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Ironman today announced that it has extended its agreement with Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, which has hosted an Ironman since 2003. The agreement, which goes through 2020, will see the Ironman date moved back to August to make way for a new 70.3 race. The first Ironman 70.3 Coeur d’Alene race will take place on Jun 26, 2016 and will be followed by the full distance Ironman Coeur d’Alene on Aug. 21, 2016. Local news outlets reported back in November of 2014 the Coeur d’Alene Chambers of Commerce was considering discontinuing the race due to concerns about costs.
“This extended partnership with Ironman cements Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as the endurance recreation capital of the Inland Northwest,” said Steve Wilson, President of the Coeur d’Alene Chamber of Commerce, in the press release. “In addition to these two Ironman races, Coeur d’Alene plays host to a multitude of other swimming, cycling and running events. Combined with numerous golf courses and the iconic floating green at the Coeur d’Alene Resort, Coeur d’Alene provides recreational opportunities for all types of enthusiasts.”
Ironman athletes begin their day with a two-loop swim in the clear waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene. Ironman says that the change in date for the Ironman will allow the water to warm up through the summer months prior to race day. Athletes will continue on a challenging two-loop bike course that leads participants through rural northern Idaho and boasts long sections with no turns. The marathon run course, known for its small-town resort atmosphere and spectator support, loops along the shores of the lake finishing in downtown Coeur d’Alene. The 70.3 race follows the same course as Ironman Coeur d’Alene, but with athletes completing only one loop of each discipline.