Ironman announced today the acquisition of multiple events from Vineman, Inc., including the full-distance Vineman Triathlon and the Ironman 70.3 Vineman triathlon. The full-distance race will be rebranded as Ironman Vineman, while Ironman 70.3 Vineman will continue to operate under the same name. Ironman 70.3 Vineman will take place on Saturday, July 10, 2016, with Ironman Vineman following on Saturday, July 30, 2016.
“Vineman has been an iconic race for more than 25 years and we feel privileged to have the Vineman team and events join the Ironman family,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman in the press release about the news. “The acquisition of these races furthers our commitment to Northern California and we look forward to continuing the growth and history of these great events.”
The Ironman Vineman triathlon will feature a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2-mile run through beautiful Sonoma County’s wine country. The Ironman Vineman course is a tour of Sonoma County vineyards & wineries, which passes through five distinct regions. The swim takes place at Johnson’s Beach in the Russian River. The bike course is a mix of terrain, and travels through the Russian River, Dry Creek, Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill grape growing regions. With slightly less than 4,000 feet of climbing for the entire bike course, athletes find the course to be challenging but not overwhelming. The out-and-back, run course takes the athletes to the finish area through scenic country roads of Sonoma County. Ironman Vineman will offer 40 age-group slots to the 2016 Ironman World Championship taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i on Oct. 8. Professional athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $50,000.
General registration for Ironman Vineman will open on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. More information about Ironman Vineman can be found at Ironman.com/vineman.
Ironman 70.3 Vineman
The Ironman 70.3 Vineman triathlon will feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, and will be a qualifying event for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tenn. The point-to-point event begins at Johnson’s Beach in Guerneville and takes athletes past hundreds of vineyards and dozens of wineries before it finishes at Windsor High School in Windsor. The course is a tour of Sonoma County’s beautiful wine country, passing through four different grape growing regions: the Russian River Region, the Dry Creek Valley, the Alexander Valley and Chalk Hill. Professional athletes will compete for a total prize purse of $50,000.
General registration for Ironman 70.3 Vineman will open on Monday, Nov. 9 at Ironman.com/vineman70.3.
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