The Hanseatic city is to host the Ironman Hamburg contest on August 13th, 2017, Ironman, a company of Wanda Sports Holding and the city of Hamburg announced Thursday (September 15th). The race consists of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bicycle ride and a marathon 42.20 km run, raced in that order and without a break. The event is in addition to the Ironman European Championship to be held in Frankfurt am Main next year.
Speaking to reporters, Andy Grote, Senator for Sports, said: “We are delighted to see another top-quality endurance sports event like Ironman Hamburg coming to the Hanseatic city. This perfect, last, building brick means all the big endurance sports after marathon and triathlon are being held at the highest level in Hamburg. That is unique internationally.”
Christian Toetzke, Managing Director of Ironman Germany, added: “Hamburg and its enthusiasm for sports over three decades has seen it become an important venue for endurance sports events – and there is great demand especially for triathlon. So it is only logical to position another top event here.” A concept for the event and route will be worked out and approved over the coming months.
Under a provisional route, the Alster quay near Jungfernstieg would be the start of the 3.8 kilometre-swimming course that would run through the inner and outer Alster. When the athletes switch for the 180-kilometre bike race, they would race two rounds in HafenCity around Köhlbrandbrücke and in the south of the Hamburg Metropolitan Region. The concluding 42.195-kilometre marathon course includes four rounds of the inner and outer Alster. The finish line would be at Rathausmarkt.
2,500 athletes expected
Hamburg’s cityscape features many public parks and watercourses especially the Alster and the city is one of the biggest in Europe. Unique opportunities like swimming in the Alster, cycling through HafenCity or running along the banks of the Alster are available. Over 2,500 athletes and hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected at Ironman Hamburg on August 13, 2017. Registration for the contest starts on September 23, 2016 on: www.ironman.com/hamburg.
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