The Asia-Pacific region will have a new IRONMAN series race starting in 2015 with the latest announcement. The inaugural IRONMAN Taiwan will be hosted throughout the stunning Kenting region in Taiwan on April 12, 2015. This would be the third IRONMAN qualifying race in the region in 2015.
Located to the south, 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 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.
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 an 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 toughness of this island.”
Athletes will begin with a 3.8km ocean swim in the famous waters of Kenting Beach. It will be a two-lap anti-clockwise swim with the mass start from the sandy shore. The swim course is in crystal clear water and the water temperature in April is approximately 24 degrees Celsius.
Athletes will then experience a mix of hills and flat stretches on the 3-lap, 180km bike course which will take them along the southern tip of Taiwan.
The run course will showcase the best Kenting has to offer as athletes will run along the coastline of Hengchun Peninsula in the first 3 laps and pass the local night markets in the last lap . The run course is almost flat.
Ironman Taiwan will be an official qualifier for the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship World Championship. There are 25 qualifying slots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kaliua-Kona, Hawaii.
General registration will open on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at www.ironman.com/triathlon/events/asiapac/ironman/taiwan.aspx
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