Ironman chooses Tulsa to host new full-distance event

Ironman Tulsa becomes the first new full-distance race in the United States since 2014.

| June 12, 2019 | NEWS

The run course for Ironman Tulsa will feature lots of views of the Arkansas River.

The run course for Ironman Tulsa will feature lots of views of the Arkansas River.

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After announcing that the choice was down to four for the next city to host a full-distance event in the United States (the choices were Des Moines, Iowa, Fayetteville, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee and Tulsa, Oklahoma), the nod was given to Tulsa, which will host its first full-distance race on May 31, 2020.

The race will begin with a rolling start into the waters of Keystone Lake in Mannford, Oklahoma. The rolling bike course will take in the surrounding Tulsa area before finishing at the Oklahoma State University-Tulsa campus. The run course will head through the historic downtown to the River Parks Trail System, taking in the Arkansas river before returning downtown to finish at Guthrie Green.

Registration for the new event opens on June 19 at www.ironman.com/tulsa.

The race will offer 40 age-group qualifying spots for the Ironman World Championship. There will be a professional prize purse, but information on the amount hasn't been announced yet.