A big step forward: Ironman 70.3 for tomorrow
The 2021 Ironman 70.3 Hawaii race is officially launched!
Tomorrow will be a day athletes have been waiting patiently since COVID-19 forced the postponement and cancellation of all major sporting events across the island. This will be the Big Island’s first full-scale triathlon event and you can bet everyone is pumped up and ready to go.
Known locally as Honu, Saturday’s Ironman 70.3 Hawaii triathlon race features a new swim course and revised route for biking and running that will center on the grounds of the host hotel, the Fairmont Orchid, in Hawaii.
The race begins with a 1.2 mile swim in beautiful Pauoa Bay – renowned for its warm, crystal clear waters and vibrant coral reef – taking athletes on a round-trip ‘L’ course that runs along the shore in a clock. wise direction.
Athletes will be separated into age groups for a wave swim start starting at 6:20 a.m., with participants starting on the beach and each having a total of one hour and ten minutes to complete the swim lesson.
From there, competitors will set off on a 56 mile round trip to the scenic town of Hawi. Known for its hills, warmth, humidity, as well as its headwind and crosswind gusts, the difficult course will allow you to really discover the northern half of the Ironman World Championship course.
Competitors will then end with a scorching three-loop, 13.1-mile race course that begins and ends at the beautiful Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. The race will traverse the resort’s grounds, over well-maintained golf greens, along the shore, past ancient petroglyph fields and fish ponds, and over paved roads and cart tracks.
Beyond the breathtaking scenery that will be discovered throughout the race, the Ironman 70.3 Hawaii triathlon has always attracted a very competitive age group and for good reason.
Up for grabs are 30 qualifying places allocated to age group athletes for the 2021 Ironman Supersapiens World Championship in Kailua-Kona scheduled for October 9, and 24 qualifying places for residents of the State of Hawaii. For those planning to compete in the 2021 Intermountain Healthcare IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship presented by the Utah Sports Commission in St. George, Utah, 150 slots will be awarded to those who qualify.
Each athlete and relay team will each have a total of eight hours and 30 minutes to complete the entire 70.3 mile course. For more information, visit https://www.ironman.com/im703-hawaii.