Ironman announces new race in Estonia

Ironman Tallinn will take place on August 4, 2018. The new race showcases the capital of Estonia, one of Euope's best preserved medieval cities.

| August 15, 2017 | NEWS

The old town of Tallinn.

The old town of Tallinn.

Photo >Sean Pavone | Dreamstime

The talk of there being too many full-distance races these days? Ironman doesn't seem to be buying it. A new event has been announced in Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, next August 4.

The race will start with a one-loop swim in the Baltic Sea next to the city's Seaplane museum. The two-loop bike will follow the coastline while the four-loop run course will go through the historical city center of Tallinn.

The race director for the event is former Ironman champion Ain-Alar Juhanson, who was also involved in the recent Ironman 70.3 Otepää and has been named the race director for Ironman in Estonia.

“Triathlon has seen fantastic growth in Northern and Eastern Europe over the last few years. We are excited to build on the success of Ironman 70.3 Otepää and celebrate Estonia’s 100th birthday with a new race in our capital – a city that has traditionally been a connecting point for travelers,” Juhanson says.

Registration for the new event opens on August 28. The race will have 40 qualifying slots for the 2018 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.