IRONMAN Announces Continued International Expansion
9 Sep, 2019
IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, announced the addition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Xi’an triathlon. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 15, 2019, making it the fourth IRONMAN 70.3 event in China for 2019. Registration for the event is now open.
“We are ecstatic about adding another IRONMAN 70.3 race in China, especially in a city that carries a rich history and hosts millions of visitors each year,” said Jeff Edwards, General Manager of Operations for IRONMAN China. “Xi’an provides ease of access for all travelers, and a variety of cultural experiences to sample, as well as what will be a fantastic race course for athletes and spectators.”
The city of Xi’an gained world notoriety with the 1974 discovery of the Terracotta Army, but it was previously well-known as the historical center of China. The provincial capital of the Shaanxi Province, Xi’an features six UNESCO historic sites that highlight the city’s importance, having served as the political, economic, and cultural hub of ancient China. Today, it serves as one of the top tourist destinations in China.
Most of the race activities will take place at the Xi’an World Expo Park located in the Chanba Ecological District, just northeast of the central city and close to Xianyang International Airport. The single-loop 1.9K swim will take place between two dams on the Weihe River. The generally flat two-loop bike course features a mix of divided highways and parkland roads. The three-loop run course and finish will be located within the expo park.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an triathlon will offer a total $25,000 USD professional prize purse as well as 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Xi’an, which is owned and operated by Wanda Sports China, is now open at www.ironman.com/xian70.3. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
About The IRONMAN Group: As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, The IRONMAN Group 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 Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and The Sun Herald City2Surf, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, 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 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About Wanda Sports Group: Wanda Sports Group (WSG) is the leading, integrated global sports events and marketing platform with a track record of successful, long-term relationships across the sports value chain. The company’s mission is to unite people in sports and enable athletes and fans to live their passions and dreams by creating access to and delivering iconic sports events and premium sports content. With 60+ offices across Europe, Africa, North America, Oceania and Asia, we seek to be the platform of choice around the world, with a singular focus on providing the best experience and content for fans and athletes.