Kärnten goes after Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2022

Klagenfurt aims to make Ironman Austria the biggest Ironman race in the world this year. Now the Austrians are after both the Ironman 70.3 European and world championships.

| February 19, 2019 | NEWS

The swim at Ironman Austria takes place in Klagenfurt\'s Wörthersee.

The swim at Ironman Austria takes place in Klagenfurt's Wörthersee.

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Klagenfurt wants to redefine the capacity of Ironman races with a new one-loop bike course, allowing them to put about 4,000 triathletes on the course that winds its way through Carinthia. But the organizers are after even more - the city and region intend to compete for the Ironman 70.3 European and World Championships.

Europeans in 2021, World Championships in 2022

Until 2016 the Ironman 70.3 European Championship took place in Wiesbaden, Germany. Because of issues with the local organization and approval problems, which revolved around the swim, the championship was moved to the Danish town of Elsinore near Copenhagen in 2017. Now a group made up of Carinthia's tourism association, Klagenfurt's tourism group, the region of Carinthia along with the city of Klagenfurt have submitted an application for the European Championships 2021. But the organizers aren't stopping there - they are also bidding on the Ironman 70.3 World Championship in 2022.

This would be a first for the race site at the Wörthersee and the second time that Austria would host the event - in 2015 the country hosted the worlds in Zell am See, where Jan Frodeno claimed his first 70.3 world title. The Klagenfurt worlds would be held one week before Ironman Austria, which would put the championship earlier than ever before.

Decision in summer

The decision to award the championship is expected this summer. Often the press conference on the Thursday before the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii is used as an opportunity to announce the venue for the world championships that is two years away. The 2019 70.3 worlds will be held at the beginning of September in Nice (France), while 2020 will see the championship move to Taupo, New Zealand at the end of November.

Ironman 70.3 World Championship venues and champions

Year

Venue

Women's Champion

Men's Champion

2006

Clearwater (USA)

Samantha McGlone (CAN)

Craig Alexander (AUS)

2007

Clearwater (USA)

Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)

Andy Potts (USA)

2008

Clearwater (USA)

Joanna Zeiger (USA)

Terenzo Bozzone (NZL)

2009

Clearwater (USA)

Julie Dibens (GBR)

Michael Raelert (GER)

2010

Clearwater (USA)

Jodie Swallow (GBR)

Michael Raelert (GER)

2011

Henderson (USA)

Melissa Rollison (AUS)

Craig Alexander (AUS)

2012

Henderson (USA)

Leanda Cave (GBR)

Sebastian Kienle (GER)

2013

Henderson (USA)

Melissa Hauschildt (AUS)

Sebastian Kienle (GER)

2014

Mont Tremblant (CAN)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Javier Gomez (ESP)

2015

Zell am See (AUT)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Jan Frodeno (GER)

2016

Mooloolaba (AUS)

Holly Laurence (GBR)

Tim Reed (AUS)

2017

Chattanooga (USA)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Javier Gomez (ESP)

2018

Port Elizabeth (RSA)

Daniela Ryf (SUI)

Jan Frodeno (GER)

2019

Nice (FRA)

2020

Taupo (NZL)

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