St. Polten moves to the Challenge Family

Ironman 70.3 St. Polten, one of the oldest Ironman 70.3 races, will become Challenge St. Polten next year.

| May 29, 2019 | NEWS

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There have been a flurry of announcements around Ironman 70.3 St. Polten today. Ironman announced that the event would not be happening any longer - a few hours later Challenge Family announced that the race would be joining its organization, becoming Challenge St. Polten. 

One of the original 70.3 events, Ironman 70.3 St. Polten got its start in 2007. The scenic course is renowned for its two-lake swim, followed by a bike course that takes athletes along a freeway through the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Center of Wachau. The day finishes with a beautiful run along the Traisen river, through the old town of St. Pölten.

According to race director Christoph Schwarz, the event began with 150 volunteers and has since grown dramatically - this year's race saw about 2,000 volunteers taking care of about 3,500 athletes in all the events at the race. 

Schwarz and his crew are looking forward to incorporating the "festival" atmosphere that many Challenge events are renowned for.

"We want to live the familiar and enthusiastic spirit for the triathlon sport in St. Pölten to the fullest," he said in a press release.

The inaugural Challenge St. Polten will take place on May 24, 2020. Registration and more information can be found at