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New Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Brazil perfect warmup to Rio Olympics 2016

Perfect warmup to the Rio Olympics. Photo from Ironman website
Perfect warmup to the Rio Olympics. Photo from Ironman website

IRONMAN announced today the addition of a new triathlon in Brazil – IRONMAN® 70.3® Rio de Janeiro which will take place on Sunday, October 4, 2015 and will become the ninth IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 race in South America.

“We are thrilled to expand our race series in Brazil with the addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro.Rio de Janeiro will provide our athletes with an unforgettable race experience in an amazing South American city filled with energy and a passion for sports,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for IRONMAN.

One of more than 80 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series, IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro will consist of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, 56-mile (90 km) bike and 13.1-mile (21 km) run around the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro.

The race starts at Recreio dos Bandeirantes where the one-lap swim will take place. The bike course will lead athletes through breathtaking landscapes on a three-loop course. Finally, the two-loop run course will take athletes close to the unique seashore and offers breathtaking views of the city and its surroundings. Athletes will conclude the day by crossing the energetic finish line at Recreio dos Bandeirantes.

Rio beckons Ironman athletes! Photo from Ironman website
Rio beckons Ironman athletes! Photo from Ironman website

“Rio de Janeiro is known worldwide for its natural attractions, beaches and its influence on Brazilian history and culture. In the past few years, Rio has been dedicated to developing its infrastructure, which led the city to increase the number of sporting events hosted in town, including the Olympic Games in 2016,” said Carlos Galvão, IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro Race Director.


“We are pleased to announce an IRONMAN 70.3 event in the city where the first Brazilian triathlon took place.”

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most visited cities in the Southern Hemisphere and is known for its natural settings, carnival celebrations and beaches.

In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop the Corcovado Mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Rio de Janeiro will also host the 2016 Summer Olympics and the 2016 Summer Paralympics.

The IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro triathlon will offer a $30,000 USD professional prize purse and 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Rio de Janeiro is now open at