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Approximately 2,700 of the world’s top athletes will converge on Aug. 30 in Zell Am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria to compete in the 2015 Ironman 70.3 World Championship—marking the first time that a European destination will host the globally recognized event.
Learn thirteen facts about the upcoming race from Ironman below:
– Zell am See-Kaprun is the fourth city in history to host the Ironman 70.3 World Championship following Clearwater, Fla. (USA) (2006-2009), Henderson, Nev. (USA) (2010-2013) and Mont-Tremblant, Quebec (CAN) (2014).
– Two countries are sending athletes to the Ironman 70.3 World Championship for the first time: Bolivia (1) and Morocco (1).
– 68 percent of participants (1,872 athletes) are male.
– 32 percent of participants (898 athletes) are female.
– 42 is the average age of male registrants and 41 is the average age of female registrants.
– 91 race participants (52 males, 39 females), or approximately 3 percent of the total field, are professional athletes.
– 574 competitors representing 282 different triathlon clubs from around the world are racing this year and total over 20 percent of the field.
– Siegfried Amrein (SUI) is the oldest participant at 78, while Leanne Fanoy (NED) is the youngest at 18.
– 49 of the 50 U.S. states are accounted for, with the greatest number coming from California (104), Texas (71), Florida (57), Colorado (42) and New York (40).
– More than 130,000 registered athletes compete in Ironman 70.3 races each year, representing over 90 countries.
– Since the series began in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship has been controlled by Australia (five champions), Germany (four champions) and Great Britain (three champions). The United States has had two winners with Canada and New Zealand each having one winner.
– In 2014, Javier Gomez (ESP) broke Germany’s hold on the men’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship title after Sebastian Kienle brought home gold in 2012 and 2013. While in the women’s field Daniela Ryf put Switzerland on the winner’s map—a title previously held by Australian and UK athletes since 2009.
– More than 2,000 volunteers will help at his year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship.