas County.
‘Competitors can expect a smooth and scenic swim, bike and run through Des Moines most picturesque streets and memorable landmarks with a lively finish line in beautiful Downtown Des Moines.’
The Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN North American Championship will offer qualifying slots to the 2023 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.