IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holding company, announced today that this year’s edition of IRONMAN® Malaysia has sold out well ahead of the closing date of 20 October. The event is to be held on the island of Langkawi on 11 November 2017.
“We are extremely thrilled to receive such great support from the IRONMAN community from all over the world. The sellout is testament to the success of such a fantastic race in a spectacular destination with a rich history.” said Geoff Meyer, Managing Director of IRONMAN Asia.
“IRONMAN® Malaysia will offer 50 slots to the 2018 IRONMAN® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Langkawi is the perfect location for those trying to win a spot to the prestigious World Championship” continued Meyer.
This year’s event in Langkawi will have more than 70% of registered athletes coming from over 50 different countries. The Top 4 countries are Japan, Singapore, Australia and Philippines. The high volume of international athletes will help to boost the tourism income for the island of Langkawi.
IRONMAN attributes the sell out to the consistency in the quality race experience over the last few years. IRONMAN also believes that the support from the local community and local authorities on the island of Langkawi has also helped to continuously improve and elevate the standard of the event from year to year.
The 3.8km Swim, 180km Bike and 42.2km Run will take part on the western part of Langkawi and will showcase the beauty and wonders of a truly tropical island destination. The swim will take place in front of the breathtaking beachfront at Pantai Kok with the bike course filled with scenic paddy fields and rolling hills around the island. The run will be finishing at the sandy beach of Pantai Chenang.
During the week of 11 November, there will also be other fringe events such as the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® Langkawi and the 2017 IRONKIDS®, Langkawi. The 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3 Langkawi has also sold out and offers 30 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN® 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
IRONMAN® Malaysia and IRONMAN® 70.3 Langkawi is supported by Malaysia Major Events, a division of Malaysia Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB), an agency under the Ministry of Tourism and Culture Malaysia and the Langkawi Development Authority (LADA).
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