Taupo To Host Ironman 70.3 World Championship



The team at IRONMAN 70.3 Taupõ, the Taupõ District Council (responsible for the bid) and all stakeholders aligned with the event are in celebration mode with news today from IRONMAN® - a Wanda Sports holding company, has awarded Taupõ the rights to the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, the first time that IRONMAN has hosted a World Championship in New Zealand.


The event will be hosted on November 28 and 29 2020, with men and women racing across the two days, with more than 5,000 athletes expected to descend on the central north island town that surely now can lay claim to be the triathlon capital of New Zealand.


Race Director and Taupõ resident Wayne Reardon spoke of his immense pride, not only in the event, but in the community and the Taupõ District Council that has supported the sport there for so many years.


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“After 20 years of the Taupõ community producing world class IRONMAN and 70.3 events in, we have the ultimate reward in being named to host the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in 2020.

“The feedback from IRONMAN is that Taupõ was chosen due to its long history with the sport, the on-going legacy left in the community, an outstanding and award-winning environment, the unique cultural experience we deliver for the athletes, and the way the community will embrace the event.


“As a longtime resident of this beautiful town, I'm very proud of the community in the way they support these events and I have no doubt that they will rally with even greater numbers and enthusiasm for an event that will bring thousands of international visitors to our region.

“This is one of the most significant dates in the global triathlon calendar and is a coup for our sport in New Zealand to host such a pinnacle event.  Through the global series thousands of international athletes will qualify to race and they'll be welcomed to Taupõ by a community that is passionate about culture, people, events and IRONMAN.  Our team is looking forward to creating an inspirational and unforgettable experience.”


The news is expected to provide a further boost to IRONMAN 70.3 Taupõ 2018 and 2019, with a likely surge in interest as athletes look to familiarize themselves with the course and the region. 2018 is already at record levels, with this news set to give numbers another boost.


The announcement was made in Hawaii during the lead up to the 40th anniversary IRONMAN World Championship (this Sunday NZT), brought to you by Amazon.


Taupo District Mayor David Trewavas and IRONMAN Oceania MD Dave  Beeche celebrate at the announcement in Hawaii

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“We are pleased to bring the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship back to the Oceania region,” said Andrew Messick, CEO and President of IRONMAN. “Taupõ is a truly unique and beautiful destination with a local community that has embraced IRONMAN events and the thousands of athletes for 20 years now. We are excited to welcome some of the world’s most elite triathletes to what will no doubt be a fantastic world championship event.”



About the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship

In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new "global rotation" for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. In 2017, the event returned to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and became a two-day race for the first time. More than 185,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races for the championship, a series which consists of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world were registered to compete in this prestigious race. Participants in the ICY HOT® IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship ranged in age from 18 to 85-plus, and represented over 90 countries, territories and regions. In 2018, the event reached the African continent for the first time and was hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. The race will now move to Nice, France for 2019.


NZ’s largest cycling event congratulates Taupo


Following Wanda Sports Holdings recent announcement that the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will be held in Taupo, the team at BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge would like to congratulate all involved, including Taupo District Council, in securing this world recognised event against stiff competition from Perth Australia.

The Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge Trust and BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge management team fully support the Council in welcoming the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event to Taupo.

We congratulate the council on attracting such a world class event to Taupo and look forward to putting together a cooperative plan that ensures that both events are delivered to the highest of standards.

As the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is set to take place on the last week of November 2020, the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge team are pleased to further show their support by changing the event date in 2020 for the first time in what will be by then the 44th annual running of the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge.

The 2020 BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge date will be set after consultation with affected parties and key stakeholders. The two potential dates for 2020 are currently November 14th or December 6th. The preferred date for the 2020 event will be announced in late February 2019.


This year’s BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge will take place on Saturday 24 November with event and entry information available at www.cyclechallenge.com