The Ironman triathlon series has announced that its 2019 70.3 World Championship event will take place in the French city of Nice.
The event will take place on September 7-8 and will mark the first time France has staged an Ironman world championship.
Nice has also been awarded an additional Ironman 70.3 event, which will debut on September 16, 2018. This qualifying event for the 2019 World Championship will then continue in 2020 and form part of the Ironman 70.3 European Tour.
“The successful growth of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship since its global rotation began in 2014 can be attributed in large part to Diana Bertsch, the world championship team she established, the host cities, and the collective determination to create an event that captures the hearts and minds of our athletes,” Andrew Messick, chief executive for Ironman, said.
“With the origins of the popular Nice triathlon which set the stage in the region, this is the next evolution of this extraordinary event and brings Europe back to the forefront, with a history of culture, sport and scenery that is the perfect mix for Ironman 70.3 World Championship athletes.”
Around 5,000 athletes from over 100 global qualifying events are expected to compete at the World Championship in Nice, which staged its first Ironman event in 2005.
Christian Estrosi, President of Region Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur, added: “Nice is now recognised as a great host city for major events of international recognition. This dedication to staging events is an essential asset for the development of economic activity.
“Each year, Ironman brings €4m ($4.3m) in economic revenue, and I am convinced that this new event will once again strengthen our attractiveness as a host city and boost our local economy.”
This year’s Ironman 70.3 World Championship will take place in Chattanooga in the US state of Tennessee on September 9-10. The 2018 edition will be held in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa. Mooloolaba in Australia staged last year’s event.