Three events offer expanded shot at Ironman 70.3 Worlds

first_imgIronman has announced that three events in its global Ironman 70.3 series will offer expanded qualification opportunities for the 2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3. The three events – Ironman 70.3 Boise, Ironman 70.3 Kansas and Ironman 70.3 Syracuse – now each feature 100 age group qualifying slots for the world championship race scheduled for 9 September 2012, at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nevada.“We’ve listened to feedback and recognize that as the popularity of triathlon continues to grow, so does the level of difficulty in earning a slot for world-class events such as the Ironman World Championship 70.3,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC).“While it’s important to maintain the integrity of world championship qualification, choosing select Ironman 70.3 events at which we offer a larger pool of qualifying slots will ensure that more athletes who deserve to race get the chance to do so in Vegas.”The three Ironman 70.3 races were chosen for specific qualification reasons. Ironman 70.3 Boise (scheduled for 9 June), Ironman 70.3 Kansas (scheduled for 10 June) and Ironman 70.3 Syracuse (24 June), allow athletes the opportunity to qualify relatively early in the season for the 2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3.Additionally, the three races span the West, Midwest and East regions of the US, making them geographically appealing for a larger number of athletes.Messick noted, “For many of our North American Ironman 70.3 races, you need to either win your age group or place second to be certain of a world championship slot. We believe that there ought to be certain races where world championship slots go deeper, at least in the bigger age groups.”Since its inception in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 Series has become ‘the fastest growing triathlon series in the world’, featuring nearly 60 events across the globe. Each year, more than 114,000 athletes compete for 1,800 coveted slots to the Ironman World Championship 70.3.General registration is open for all three of the above events online, but with the announcement of the expanded number of qualifying slots, the races are expected to reach capacity Relatedlast_img