Sandusky to Host IRONMAN This Year | Sports Destination Management

Sandusky to Host IRONMAN This Year

Jan 17, 2022

IRONMAN has announced that Sandusky, Ohio, has become the new host venue for the IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio triathlon in 2022. The 2022 edition of the event is scheduled to take place on July 24, 2022.

“We are excited to bring IRONMAN 70.3 racing to Sandusky and provide athletes with the exceptional experience of racing on Ohio’s stunning shoreline,” said Keats McGonigal, Vice President, North America Operations for The IRONMAN Group.

“Sandusky offers not only a unique shoreline race destination that is sure to excite athletes, but a convenient and easy access vacation experience for athletes and families alike. We look forward to working with our new partners in Sandusky for years to come.”

Located in northern Ohio along Lake Erie’s scenic shoreline, Sandusky was named the Best Coastal Small Town in America by the USA Today in 2019. One of Ohio’s growing destination spots, the city is located roughly midway between Toledo, 45 miles to the west, and Cleveland 50 miles to the East.

Sandusky is known as Ohio’s Water Park Capital due to the popularity of year-round indoor water park resorts, including the world class amusement park, Cedar Point.

In season, ferries and island-hopping cruises depart from downtown daily, including an international ferry terminal offering daily trips to Canada’s Pelee island. Downtown Sandusky offers various dining options, shops, art galleries, attractions, and the Sandusky State Theatre.

“Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands welcomes IRONMAN to Sandusky,” said Christopher Lewis, Sports Tourism Manager, Lake Erie Shores & Islands. “Our organization is honored to support this event alongside the City of Sandusky and all the athletes who train for this incredible race.

“Having an IRONMAN 70.3 event in America’s Sports & Family Fun Capital for the next three years, we are confident that the Shores & Islands region will deliver an unparalleled race experience while also serving as the perfect destination for both the athletes and their families.”

Jason Werling, Recreation Superintendent, City of Sandusky said “Sandusky Bay and the City of Sandusky’s new Jackson Street Pier and Shoreline Drive will be the perfect waterfront venue for IRONMAN 70.3 Ohio in 2022 and beyond.

“Our city is ready to roll out the red carpet and welcome the participants and their friends and families. IRONMAN is the quintessential triathlon racing series, and we are thrilled to be working in tandem with Ohio’s Lake Erie Shores & Islands to bring the event to Sandusky and the region.”

Athletes will enjoy a 1.2-mile swim in Sandusky Bay, a rolling 56-mile bike through scenic Erie county and a 13.1-mile run along the shoreline of Lake Erie capping off with a finish in downtown Sandusky.

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