Women For Tri Announces 20 Races that will Provide a Total of 500 Additional Women The Opportunity to Compete in the 2020 Ironman 70.3 Worlds

An additional 25 qualifying slots to the pinnacle event of the IRONMAN 70.3 Series to be offered for female athletes at 20 races worldwide

TAMPA, Fla. (June 26, 2019) – Women For Tri®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation®, today announced that a total of 500 additional women will earn an invitation to race in the 2020 IRONMAN®70.3® World Championship taking place in Taupо̄, New Zealand on Nov. 28-29, 2020. Slots will be awarded to top finishing female athletes at 20 select races worldwide. The additional slots will be utilized by Women For Tri, launched by IRONMAN in 2015, to welcome and empower new female triathletes to be a part of the sport’s continued growth in high-level competition.

“With the introduction of our two-day world championship format, there is an opportunity for more high-achieving female triathletes to earn a spot to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “As we continue to bring this pinnacle event around the world, the athletes that represent the Women For Tri team will help continue to grow the sport globally.”

Following the standard IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship rolldown ceremony at the 20 select races, 25 additional slots will be awarded to the next most qualified women, proportional by age group, creating a deeper field of female athletes while maintaining the integrity and prestige of an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event. The program launches in Ireland at IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire on Aug.  25, 2019.

Event Date Country
IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire Aug. 25, 2019 Ireland
IRONMAN 70.3 Sunshine Coast Sept. 8, 2019 Australia
IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Placid Sept. 8, 2019 United States
IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth Sept. 22, 2019 United Kingdom
UnitedHealthcare IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina Oct. 19, 2019 United States
Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Coquimbo Oct. 19, 2019 Chile
IRONMAN 70.3 Arizona Oct. 20, 2019 United States
IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming Oct. 20, 2019 China
IRONMAN 70.3 Langkawi Oct. 26, 2019 Malaysia
Bicycle World Texas IRONMAN 70.3 Waco Oct. 27, 2019 United States
IRONMAN 70.3 Western Sydney Nov. 24, 2019 Australia
IRONMAN 70.3 Taupо̄ Dec. 7, 2019 New Zealand
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta Dec. 8, 2019 United States
Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa Jan. 26, 2020 South Africa
IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai TBD United
Arab Emirates
IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico March
15, 2020
Puerto Rico
IRONMAN 70.3 Florida April 19, 2020 United States
IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella April 26, 2020 Spain
IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix May 17, 2020 France
Subaru IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria presented by Jim Pattison Subaru TBD Canada

All net proceeds from the registration revenue of the 500 additional slots will go towards supporting Women For Tri’s TriClub grant program. To date, nearly $300,000 has been awarded by this program to TriClubs around the world to support women’s engagement initiatives, including bringing first-timers into the sport. Since its inception in 2015, Women For Tri has seen an 18% increase in female participation in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, totaling more than 71,000 female athletes globally.

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 series. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race in Taupо̄, New Zealand will be a two-day event with the professional and age-group women racing on Saturday, Nov.  28 and the professional and age-group men racing on Sunday, Nov. 29. The Great Lake Taupõ District is rich in history and is one of the world’s most unique and picturesque areas. Located within a short drive of New Zealand’s main centers, the Great Lake Taupõ district is at the epicenter of the North Island. Situated in the center of the North Island of New Zealand, you will find fascinating volcanic landscape and a cultural heritage dating back to the arrival of Māori in New Zealand in the 14ᵗʰ century. The Great Lake Taupõ District is one of the most pure, beautiful and unspoiled areas in the country and encompasses the lakeside towns of Taupõ, Turangi, Kinloch and Mangakino. As a popular year-round destination, it houses the largest freshwater crater lake in Australasia, geothermal attractions, and the mountains and ski areas of Tongariro National Park, a dual World Heritage National Park. Throughout the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 qualifying season, nearly 5,000 athletes will qualify to race in the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by way of more than 100 IRONMAN 70.3 races around the world.

For questions about Women For Tri programming, please contact womenfortri@ironman.com. For media related inquiries, please contact press@ironman.com.

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