Ironman 70.3 Racine, formerly the Spirit of Racine Triathlon, will take place on July 18, 2010 in Wisconsin. The event will become part of the Ironman 70.3 Series that includes 40 races worldwide and will serve as an official qualifier for next year’s Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place on Nov. 13, 2010, in Clearwater, Fla.
Registration for Ironman 70.3 Racine will open this Sunday, Nov. 1, at Noon EST and will be available through the event’s official Web site, www.ironmanracine.com.
“Ironman is excited to be developing another world-class triathlon in Wisconsin in 2010,” said Ironman 70.3 Racine Race Director, Ryan Richards. “Expanding on the community relationship formed during the Spirit of Racine Triathlon and working with the great people in the Racine area to ensure a safe and successful race will be a top priority. Racine County residents and businesses have been very welcoming to events, and we look forward to the same hospitality when Ironman 70.3 Racine comes to town.”
Athletes will experience a 1.2-mile swim along North Beach in pristine Lake Michigan. With water temperatures under 78 degrees Fahrenheit, wetsuits will be permitted. Athletes will continue with a 56-mile bike course through the rolling countryside of Racine County and a flat 13.1-mile run through the Racine Zoo and surrounding Lake Michigan coastline.
Professional athletes will compete for a $30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top professional and age group finishers.