MANDURAH will host Australia’s premier Ironman 70.3 event in October thanks to the support of the state government.
Tourism Minister Dr Kim Hames with event organisers and City of Mandurah councillors announced today the said the new Ironman 70.3 Australian Professional Championship (APC) in Mandurah would be the nation’s main qualifier for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in the USA and would therefore attract a high quality field.
”The Ironman 70.3 in Mandurah will be the showpiece of the Australian half ironman calendar and as such will be a great event to promote Mandurah, the Peel region and WA to the world,” Dr Hames said.
“The Ironman 70.3 series is the fastest growing triathalon series in the world, with 59 events held in 24 countries as qualifiers for the World Championships.
“We expect Ironman Mandurah 70.3 to attract about 1,500 competitors and thousands of visitors to the Peel region, providing a tremendous economic boost”.
WA already hosts the popular Ironman Western Australia and Ironman 70.3 Busselton.
The World Triathlon Corporation, the owner and operator of the Ironman and Ironman 70.3 series believes WA is ideally placed to host a third major triathlon event.
Athletes will be required to swim 1.9km, cycle 90km and run 21.1km with the track incorporating key sites in Mandurah including its waterways, foreshore and city centre.
Manager director of USM Events Daryl Herbert said the emergence of WA in Ironman events was a great gateway for professionals wanting to be in Mandurah to compete in the event.
“The launch of this Mandurah professional championship event is the highest points you can earn in any race in Australia to qualify for Las Vegas,” Mr Herbert said.
“It means we’re going to have an outstanding field of professionals wanting to be here for that sort of prize money and that’s the iconic element that starts to drive tourism economic impact into these regions.
“We need to highlight to all these people in this region that there is something in this race for them not just for these the competitors.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Mandurah 70.3 received funding as part of a significant $40million Royalty for Regions commitment to regional events.
“With the assistance of Royalty for Regions funding, major events are being hosted throughout the State, delivering benefits to communities and engaging and exciting locals and visitors alike,” he said.
The Mandurah Ironman 70.3 APC will be held on October 19-21and will give participants the chance to win US$50,000 prize money and 40 world champion slots.
For more information go to ironmanmandurah.com