IRONMAN Couer d’Alene Returning 2021 as part of Three City Rotation

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho / TAMPA, Fla. (November 21, 2019) – The IRONMAN Group, a Wanda Sports Group company (Nasdaq: WSG), announced today that the beautiful city of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho will once again play host to a full-distance IRONMAN® triathlon on Sunday, June 27, 2021 as part of a renewed multi-year host venue agreement. IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene will serve as the second location of the rotating IRONMAN triathlon for 2021, with the event shifting back to an IRONMAN 70.3® triathlon in 2022 and 2023. The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d’Alene triathlon is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 28, 2020.
“We are excited to return a full distance IRONMAN triathlon to Coeur d’Alene in 2021,” said Dave Christen, Northwest Regional Director for The IRONMAN Group. “We have hosted races in Coeur d’Alene since 2003 and are thrilled to insert Coeur d’Alene as the second stop of the new rotating IRONMAN triathlon series. With the longstanding history the events have built over the years, we know our athletes will be excited to once again race 140.6 miles across this breathtaking and challenging course in beautiful North Idaho for the first time since 2017.”
The new rotating IRONMAN triathlon concept was announced earlier this year and will feature three different full-distance IRONMAN triathlon locations over three years. The 2020 IRONMAN North American Championship St. George, Utah triathlon will be the first stop on the rotating schedule with the 140.6-mile event set to take place on Saturday, May 2, 2020.
The 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon racecourse will mirror characteristics of the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon with slight adjustments to the run course. Athletes will begin with a 2.4-mile double-loop swim in the breathtaking Lake Coeur d’Alene. The 112-mile double-loop bike course will take athletes alongside Lake Coeur d’Alene and through a scenic hilltop view of rural northern Idaho before a transition at City Park. Athletes will cap off the race day with a multi-loop run course through McEuen Park to a triumphant finish downtown on Sherman Ave.
“The IRONMAN races have been a symbol to our community that through hard work and determination you can accomplish great things,” said Coeur d’Alene Mayor Steve Widmyer. “We are excited to have the full-distance IRONMAN triathlon return to Coeur d’Alene and we are grateful for our partnership with IRONMAN.”
“We are overjoyed to welcome back IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene! We started this journey in June of 2017, and had the will and passion to keep pushing and brainstorming on how to make the event a win-win for everyone,” said Britt Bachtel-Browning, Vice President of North Idaho Sports Commission. “Along the way, we received an overwhelming outpouring of support and love from the local community and from athletes around the world. This just shows how truly iconic and special IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene is. We are proud to once again host a full-distance IRONMAN triathlon, and are enthused by the promising future this continued partnership with IRONMAN brings to Coeur d’Alene. This amazing effort and rewarding results really embodies the IRONMAN mantra that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE!”
Coeur d’Alene and its neighboring areas are surrounded by dozens of lakes left behind by the glaciers from the ice age. There are more than 55 lakes within easy driving distance of Coeur d’Alene, but none more scenic and full of activities than Lake Coeur d’Alene itself. The perfect place to go on vacation and experience numerous outdoor activities, the area will continue to offer both participants and their families an amazing scenic race destination. With the spectacular North Idaho sunsets and moonrises, the plunge of an osprey after a fish, and the glowing lights of downtown Coeur d’Alene reflecting across Lake Coeur d’Alene waters at night, it is a magical location that will surely please.
General registration for the 2021 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene triathlon will open on Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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