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Following the introduction of the TriClub program in other parts of the world, Ironman announced today the expansion of the Regional TriClub Championship Series with the addition of the Ironman 70.3 Asia TriClub Championship event. The inaugural Ironman Asia TriClub Championship will be hosted at the 2016 Ironman 70.3 Hefei triathlon. Ironman also revealed that three-time Ironman world champion Craig Alexander will serve as a Pro Ambassador by competing in both Ironman 70.3 Hefe and Ironman 70.3 Xiamen in China, set to take place on Oct. 16 and Nov. 13, 2016, respectively.
“China is the next big frontier in our sport,” Alexander said in the press release. “I am really excited to be heading up there in October and November to attend the two new Ironman 70.3 races. It will be great to help spread the word about what an amazing sport triathlon is and the lifestyle that accompanies it.”
In Xiamen, he will compete in the professional field for a piece of the $25,000 USD prize purse. In Hefei, Alexander will race as part of a relay team for the international TriClub with the most competing members. In addition, he will also participate in a pre-race training run for the Chinese TriClub that brings the most athletes.
For the Ironman Asia TriClub Championship, top-ranked clubs from Asia will be invited to participate in the capital city of Hefei based on their 2015 ranking. Each division champion will be determined by each club’s top five race performances at Hefei. For the 2017 Ironman Asia TriClub Championship, TriClubs will qualify by finishing in the top 3 of their division at one of the designated seven qualifying events throughout Asia in 2016 and 2017. The 2017 Ironman Asia TriClub Championship Series qualification event schedule will include:
Ironman 70.3 Hefei – Oct. 16, 2016
Ironman Malaysia – Nov.12, 2016
Ironman 70.3 Xiamen – Nov. 13, 2016
Century Tuna Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay – March 2017
Ironman 70.3 Taiwan – March 2017
Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya – April 2017
Ironman 70.3 Bintan – August 2017
Learn more about the Regional TriClub Championships and the two new China 70.3 races at Ironman.com.