Langkawi hosts Ironman and 70.3 race in November

Ironman Malaysia will host a 70.3 race as well as the full-distance event on the beautiful island of Langkawi in November.

| March 15, 2017 | NEWS

Frederik Croneborg wins Ironman Malaysia.

Frederik Croneborg wins Ironman Malaysia.

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In case you thought we were joking about all the racing that's going to be happening in Asia this year, check out the news that came from the folks at Ironman today: Ironman Malaysia is set for November 11 and will also host Ironman 70.3 Langkawi on the same day.

The original Ironman Malaysia race on Langkawi began in 2000. Renowned as the hottest Ironman in the world (over the years the event hosted some of the world's top athletes including Lothar Leder, Natascha Badmann, Luke McKenzie, Belinda Granger and Bryan Rhodes) temperatures at the event would often climb into the 40s with high humidity making things even tougher.

In 2011 the race was cancelled when Ironman announced a "hiatus" as they looked for "new partners and venues that will improve the quality and production of events within the country and hopes to introduce new races in 2012."

That introduction took a few years, but in 2014 Ironman returned to Langkawi. The new venue is on the other side of the island from where the race used to take place, starting on the white sandy beaches of Pantai Kok. T2 is set up in an air conditioned transition area at the Mahsuri International Exhibition Center and the race finishes at the Cenang Beach.

With the addition of the new 70.3 race on Langkawi, Ironman 70.3 Putrajaya will be cancelled. 

Ironman Malaysia ( www.ironman.com/malaysia) will offer a US$25,000 prize purse and be an age group qualifer for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Ironman 70.3 Langkawi (www.ironman.com/langkawi70.3) will be an age-group only event that will serve as a qualifier for the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa