Ironman announced today it is further expanding into Mexico with the addition of the Ironman 70.3 Campeche triathlon. The inaugural event will take place on March 19, 2017, in the historic city of Campeche located in Southeast Mexico on the west side of the Yucatan Peninsula.
“Campeche is a beautiful destination city that we are confident our athletes will love. With ancient Mayan sites, limestone hills, rainforests and the Gulf of Mexico in the back drop—this race will certainly become an athlete favorite,” said Beth Atnip, Director of Global Operations for Ironman “We are excited to expand our race offerings in this region as we welcome athletes from around the world.”
The Ironman 70.3 Campeche triathlon begins with a 1.2-mile (1.9 km), single-loop swim in the protected waters of the Gulf of Mexico. After exiting the water, athletes will head into transition located at the newly constructed Campeche Country Club before heading onto the bike. The 56-mile (90 km), two-loop bike course will take athletes along the Merida Highway and into downtown Campeche. The spectator friendly 13.1-mile (21 km) run will be a two-loop course winding along the Campeche Bay before finishing at the Campeche Convention Center XXI.
The event will award a $50,000 USD professional prize purse and 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, which will take place in Chattanooga, Tenn., United States.
Read more: Ironman.com