IRONMAN Announces Addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming
Inaugural edition of the race to take place on October 21, 2018
General Registration opens May 4
IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, announced today the addition of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Shanghai Chongming triathlon. The race will be the fifth IRONMAN 70.3 event in China. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming triathlon will take place on Sunday, October 21, 2018, and registration opens Friday, May 4.
“China is a growing region for the triathlete community, and Shanghai is a tourist destination that will certainly be an attractive place for athletes from around the world to come race in,” said Jeff Edwards, General Manager of Operations for IRONMAN China. “Chongming Island is going to provide the perfect scenic backdrop for our next IRONMAN 70.3 race.”
Chongming Island in Shanghai is the third largest island in China. As the largest alluvial island at the estuary of a river and the largest sand island in the world, Chongming Island is also acclaimed as the “Door to the Yangtze River, Yingzhou Island (a celestial mountain in fairy tales of ancient China) in the East China Sea”. The main attractions on Chongming Island are the Chongming Academy (one of the only ancient Confucian academies in Shanghai); Dongping National Forest Park (largest man-made forest in Eastern China); Dong Tan Migratory Bird Protection Area; and Jin’ao Mountain (a Buddhist site with East-China-garden-style landscaping).
Taking place in the western portion of Chongming Island, the IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming race will begin with a 1.2-mile (1.9-km) swim in freshwater Mingzhu Lake. The swim will be a single-loop rolling start format with expected water temperature to be mid-60 degrees Fahrenheit. Athletes will then embark on a generally flat two-loop 56-mile (90-km) bike course that finishes at Mingzhu Lake Park. Finally, athletes will take on a three-loop 13.1-mile (21-km) run course circling the lake in Mingzhu Lake Park that features plenty of shade. The swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions are both lakeside in Mingzhu Lake Park, with the finish line located near the entrance to the park.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming triathlon will offer a total $25,000 USD professional prize purse as well as 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France and a special 25 age-group qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Shanghai Chongming, which is owned and operated by Wanda Sports China, will open Friday, May 4, 2018 at www.ironman.com/shanghai70.3. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.
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