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Top performing female age-group athletes in Ironman 70.3 Age Group Rankings will be offered bonus spots to the Chattanooga race.
Ironman announced today that 200 female age-group slots have been added to the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, taking place in Chattanooga, Tenn. These additional slots will be utilized by Women For Tri, an initiative created by Ironman and Life Time Tri to grow female participation in triathlon. All of the net proceeds from the registration revenue for those additional spots will go toward the triathlon club grants and collegiate scholarship funds.
The 200 slots will be allocated to top performing female triathletes based on the athlete’s total 2016 Ironman 70.3 Age Group Ranking (AGR) points. Allocating these slots based on Ironman 70.3 AGR will create a deeper field of female athletes and maintain the integrity and prestige of a world championship event. The AGR system measures an athlete’s performance in Ironman 70.3 races throughout the 2016 calendar year.
“Having a two-day championship event provides us with an exciting opportunity to welcome even more athletes and to provide them the chance to experience a world championship event,” said Christopher Stadler, Chief Marketing Officer in the press release. “Supporting the Women For Tri TriClub grants and collegiate scholarships through these additional slots will aid in the continued growth of female participation in the sport.”
The 2017 championship race will be a two-day event with the professional and age-group women racing on Saturday, Sept. 9, and the professional and age-group men racing on Sunday, Sept. 10.