IRONMAN Continues to Expand International Footprint
9 Aug, 2018
IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the addition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Shanghai Chongming triathlon. The race will be the fifth IRONMAN 70.3 event in China. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming triathlon will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2018, and registration opens Friday, May 4.
“China is a growing region for the triathlete community, and Shanghai is a tourist destination that will certainly be an attractive place for athletes from around the world to come race in,” said Jeff Edwards, General Manager of Operations for IRONMAN China. “Chongming Island is going to provide the perfect scenic backdrop for our next IRONMAN 70.3 race.”
Chongming Island in Shanghai is the third largest island in China. As the largest alluvial island at the estuary of a river and the largest sand island in the world, Chongming Island is also acclaimed as the “Door to the Yangtze River, Yingzhou Island (a celestial mountain in fairy tales of ancient China) in the East China Sea”. The main attractions on Chongming Island are the Chongming Academy (one of the only ancient Confucian academies in Shanghai); Dongping National Forest Park (largest man-made forest in Eastern China); Dong Tan Migratory Bird Protection Area; and Jin'ao Mountain (a Buddhist site with East-China-garden-style landscaping).
Taking place in the western portion of Chongming Island, the IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming race will begin with a 1.2-mile (1.9-km) swim in freshwater Mingzhu Lake. The swim will be a single-loop rolling start format with expected water temperature to be mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Athletes will then embark on a generally flat two-loop 56-mile (90-km) bike course that finishes at Mingzhu Lake Park. Finally, athletes will take on a three-loop 13.1-mile (21-km) run course circling the lake in Mingzhu Lake Park that features plenty of shade. The swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions are both lakeside in Mingzhu Lake Park, with the finish line located near the entrance to the park.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming triathlon will offer a total $25,000 USD professional prize purse as well as 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France and a special 25 age-group qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming, which is owned and operated by Wanda Sports China, will open Friday, May 4, 2018 at www.ironman.com/shanghai70.3. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
About IRONMAN: A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.IRONMAN.com.
About Wanda Sports Holdings: Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.