Ironman 70.3 Italy moves from Pescara to Cervia

Since 2017 the Cervia region of Italy has hosted Ironman Emilia-Romagna. Now the country's only Ironman 70.3 is moving to the beautiful city on the Adriatic sea - the day after the Ironman.

| February 21, 2019 | RACES

Hitting the Adriatic: Since 2017 Ironman Emilia-Romagna has taken place in beautiful Cervia.

Hitting the Adriatic: Since 2017 Ironman Emilia-Romagna has taken place in beautiful Cervia.

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Ironman Italy, held at the end of September in Italy's Cervia region, is an early opportunity for many athletes to qualify for the Ironman World Championship for the following year. It's been a popular stop for German pros since it started in 2017. Andreas Dreitz won the first race, while Great Britain's Lucy Gossage claimed the women's title. In 2018 it was all Germany at the top of the podium as Daniela Sämmler (now Bleymehl since her marriage last December) and Andreas Böcherer earned pro Kona starts with their wins. There were also 40 age group slots awarded for this year's Ironman World Championship, too, and the same number will qualify for the 2020 Kona event when the race takes place on September 21, 2019.

"Biggest Ironman Event in Europe"

The race weekend on the Adriatic looks to become a major event on the European Ironman calendar thanks to the full schedule of events that will take place throughout the weekend. The Ironman race (3.8 km swim, 181 km bike and 42.195 km run) will take place on the Saturday (September 21), with the new 70.3 race (1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21.1 km run) and the 5150 event (1.5 km swim, 40 km bike and 10 km run) on Sunday, September 22. All of these events combined could make the race the largest Ironman event in Europe, according to Ironman.

Ironman announced today that Cervia will host the only 70.3 race in Italy, putting Pescara, the previous host of the Italian 70.3 event, out of the Ironman picture.

35 slots for Taupo 2020

The new race, officially titled Ironman 70.3 Italy Emilia-Romagna, will feature 35 age group qualifying slots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2020, which will take place for the first time after the Ironman World Championship. The race is set for November 28 and 29, 2020 in Taupo, on New Zealand's North Island, the same site as Ironman New Zealand.