The Ironman triathlon series has announced that the Estonian capital of Tallinn will be the host of a new full-distance event, commencing next year.
The inaugural Ironman Tallinn will take place on August 4, 2018. Tallinn will become only the second European capital to host an Ironman event, joining Copenhagen in Denmark.
The race will be the second Ironman event in Estonia, after the SIS Ironman 70.3 in Otepää. The new event will begin with a single-loop 3.8km swim in the Baltic sea near the Seaplane Harbour museum.
Athletes will then continue onto a two-loop, 180.2km bike course which leads along the coastline and nearby villages. The final 42.2km four-loop run takes participants through the historical city centre of Tallinn, a UNESCO world heritage site, and finishes on Freedom Square.
Ironman Tallinn will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 World Championship being held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
“I believe that the Ironman Tallinn triathlon in our beautiful and modern city will be a very positive experience for everybody,” Mihhail Kõlvart, Deputy Mayor of Tallinn, said.