Ironman returns to Jeju with new 70.3 event

Ironman is back on Korea's Jeju Island with the announcement of Ironman 70.3 Jeju.

| October 20, 2017 | NEWS

Jeju Island, Korea.

Jeju Island, Korea.

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Ironman is returning to the former site of Ironman Korea with the announcement of Ironman 70.3 Jeju next July 8. Jeju Island served as the site of the original Ironman Korea race. Last year Ironman announced a new Ironman event in Korea in Gurye - the inaugural Ironman Gurye took place in September.

The new event will be owned and operated by the Korea Triathlon Association and takes place in the southern part of the island in Seogwipo.

Jeju Island is the largest island off the Korean Peninsula and features the natural World Heritage Site "Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes." It is a popular tourist and vacation spot with regular, direct flights from China, Japan and Taiwan that make it easy to get to.

The race starts at Pyoseon Haevichi Beach with a two-loop, 1.9 km swim in the Pacific Ocean. The two-loop bike offers ocean, mountain and volcanic views. The race finishes with a flat, one-loop run along the oceanside that finishes on the Pyoseon Haeyichi Beach.
 
The 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Jeju, Korea will be an age-group only race offering 30 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

A relay option will also be available for the race.