Ironman to make Russian debut with St. Petersburg race

The first-ever Ironman race is to be held in Russia, it was announced today (Tuesday), with St. Petersburg to stage an Ironman 70.3 race on July 19, 2020.

The addition of the Russian stop brings to 12 the number of new race locations for the 2020 Ironman and Ironman 70.3 race calendars.

Stefan Petschnig, managing director of Europe, Middle East and Africa for the Ironman Group, said: “This is a historic day for Ironman and triathlon. We are delighted to welcome Russia and St. Petersburg to our series of events as we continue to bring racing opportunities to people around the world.”

The 1.9km swim will take place in the St. Petersburg rowing channel, home to the annual St. Petersburg Rowing Championship. Unveiling the details of the cycle race, Iroman said: “With a total of 435m of climbing and three loops in total, the race is expected to be fast and filled with great views.”

The 90.1 kilometre bike ride will begin a the rise of the Yacht Bridge and then head towards Lake Lahtinskiy Razliv. On the run, Ironman specified: “Heading out onto the 21.1 kilometre run course, athletes will explore the spectacular Yelagin Island, home to Yelagin Palace, before heading to the finish line near the Gazprom Arena stadium.”