IRONMAN is pleased to announce that the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon is returning to Dublin on Sunday 14th August, 2016.
Due to the phenomenal success of last year’s race, the triathlon will return to the capital city in just over a month, with entries still open for those considering taking part. Over 2,000 athletes will tackle the second IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin race, which incorporates a 1.2 mile (1.9km) swim, followed by a 56 mile (90km) bike ride and then a 13.1 (21.1km) mile half-marathon all as one race in Dublin.
The official race route for the 2016 event was confirmed today. The open-water swim will take place in Scotsman’s Bay (Dún Laoghaire) at 6:50am on 14th August, before athletes mount their bikes to travel through Dublin and west of the city on a loopedcycle course, finally returning to the Phoenix Park for the intensive half-marathon run to cross the finish line.
Kevin Stewart, Race Director for IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin commented on the race announcement: “We are delighted to return to Dublin this year for the second IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon. Last year was a huge success; the feedback from participants on the iconic Dublin course and from spectators was fantastic, and we hope to achieve that again this year.
Entries are still open for the race so we would advise anyone thinking of participating in this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 to sign up soon! We are also encouraging as many local residents as possible to come out and cheer the athletes along the course on race day, it’s a huge boost for participants to see locals lining the route and cheering them on, particularly during the home stretch at the Phoenix Park.”
The event has a truly international flavour, with nearly a quarter of participating athletes so far from 48 countries travelling from across the globe to Dublin to compete, along with over 70% of Irish participants. Nearly half of these athletes will be completing their first IRONMAN event.
This year, the IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin race has been selected as a qualifying race for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Tennessee, USA, with 35 qualifying slots up for grabs for the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series.
Last year, Frenchman Denis Chevrot and Susie Cheetham from the UK were the winners in the men’s and women’s races at the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin triathlon race, finishing in 4:01:35 and 4:27:09 respectively. Irish Pro-Triathlete Kevin Thornton, who is competing again this year, was the top Irish competitor, finishing in third place with a finishing time of four hours and eight minutes.
In order to host an event of this scale in Dublin, there will be road closures in place on race day, which will be announced at a later date.
View the official IRONMAN 70.3 Dublin 2016 race route here: https://ridewithgps.com/
IRONMAN 70.3 Official Race Route
The 1.2 mile swim will take place at 6.50am in Scotsman’s Bay in Dún Laoghaire. Athletes will be in the area on Saturday for racking and bag drop, plus early on Sunday morning to prepare for the event. There will be local road closures in place from 5am until approx 10am.
The bike course starts at Dún Laoghaire after the swim and travels up the coast and back into Dublin city, along Phoenix Park and then looping out west of the city towards Lucan, Maynooth, Kilcock, Dunboyne and back towards Phoenix Park.
The third and final element of the race, will see the competitors complete a three lap, 13.1 mile run on Chesterfield Avenue, Phoenix Park.