Tuesday July 21, 2009
Augusta, GA (July 21, 2009) – Augusta will add another world class sports event to its calendar when the city hosts the inaugural ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta triathlon on September 27. Registration for the race closed on July 4, with 3,177 competitors signed on for the first year event. Based on registration numbers, the event will debut as the second largest Ironman 70.3 race in the world. According to the Augusta Sports Council the triathlon will be held here through 2011.
The race, which is open to professional and amateur triathletes, will provide one of the last opportunities for athletes to qualify for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which will be held in Cleawater, Florida this November. Professional competitors will also be competing for a share of a $25,000 purse.
The 70.3 mile race will begin at 7am, at the Riverwalk Marina, with a 1.2 mile down river swim. The athletes will exit at the Boathouse to begin a 56-mile cycling leg through the rolling hills of Aiken County. The cycling route will then bring theracers back to The Boathouse, where they will transition to the run. The final 13.1 miles of the race will be covered with two circuits through downtown Augusta. The race will finish at Augusta Common, next to title sponsor ESi’s world headquarters.
The event is being hosted by the Augusta Sports Council, and race management will be provided by New Orleans-based Premier Event Management. The two organizations also partner on the Augusta Half Marathon. “Hosting Ironman Augusta is a real success marker for the Sports Council” said Sports Council Executive Director Tammy Stout, “being part of the Ironman brand is almost emotional for our staff and our sponsors, and I really expect Augustans to embrace this event as much as the competitors.”