Two IRONMAN 70.3 events in China will offer Ironman Kona slots for the first time. (Ironman.com)

Two IRONMAN 70.3 events in China will offer Ironman Kona slots for the first time. (Ironman.com)

To celebrate these two new races and help introduce the triathlon world to China, IRONMAN is pleased to announce that IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei and IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen will together offer a total of 100 slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, making them the only IRONMAN 70.3 triathlons in the world to provide standard qualification slots for Kona.

Ironman 70.3 Hefei offers 50 Kona slots

IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei will offer 50 age group slots and IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen will offer 40, allocated proportionally as per our global world championship protocol. The remaining 10 slots will be awarded to top performing athletes who complete both races.

IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei takes place in an iconic capital city in the eastern China Anhui Province. Hefei boasts a local culture and history that dates back more than 2,000 years. Well known both at home and abroad as a historic site famous for the Three Kingdoms Period, it is also the hometown of Lord Bao.

Located between the Yangtze River and the Huaihe River and beside the Chaohu Lake, the city boasts an impressive collection of botanical gardens, temples, and other historical sites to help make your visit truly memorable.

IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei will also host the Asian TriClub Championships. (Ironman.com)

IRONMAN 70.3 Hefei will also host the Asian TriClub Championships. (Ironman.com)

Ironman 70.3 Xiamen

At IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen located on the southeast coast of China, athletes will be treated to the picturesque Island Ring Road and coastal avenues on the mainland that reflect the beauty of the seaside city.

The city’s name means “Garden of the Sea,” and it is both a modern port city and a prestigious tourist destination. Here, sea views are backed by impressive cityscapes, offering a unique blend of the natural and urban. This coastal city is simultaneously ancient and modern, traditional and progressive, relaxing and revitalizing.

Join Ironman in celebrating the inaugural year of these events and to seize the opportunity to race and experience all that China has to offer.

Source: Ironman.com