IRONMAN announced today that the tropical destination of Kenting, Taiwan has been selected to host the third IRONMAN® triathlon in Asia. The inaugural IRONMAN® Taiwan triathlon will take place on April 12, 2015.
IRONMAN® Taiwan will be hosted throughout the stunning Kenting region. Kenting has not only become a major triathlon destination in Taiwan but also provides a vacation paradise for families and couples alike. Kenting will welcome athletes for its first IRONMAN race with full support from the government and the local community.
The IRONMAN Taiwan event will complement the IRONMAN® 70.3® Taiwan, which was first established in 2010. With the growing popularity of IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan, local and international triathletes will now enjoy the additional option of an IRONMAN branded race offering participants a new challenge.
“IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan has been very successful and we are thrilled to expand the IRONMAN brand in Asia by adding another long distance race to the region,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “As we continue to grow globally, we want to find destination locations where there is a strong triathlete base – and Kenting is the perfect addition to our race calendar.”
Renny Ling, the CEO of Taiwan Triathlon Co., Ltd, said he was honored and delighted to bring the IRONMAN® series into Taiwan: “Taiwanese triathletes have yearned for an IRONMAN race for years. It’s a historic moment for us to launch IRONMAN Taiwan. We would like to welcome triathlon-lovers from all around the world and will show you the beauty and strength of this island.”
Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile swim in the famous waters of Kenting Beach. They will then experience a mix of hills and flat stretches on the 112-mile bike leg before a 26.2-mile run that will take them along the coastline and through the popular Kenting markets.
One of more than 35 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Taiwan will have a $25,000 USD professional prize purse and will be a P-2000 race. Additionally, the race will offer 25 age group qualifying slots for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship taking place on October 10, 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
General registration will open on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 on www.ironman.com/taiwan.
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
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