Inaugural Ironman Regensburg in Germany will take place August 1, 2010.
Starting in 2010 the Bavarian city of Regensburg will host the third Ironman event in Germany in addition to the two Ironman races that already take place in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden. The inaugural race on August 1st 2010 serves as an official qualifying race for the Ford Ironman World Championship on Hawaii, awarding 50 slots for pro and age group athletes.
The organizers of the event, as in Frankfurt and Wiesbaden, is the sports agency Xdream, officially representing the World Triathlon Corporation in Europe. For the inaugural event in Regensburg Xdream expects 1,200 to 1,500 athletes from approx. 40 nations.
Kurt Denk and Kai Walter (managing directors World Triathlon Corporation / European Headquarters) are certain that the race in Regensburg will develop into one of the most important Ironman races in Europe, showing lots of potential in the number of registered athletes.
“I am sure that with Regensburg and the region we will establish another triathlon highlight in Germany, next to the IRONMAN European Championship in Frankfurt and IRONMAN Germany 70.3 in Wiesbaden,” says Denk.
Walter continues: “The city of Regensburg, and the region, offer ideal conditions for a challenging and attractive race. We are very pleased with our choice for the third Ironman venue in Germany.”
Regensburg is one of the oldest cities of Bavaria, first mentioned around 179 AD, and long-time place of activity of current pope Bendict XVI. The city on the banks of the river Danube is known not only for its numerous historical buildings in the city center, which are World Heritage Site, but also for its university and three colleges. With a population of 133.000, Regensburg is the fifth largest city in Bavaria.
The swim will take place in the Lake Guggenberger See, just eight miles outside of Regensburg. The two-loop bike course goes through parts of the Bavarian Forest National Park and has a lot of hills and goes through a number of wonderful small villages. The run course is located on parts of the Danube Island and the historical city of Regensburg. The race finishes close to Steinerne Bruecke, a World Heritage Site of UNESCO.
For more information and to register for the event, go to Ironman-regensburg.de.