Over 1,500 competitors from more than 60
countries are expected to compete in the Foremost Ironman 70.3
Thailand on 26 November.
Ironman was founded in 1978 and today
stages over 150 Ironman events in more than 50 countries each year
including the annual Ironman World Championship (3.8km swim /
180km bike / 42km run) and Ironman 70.3 World Championship (1.9km
swim / 90km bike / 21km run).
With more than 1,000,000 people having
completed an Ironman / Ironman 70.3 since 1978, Thailand joins the
largest global triathlon series for a second year with the
Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand which will take place at Angsana
Laguna Phuket on Bang Tao Beach.
“Phuket is one of Asia's top island destinations
and an iconic triathlon venue with a pedigree stretching back more
than 20 years. We are very excited to again be working with Phuket
to host the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand 2017, a race that has
already earned a reputation as being one of the toughest and most
beautiful courses on the Ironman 70.3 calendar,” said Mr. Wilfred
Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights
holder for Ironman in South East Asia.
Former regional champions and in-form
international Pros will compete for a US$15,000 (approx.
500,000THB) prize purse while the thirty age-group qualifying
slots available for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in
South Africa will draw many of Asia's top age-groupers.
Early sign-ups include Thailand's top male
triathlete and first to compete at the Ironman World Championship
in Kona (2011), Jaray Jearani, and Nampetch Porntharukcharoen, the
most Ironman-decorated Thai female triathlete and first Thai
female to compete in Kona (2014).
“Entries are already strong and the
international Pros are confirming their attendance. While
competing in an Ironman 70.3 is no easy feat, we are seeing more
Thai age-groupers registering this year and we're very excited to
help grow the sport in Thailand,” said Mr. Uytengsu.
The Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand starts with a
one-loop 1.9km swim in the pristine waters off Bang Tao Beach,
followed by a 90km bike traversing the island's northern hills and
coastline, and finishes with an energy-sapping 21km two-loop run
through the Cherng Talay area. Well known for its beauty, the
course is also challenging and will push Individual and Team Relay
participants to their limits.
Opening up the world of triathlon to more
people, organisers have added a new event distance this year, the
Sunrise Sprint, which comprises 750m swim / 20km bike / 5km run,
also at Angsana Laguna Phuket.
“For a triathlete, Ironman is the peak of the
sport. Completing an Ironman event is something all triathletes
want to do and once you have, it is something you will be proud of
for the rest of your life. We aim to make Foremost Ironman 70.3
Thailand a bucket list event for triathletes all over the world
and with the edition of the new Sunrise Sprint this year we aim to
make the sport more accessible for people of all abilities,” Mr.
register for the Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand now. Prices
are US$351 for Individual and US$426.60 for Team Relay.
Mr. Sanit Srivihok, Vice Governor of Phuket
Province, said, “Phuket is well known for being a leading sports
tourism destination and hosting this world-class event, the
Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand, underscores the island's sports
tourism credentials. We are looking forward to a very successful
event and also to welcoming Thai and international participants
from around the world.”
Also taking place for the second year is the
Foremost Ironkids Thailand at Thanyapura Health & Sports Resort on
Saturday, 25 November. Welcoming up to 300 kids from 6-14 years
old, this will be the second Ironkids event in Thailand this year.
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