COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho -
IRONMAN announced an agreement on Wednesday that will not only extend IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene through 2020, but will also change the race date beginning next year to late August. The IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene triathlon will take place on August 21, 2016. The change of date also allows for the addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d'Alene. That race will happen on June 26, 2016.
General registration will open on Monday, June 29 for IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene and Monday, July 6 for IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d'Alene
"This extended partnership with IRONMAN cements Coeur d'Alene, Idaho as the endurance recreation capital of the Inland Northwest,” said Steve Wilson, President of the Coeur d'Alene Chamber of Commerce. “In addition to these two IRONMAN races, Coeur d'Alene plays host to a multitude of other swimming, cycling and running events. Combined with numerous golf courses and the iconic floating green at the Coeur d'Alene Resort, Coeur d'Alene provides recreational opportunities for all types of enthusiasts.”
The change in date to late August allows the water to warm up through the summer months prior to race day. Athletes will continue on a challenging two-loop bike course that leads participants through rural northern Idaho and boasts long sections with no turns where athletes can enjoy the scenic course. The marathon run course, known for its small-town resort atmosphere and spectator support, loops along the shores of the lake finishing in downtown Coeur d'Alene. The single transition area and multiple-loop course at the "hot corner" make IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene a favorite among athletes and their friends and families.
IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d'Alene follows the same course as IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene, but with athlete's completing only one loop of each discipline. This makes IRONMAN 70.3 Coeur d'Alene accessible to a broader audience and allows athletes who are planning to race IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene to prepare for it on the same course.