Beginning in 2011, the Ironman World Championship 70.3 will move to Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., located just minutes away from the Las Vegas Strip. Since its inception in 2006, the championship race in the global Ironman 70.3 Series has been held in Clearwater, Fla. More than 1,800 domestic and international competitors will earn the right to compete in the Ironman World Championship 70.3 by qualifying at an Ironman 70.3 event.
The race begins with a 1.2-mile swim in Lake Las Vegas at Lake Las Vegas Resort. Next, athletes will embark on a challenging 56-mile bike through Lake Mead National Recreation Area that includes several steep climbs. Participants will finish with a 13.1-mile run through Henderson's scenic residential areas with views of the Las Vegas Strip.
More than 60,000 athletes will participate in the Ironman 70.3 Series in 2011, which consists of nearly 50 events in locations such as China, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Participants in the World Championship will range in age from 18 to 70-plus and will represent all 50 states and nearly 50 countries. Each age group winner at the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3 will automatically qualify for the 2012 event. The Ironman World Championship 70.3 will offer a prize purse of $100,000 for distribution among the top professional male and female finishers. More than 2,500 volunteers from the local community will support the event.For more information, visit the official website.