IRON­MAN 70.3 XI­A­MEN

220 Triathlon Magazine - - It's Not Over Yet! -

Lo­ca­tion Xi­a­men, China Date 12 Novem­ber 2017 Back in 2016 and fresh from be­ing bought by the Chi­nese con­glom­er­ate, Dalian Wanda, Iron­man an­nounced that their Iron­man 70.3 races in China would all of­fer qual­i­fy­ing slots for the full Iron­man World Cham­pi­onships show­case, held in Hawaii since 1978.

Al­though Iron­man have of­fered Kona slots at 70.3 races be­fore, it had never been on this level, with nearly 10% of en­trants on the 2017 Iron­man World Cham­pi­onship start line hav­ing qual­i­fied from a 70.3 race in China. What­ever you think about the move, the bid to lure ath­letes to China has worked and the races of­fer a unique op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence China.

Of the 70.3 races in China of­fer­ing 30 Kona slots – Chongqing (24 Sept), He­fei (see be­low), Luizhou (14 April 2018) and Qui­jing (Au­gust 2018) – Iron­man 70.3 Xi­a­men is ar­guably the pick of the bunch, set in the coastal tourist city that of­fers a mix of an­cient and mod­ern Chi­nese cul­tures.

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