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Tue, 12 Sept 2017

1,500 Competitors from 60+ Countries to Compete in Foremost Ironman 70.3 Thailand

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.

Triathlete taking part in the Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2013. Click to enlarge.

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.

From left: Ms. Nampetch Porntharukcharoen (Triathlete); Mr. Kongpan Pramoj Na Ayudhaya (Triathlete); Mr. Vissanu Laichapis, Director, Doping Control Agency of Thailand; Mr. Sanit Srivihok, Vice Governor of Phuket Province; Mr. Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President of Sunrise Events Inc. and rights holder for IRONMAN in South East Asia; Ms. Pimjan Vimuktanonda , Marketing Director of FrieslandCampina Thailand; Ms. Dimity-Lee Duke; Mr. Jaray Jearanai.. Click to enlarge.

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. Uytengsu said.

Athletes can 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.

See more: Pictures of Laguna Phuket Triathlon 2013 (13 Pages).

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