Melbourne, Australia Named Newest Host Of Ironman 70.3 Triathlon With Return of Ironman 70.3 Melbourne in 2020

MELBOURNE, Australia / TAMPA, Fla. (27 November, 2019) – The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company (Nasdaq: WSG), announced that the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series is coming to Melbourne, the southern sporting mecca, with the launch of the new IRONMAN® 70.3® Melbourne on 15 November, 2020.

Based in Catani Gardens, St Kilda, only 6km from the city centre, IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will be half-distance triathlon racing at its best, with a big city buzz that will make it unlike any other race on the IRONMAN Oceania circuit.

Melbournians love their sporting events and with outstanding accommodation, easy access and public transport right at its doorstep, the crowds will flock to the beachside venue of St Kilda, bringing with them the energy and passion that is IRONMAN 70.3 racing.

The iconic St Kilda Beach, much loved by residents and visitors, is renowned for its colourful past, expansive views of Port Phillip Bay, safe sandy beach, palm lined boardwalk, iconic buildings, gorgeous sunsets and stunning parks and gardens. Add in world class restaurants, bars and cafés and endless shopping of nearby Fitzroy and Acland St, and IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will offer a host of wonderful experiences once the racing concludes.

The IRONMAN Group, Oceania region Managing Director, Dave Beeche, said the feedback from the triathlon community in Victoria, interstate and overseas has been universal on their love for racing in the heart of Melbourne.

“With the announcement of IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne bringing racing back to the St Kilda foreshore and its surrounding area, I am delighted that we are able to fulfil their wishes and create something unique and exciting. Designing the IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne course has been about providing the full athlete experience. A high priority has been given to retaining the favourite aspects of racing in the Port Phillip Bay, Beach Road and the Catani Gardens precincts, while providing a spectator friendly, fast, flat, scenic course on the St Kilda waterfront, that will be great for newcomers to the sport and seasoned athletes keen to record a fast time.”

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“I am sure athletes, their families and supporters will embrace IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne and it will quickly become a must do event on the annual IRONMAN 70.3 calendar,” he added. “Together with IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong, domestic and international athletes now have more reason than ever to come to Victoria,’ exploring and enjoying the southern state’s wide range of cultural, culinary and sporting attractions.”

Mayor, Bernadene Voss said Port Phillip Council is proud to support the new IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne.

“With a scenic world-class course and a passionate crowd, there’s no better place than St Kilda for this popular event. We are excited that athletes from around the world – and their supporters – can enjoy our City’s beautiful foreshore as well as its many attractions after the event.”

IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will be on a centrally located, spectator friendly and super quick course that starts at the St Kilda Sea Baths, with a 1.9-km one lap swim in Port Phillip Bay. Athletes will then complete a 90-km, two lap, fully closed bike course along iconic Beach Road, finishing at the Catani Gardens in St Kilda after a two lap, 21.1-km run with coastal and magnificent Melbourne skyline views. The new event offers athletes a chance to be among the first to race the new and improved course.

General registration for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne will open at 11 a.m. AEDT on 6 Feb. 2020. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Melbourne triathlon will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in St. George, Utah, USA.

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