Ironman moves to Goa, India

Ironman is expanding to India next year with Ironman 70.3 Goa, India, set for October 20, 2019.

| November 28, 2018 | NEWS

Miramar Beach in Goa, India will serve as the swim start for the new race, Ironman\'s first foray into India.

Miramar Beach in Goa, India will serve as the swim start for the new race, Ironman's first foray into India.

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Ironman has made the move to the world's second-most populous country - next October 20 the company will host its first 70.3 race in India. The new event will take place in Goa, one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

“This is a huge milestone in the sport and the team and I are thrilled to launch the first ever Ironman 70.3 race in India,” Geoff Meyer, Managing Director for Ironman Asia said in a press release. “We’ve seen a constant upward trend in the participation of Indian athletes in our races all over the world in the past few years. Ironman 70.3 Goa, India was designed specially to quench the thirst for endurance sport events among these athletes, bringing their favourite race right to their backyard and an opportunity for athletes around the world to come experience this incredible region. We are thrilled to explore this new opportunity and look forward to supporting triathlon growth in India.”

The race will take place at Miramar beach with a two-loop 1.9 km swim. The 90 km, three-loop bike will follow the Mandovi river causeway and into Goa. After returning to T2 at the beach, athletes will complete a three-loop run along Dona Paula beach before returning to Miramar beach for the finish.

The expected air temperature at that time of year will be 29 and 32 degrees C. The race will offer both an individual race and a relay competition. It will be an age-group only race with qualifying slots for the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Taupo, New Zealand.