HANAU/TAMPA, Fla. (Dec. 16, 2015) – IRONMAN announced today a professional race structure change to two 2016 IRONMAN® European events – IRONMAN Kalmar Sweden on August 20, 2016 and KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen on August 21, 2016. IRONMAN will split the female and male professional fields at these two races – with the female pros racing in Kalmar and the male pros racing in Copenhagen.
The changes are being made as an effort to provide two of Europe’s most popular IRONMAN races with professional fields that highlight our female and male athletes independently, in a year where scheduling has put these events on the same weekend. Total money for both events will remain the same at $50,000 USD.
“By having a split pro-field between KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen and IRONMAN Kalmar we are providing the athletes in each event a unique race experience while also providing fans a great race to watch.
Copenhagen is eager to welcome the best male professional athletes for the 2016 KMD IRONMAN Copenhagen,” said Thomas Veje Olsen, Managing Director of IRONMAN Denmark.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for the female pro field to shine in an unparalleled way. IRONMAN Kalmar will feature an extremely strong field. It will be the sporting highlight of Scandinavia next summer and we look forward to welcoming the female professional athletes on August 20,” added Christian Kirchberger, Managing Director of IRONMAN Sweden.