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South Africa offers more female qualifying slots for 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

Sep 22, 2018
South Africa offers more female qualifying slots for 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, set to take place on Sunday 27 January 2019 in Buffalo City, has been selected as one of 20 races offering an additional 25 slots for female athletes to race the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France.

These slots support Women For Tri®, a program of the IRONMAN Foundation®, to welcome and empower new female triathletes and increase participation at all levels of the sport.

“With the introduction of our two-day world championship format, there is an opportunity for more high achieving female triathletes to earn a spot to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship,” said Andrew Messick, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN.

“The athletes that represent the Women For Tri team will help continue to grow the sport.”
 
Following the standard IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship rolldown ceremony at the Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa, 25 additional slots will be awarded to the next most qualified women, proportional by age group creating a deeper field of female athletes while maintaining the integrity and prestige of an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event.

The complete list of races that will offer additional slots include:

Event

Date

Country/Region

IRONMAN 70.3 Nice

9/16/2018

France

IRONMAN 70.3 Atlantic City

9/23/2018

United States

IRONMAN 70.3 Middle East Championship Bahrain

12/8/2018

Bahrain

IRONMAN 70.3 Taupo

12/8/2018

New Zealand

IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells

12/9/2018

United States

IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa

1/27/2019

South Africa

IRONMAN 70.3 Dubai

1/27/2019

United Arab Emirates

IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong

2/17/2019

Australia

IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo

2/24/2019

Sri Lanka

IRONMAN 70.3 Oman

3/1/2019

Oman

IRONMAN 70.3 Puerto Rico

3/17/2019

Puerto Rico

IRONMAN 70.3 Texas

4/7/2019

United States

IRONMAN 70.3 Peru

4/14/2019

Peru

IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast

5/11/2019

United States

IRONMAN 70.3 Pays D'Aix

5/12/2019

France

IRONMAN 70.3 Barcelona

5/19/2019

Spain

IRONMAN 70.3 Victoria

6/2/2019

Canada

IRONMAN 70.3 Les Sables d'Olonne

6/9/2019

France

IRONMAN 70.3 Wisconsin

6/9/2019

United States

IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire

6/9/2019

United Kingdom

 

The selection as one of the Women For Tri qualifying races come shortly after the news that the 2019 Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa will serve as the official IRONMAN African TriClub Championship event.

Triathlon clubs from around Africa will battle it out to earn the title of IRONMAN TriClub Champions, signifying their status as Africa’s top triathlon club in their divisions. At present, over 800 triathlon club members from over 140 clubs are already registered to race.

“Standard Bank IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa finishers are a league of legends, so it is only fitting for this historic race to welcome the IRONMAN African TriClub Championship. To see how this race has grown and developed over the last eleven years has been phenomenal.

"The quality of race experience, the challenge it offers, and the unique atmosphere are just a few of the reasons this race has reached this level of popularity amongst athletes,” says Keith Bowler, Managing Director: IRONMAN South Africa.

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