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Ironman announced today that Muskoka, Ontario, Canada will host an Ironman event starting in 2015. The Canadian town had previously played host to a 70.3 race, which will now shift its date to serve as “an ideal training race for Ironman Muskoka.” Ironman 70.3 Muskoka will take place on Sunday, July 5, 2015, with Ironman Muskoka following on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. Ironman Muskoka will be the 14th Ironman in North America.
“Ironman 70.3 Muskoka has been a premiere race for the Ironman brand in the region and we are thrilled to expand our offerings in Canada with the addition of Ironman Muskoka,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman in a press release. “Muskoka is rich in triathlon history, including hosting the ITU Triathlon World Championship in 1992. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the Town of Huntsville, TriMuskoka and the Deerhurst Resort to deliver an amazing race for our athletes.”
Ironman Muskoka will lead athletes through a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run that takes place in the Deerhurst Resort and the surrounding scenic areas of Muskoka. The race will provide athletes with a challenging and scenic course along lakes, rivers, towering forests, granite outcroppings, hills and valleys that utilizes much of the Ironman 70.3 Muskoka course. The race will start with a single loop 2.4-mile swim in the picturesque Peninsula Lake. The two-loop bike course circles Lake of Bays, passing through the small communities of Dwight, Dorset, and Baysville. The two-loop run will take competitors through the Muskoka region and historic downtown Huntsville as they enter the Spectator Zone, finishing their day back at the Deerhurst Resort.
Ironman Muskoka will offer 50 age group slots to the 2016 Ironman World Championship taking place on Oct. 8, 2016 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
General registration for Ironman Muskoka will open at 12 p.m. ET Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014 at Ironman.com/Muskoka.