4,500 Top athletes troop to Chatanooga for Ironman 70.3 World Championship
by Ironman Media
The largest IRONMAN 70.3 ever to take place, next weekend’s IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will have 90 countries, regions, and territories represented in the age-group ranks.
Approximately 4,500 of the world’s top athletes will head to the “Scenic City” on September 9 and 10 to compete in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. The event returns to U.S. soil for the first time in four years, and also marks the first time that the event will take place over two days. IRONMAN has produced this world-class event since 2006, with global rotation beginning in 2014.
This is a historic year for this event with the largest athlete field ever for any IRONMAN 70.3 event, while also creating a first with a two-day IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship allowing for focus of the female race on Saturday and male race on Sunday.
With athletes hailing from 90 countries, regions and territories, North America leads the way with 52 percent of the athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Following North America, Europe accounts for 25 percent, while Asia-Pacific accounts for 12 percent of the field.
The United States of America is the most represented nation with 1,843 registered competitors, followed by Canada (264), Australia (232) and the United Kingdom (213). Other athletes from countries as far as Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Serbia are traveling around the globe for their shot at the title.
This year, returning age group champions from the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship on the women’s side include Janine Willis (CAN), Katrine Amtkjaer Nielsen (DNK), Lesley Tuggle (USA) and Raeleigh Harris (AUS). On the men’s side, returning age group champions include Brian Boyle (NZL), Harry Barnes (CAN), Rodolphe Von Berg (BEL) and Ryan Giuliano (USA).
With breathtaking scenery, Chattanooga is a supreme location for a fall sporting event. The 2017 field of athletes will tackle a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) ocean swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 56-mile (90 km) bicycle ride through Lookout Mountain and into downtown Chattanooga, capped with a 13.1-mile (21 km) run through Downtown Chattanooga along the Tennessee Riverwalk and Riverfront Parkway, finishing at Ross’s landing – all of which must be completed before an eight-and-a-half-hour cutoff time.
In order to qualify for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, more than 185,000 age-group athletes competed to earn slots at over 100 IRONMAN 70.3 events held worldwide.
Additional historical facts and stats on the field competing in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee:
- Chattanooga is the sixth city in history to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship following Clearwater, Florida (USA) (2006-2009), Henderson, Nevada (USA) (2010-2013), Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) (2014), Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand (AUT) (2015), and Mooloolaba, Queensland (AUS) (2016)
- 62 percent of registered participants (2,801 athletes) are male
- 38 percent of registered participants (1,713 athletes) are female
- 43 is the average age of male registrants, and 41 is the average age of female registrants
- Bob Scott (USA) is the oldest participant at 86, while Enrico Piseuna (PHL) and Aaria Alejandra Aguilar (CRI) are the youngest at 18
- 10 athletes will be celebrating their birthdays on race day
- 48 of the 50 U.S. states are accounted for, with the greatest number hailing from California (279), Florida (151), Texas (150), New York (116) and Colorado (103)
- More than 185,000 registered athletes compete in IRONMAN 70.3 races each year
- Since the series began in 2006, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has been controlled by Australia (five champions), Germany (five champions) and Great Britain (three champions). The United States and Switzerland have had two winners, while Canada, New Zealand and Spain each have one winner
- Over 2,000 volunteers will help make the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship a success
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