IRONMAN today announced the addition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Western Australia triathlon which will take place concurrently with the SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia triathlon on December 4, 2016, in Busselton, Western Australia.
Incorporating the iconic Busselton Jetty, IRONMAN Western Australia is renowned worldwide for being the place to go for a personal best. The bike and run courses are among the flattest on the global IRONMAN circuit and the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 event will be no different, with an almost identical course to the IRONMAN race that includes a fantastic start from a pontoon at the end of the jetty.
“SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia is an iconic event, with one of the most popular swims on the IRONMAN circuit. We are delighted to add an IRONMAN 70.3 race to the weekend’s events, which allows us to give more of our athletes the chance to experience this stunning course,” said Dave Beeche, Managing Director of IRONMAN Oceania. “The Busselton Jetty is such an integral part of SunSmart IRONMAN Western Australia and having it provide such a world class start line for the IRONMAN 70.3 event will make this race a fast favourite amongst our athletes as well,” Mr. Beeche said.
With the addition of the IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia triathlon, the picturesque town of Busselton will now host three IRONMAN events.
“The Busselton Festival of Triathlon, which incorporates IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton, remains as one of our most popular events, and we continue to work closely with Triathlon Western Australia to ensure the success of that great race as well,” Mr. Beeche added.
“Triathlon WA is again proud to stage IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton as part of the 2017 Busselton Festival of Triathlon across the weekend of May 6-7 2017,” Peter Minchin, Executive Director Triathlon WA said. “The 2017 edition will the 16th staging of this event in Busselton by Triathlon WA. The addition of an IRONMAN 70.3 distance event to IRONMAN Western Australia further positions Busselton as the home of long course racing in WA and provides another opportunity for athletes and their supporters to experience everything great that Busselton and the SouthWest has to offer”.
IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia will be an age-group athlete race offering 30 qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Western Australia will open at 11am AEST, Thursday July 14. For further details visit www.ironman.com/westernaustralia70.3
Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton will open at 8am, Tuesday October 18. For further details visit www.busseltonfestivaloftriathlon.com.au