Ironman today announced that Nice, France has been chosen as the host city for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship triathlon. The event will take place on Saturday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, and will be the first time Ironman holds a world championship event in France. It will be a two-day event format for the third time (2017 marks the first time), with the professional women and age-group women racing on one day and the professional men and age-group men racing on the other.
The Ironman 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation in 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada. The 2015 race was held in Europe for the first time, in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. Last September, the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship shifted to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time in Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine Coast. In 2017, the championship event moves to Chattanooga, Tenn. where it will hold that two-day format for the first time. Next year, the event will take place in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
“The successful growth of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship since its global rotation began in 2014 can be attributed in large part to Diana Bertsch, the world championship team she established, the host cities and the collective determination to create an event that captures the hearts and minds of our athletes,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for Ironman in the announcement. “With the origins of the popular Nice triathlon which set the stage in the region, this is the next evolution of this extraordinary event and brings Europe back to the forefront, with a history of culture, sport and scenery that is the perfect mix for Ironman 70.3 World Championship athletes.”
Nice, located in the Côte d’Azur area on the southeast coast of France, is the capital of the stunning French Riviera and is the fifth-largest city in France. Host to Ironman France since 2005, Nice incorporates a swim in the pristine waters of the Mediterranean Sea and a run course along Nice’s historic Promenade des Anglais waterfront. With one of the largest international airports in France located just minutes away from the city, Nice is easily accessible and welcomes over five million visitors every year. Beyond the beauty of the area, Nice also offers a rich culture built by some of the greatest painters, writers and musicians the world has known.