The IRONMAN Group, in partnership with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, has announced that the city of Springfield, Massachusetts, will be the host city for the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts.
The debut of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 11, 2023 – with general registration for the event opening on Wednesday, October 19, 2022.
“We could not be more excited to bring the IRONMAN 70.3 brand to the state of Massachusetts for the first time,” said Dave Christen, Senior Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group.
“Western Mass is a beautiful part of the country that we feel our athletes will really enjoy. This event is shaping up to be a fantastic early summer event to kick off the regional racing calendar.”
IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts will consist of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run. Athletes will start with a downriver swim in the Connecticut River.
Once out of the water, athletes will transition to the bike at Riverfront Park in downtown Springfield for the 56-mile ride around the region. Once back to Riverfront Park the race will conclude with a run using the riverwalks and downtown streets of Springfield.
Springfield is a city situated in western Massachusetts approximately 90-minutes west of the capital city of Boston and 20-minutes north of Hartford, Connecticut.
“We are thrilled to welcome IRONMAN 70.3 athletes to Western Mass,” said Mary Kay Wydra, President of the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“The Western Mass Sports Commission has been focused on bringing high-profile, world-class sports events to our region and this event is definitely a perfect fit. We know IRONMAN brings in thousands of competitors and their families from all over the world and we look forward to welcoming these visitors to Western Mass in June 2023.”
The 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Western Massachusetts triathlon will offer qualifying slots to the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Lahti, Finland taking place on August 26 and 27, 2023.