Taupo, New Zealand, to host 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship
Ironman has announced that the small tourist town of Taupo, the home of Ironman New Zealand for the last 20 years, will host the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
This is the first time an Ironman world championship will take place in New Zealand and the second time the championship will take place in Oceania. (Mooloolaba, on Australia’s Sunshine Coast, hosted the 2016 championship.)
The race will move to a new date – rather than the traditional late August/ early September time frame the event will take place on Nov. 28 and 29. As has been the case for the last two Ironman 70.3 World Championships, the women will race on Saturday, while the men’s race will take place on Sunday.
About a four-hour drive from Auckland, the Great Lake Taupo District is renowned for its volcanic landscape and cultural heritage that dates back to the arrival of the Maori in New Zealand in the 14th century. Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia.
The 1.9-km swim will take place in Lake Taupo, followed by a one-loop bike course and a two-loop run course that follows the lake. The race is expected to attract 5,000 competitors.