Ironman today announced that Hamburg, Germany will host an Ironman event for the first time on Aug. 13, 2017. The announcement is significant because the city is known for its support of triathlon. Its annual ITU World Triathlon Series event has seen as many as 10,000 age-group athletes compete—making it one of the largest triathlons in the world. Hamburg is also known for its enthusiasm for the elite races, with the city essentially shutting down with 250,000 spectators lining the streets to cheer on the pros.

Based on those numbers, we’d say that Hamburg will be thrilled to host the Ironman competition. The preliminary course includes a 2.4-mile swim through Binnen and Außenalster lakes, followed by a 112-mile bike ride through Harbour City and across the Köhlbrandbrücke” bridge and then finally a four-lap marathon along the Alter Lake in the city center. The Town Hall market square will host the finish.

The event anticipates hosting 2,500 athletes, with 40 qualifying slots to the 2017 Ironman World Championship. General registration opens Sept. 23 at