The Ironman triathlon series has made its first move into the Central Asia market by scheduling a new event in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The Ironman 70.3 event will be held in the Kazakh capital on June 18 next year. The race will be owned and operated by the Kazakh Geographic Society.
Athletes will begin their race with a single-loop 1.9km swim in the Ishim river. They will then continue onto the two-loop 90.1km bike course which will lead through the Astana government district, which includes the President’s palace and the Parliament. The race will finish with a three-loop 21.1km run at the Astana Triathlon Park.
“We are excited to open a new chapter in the global development of Ironman,” Hans-Peter Zurbruegg, managing director of Ironman Europe, Middle East and Africa, said. “Our first event in Central Asia will allow us to bring the Ironman experience to a new country and a new region and we are looking forward to working with a highly skilled and experience team in Astana.”
Ironman 70.3 Astana will offer 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 70.3 World Championship being held in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.