Des Moines goes long as IRONMAN 2022 North American Championship


DES MOINES, IA – JUNE 20: Athletes compete in part XXX of the IRONMAN 70.3 Des Moines on June 20, 2021 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Kyle Rivas / Getty Images for IRONMAN)

IRONMAN has announced that Des Moines, Iowa, will become the newest host of an IRONMAN full distance triathlon.

Following the IRONMAN 70.3 event in 2021, the new full-distance IRONMAN will replace the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon and will be designated as the IRONMAN 2022 North American Championship.

“With this selection, Des Moines enters an elite group of cities to host regional championships and host some of the best athletes in the world. The IRONMAN Des Moines Certified North American Championship is scheduled for Sunday, June 12, 2022 with general registration for the new event which opens on Monday, November 1. ‘

“We have developed a fantastic partnership here in Des Moines since we first announced an event in 2019 and could not be more proud to announce this new IRONMAN full distance race here in the Iowa capital. “said Keats McGonigal, vice president of operations. , North America for the IRONMAN group.

“There is no better place to host this race than Des Moines, and we know that having this city as the host for the 2022 IRONMAN North American Championship will showcase this part of the country. We look forward to laying the groundwork for a lasting legacy of IRONMAN events in Des Moines. “

An IRONMAN press release adds that … “The capital of Iowa and its surrounding communities have great amenities in a safe and accessible location. Grand Des Moines offers all the adventure and rewards of a large-scale city without the exaggerated cost.

“The cultural events and festivals associated with bike paths, parks and lakes offer residents and visitors of all ages plenty to do and see in Des Moines. It’s easy to get to the metro from virtually anywhere in the world, as several airlines serve Des Moines International Airport. In addition, a quarter of the American population is within a day’s drive. ‘

“Hosting the IRONMAN 70.3 earlier this year was our warm-up, and now we’re ready for the encore,” said Greg Edwards, President and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “Des Moines has worked and everything from the course to community-wide support has been impressed.

“Now we’re ready to do twice the work and have twice the fun by hosting the prestigious IRONMAN North American Long Distance Championship! “

Similar to the IRONMAN 70.3 event, the new certified Piedmontese IRONMAN Des Moines will take athletes to tour the city and scenic surroundings of Polk and Dallas counties.

“Competitors can expect to swim, cycle and run smoothly through Des Moines’ most scenic streets and memorable landmarks with a bustling finish line in beautiful downtown Des Moines.”

The IRONMAN Certified Piedmont North American Championship will provide qualifying spots for the IRONMAN 2023 World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

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