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The half-iron distance Soma Triathlon, which has been produced by Life Time Fitness, will be Ironman 70.3 Arizona going forward.
Ironman announced today that the first Ironman 70.3 Arizona will take place on Oct. 18 in Tempe. The event will replace the Soma Triathlon, which was first produced by Red Rock Co. and then Life Time Fitness. The race has been a staple on the Arizona triathlon schedule, with many Ironman Arizona participants choosing to compete as a warm-up for the longer event. The swim and run courses—like Ironman Arizona—take place in and around Tempe Town Lake. For the past few years, there has been chatter among Phoenix-area triathletes about the possibility of a less loopy bike course, but it appears the 56-mile leg will still feature three laps within the City of Tempe.
Ironman 70.3 Arizona is a part of the partnership between Ironman and Life Time Fitness that also includes the “exchange” of the Boulder Peak and Boulder Sprint triathlons. The race will offer 30 qualifying slots for the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. Registration opens on March 11 at Ironman.com.