Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland announced for 2020

After introducing a Multisport Festival in Westfriesland, The Netherlands last year, Ironman has upped the ante and will put on a 70.3 race next June 28.

| August 1, 2019 | NEWS

Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland will finish on \"De Roode steen,\" a square in the center of Hoorn where five streets meet.

Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland will finish on "De Roode steen," a square in the center of Hoorn where five streets meet.

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The day after we learned that next year's ITU Long Distance World Championship in Almere, The Netherlands, will be contested over the full distance, Ironman has announced that it will put on a new Ironman 70.3 race in the country. 

Ironman 70.3 Westfriesland will take place in the village of Hoorn in the Westfriesland region, which is located in the northwest of the country about 45 minutes drive from Amsterdam. It appears that the race will replace the multisport festival hosted in the region earlier this year.

The race certainly promises to be a scenic endeavour, beginning with a 1.9 km swim in the Het Markemeer lake next to Hoorn's theater. Athletes will then take on a flat, fast 90 km bike ride "lined with typical Dutch windmills and picturesque small towns." The day ends with a 21 km run through the center of Hoorn before finishing on "De Roode Steen," or "Kaasmarkt" (cheese market), a square in the center of the Hoorn.

Up for grabs will be 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand.