Taupo, New Zealand, to host 2020 Iron­man 70.3 World Championship

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Finish Line Race Report -

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.

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