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Costa Rica hosts Ironman Triathlon 70.3®

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Written by Marisol
WAYRA Instituto de Español

By Tamarindo News Staff

General Registration for this important event will be available June 23, 2016.

The renowned sports event, the IRONMAN® 70.3®, was announced to take place in Central America, more specifically, in Costa Rica.

The inaugural event will be Sunday, June 18, 2017, in Playas del Coco, Guanacaste.

“With its beautiful natural landscape and indigenous flora and fauna, Costa Rica is the perfect place to celebrate an IRONMAN® 70.3® race,” said Wilber Anderson, CEO of Miami Tri Events and Colombia Tri Events, and licensee of this new competition.

“We are sure that this new event will become a classic as participants cross the finish line in an amazing environment that will let them know their efforts were rewarding,” Anderson said.

The triathlon IRONMAN® 70.3® Costa Rica will begin with a 1.9 km (1.2 mile) one loop swim in the calm, crystal and clear waters of the Gulf of Papagayo. The 90 km (56 mile) two-loop bike course will take athletes through the thick vegetation of the region, among monkeys and iguanas, and they will be cheered by spectators of the Sardinal and San Blas districts.

The 21 km (13.1 mile) run course will occur among palm trees by the sea and will take athletes to the finish line in Playas del Coco. Mauricio Ventura, Minister of Tourism of Costa Rica, highlighted the importance of taking advantage of these kind of events to reinforce promotion and marketing strategies, in order to position the country as a complete tourist destination, with strategic locations, exotic landscapes and quality tourism throughout the country, enabling Costa Rica to stand out and accomplish these reputable worldwide activities.

“Together with the private sector, we have been able to consolidate the country into an authentic destination where sports and tourism coexist successfully. Thus, we show we are unique in terms of sustainable tourism in the framework of such an important competition. It will motivate participants and the general public to visit Costa Rica as their ideal holiday destination, additionally reinforcing the national brand image with the organization of such a high level event as an IRONMAN® race,” Ventura said.

“Costa Rica´s magnificent rainforests, beautiful beaches on the Pacific Ocean and endless biodiversity make it the perfect destination for this competition,” added Edwin Vargas, Vice-president of Colombia Tri Events.

“Athletes will arrive to a country that values ecotourism; they will feel the love for nature, for society and for local culture at once.”

IRONMAN® 70.3® Costa Rica race will be part of more than the 90 IRONMAN® 70.3® events that take place all over the world.

The race will award a $15,000 professional prize purse and 35 age-group qualifying slots for the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship, which will be in Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States.

General registration for IRONMAN® 70.3® Costa Rica will be available from 9:30 a.m. CST, on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at www.ironman.com/costarica70.3.

Athletes´ concerns and questions can be sent to costarica70.3@ironman.com. To get more information about IRONMAN and the series of the world events, please visit www.ironman.com.

About IRONMAN

A subsidiary of Wanda Sports Group, IRONMAN® operates a global portfolio of events such as the IRONMAN® Triathlon series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon series, the Triathlon 5150™ series, IRONGIRL® and IRONKIDS®, six out of the nine races of the World Triathlon series of the International Triathlon Union, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors, mountain cycling races, elite marathons and other multisport races.

The IRONMAN® events, together with other Wanda Sports Holdings, provide more than 680,000 participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the business’ vast offerings.

The iconic IRONMAN® series is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since its creation in 1978, athletes have proved that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world´s most challenging endurance races.

IRONMAN® has grown from one race into a global movement with more than 260 events in 42 countries. To get more information, visit www.ironman.com

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