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AKIPRESS.COM - IRONMAN long-distance triathlon will be held for the first time in Astana in 2018, IRONMAN announced.
The inaugural race will take place on June 17, 2018 and marks IRONMAN’s first entry into Central Asia.Athletes will begin their race with a single-loop 1.9-km swim in the Ishim river. Start and finish of the swim course will be located at the aptly named Astana Triathlon Park. The water temperature is expected to be between 20 and 24 degrees Celsius during race week.
Athletes will then continue onto the two-loop 90.1-km bike course which will lead through the modern architecture of the Astana government district which includes the President’s palace and the Parliament. Parts of the bike course will lead along the Ishim river. The race will finish with a three-loop 21.1-km run course at the Astana Triathlon Park.
IRONMAN 70.3 Astana will offer 50 age-group qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship being held in Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
"Long-distance triathlon is becoming increasingly popular worldwide and our country is no exception. We are ready for the next stage of developing the sport under the IRONMAN brand. I wish fair wind and light feet to everyone and let the best win,” said Karim Massimov, President of the Triathlon Federation of Kazakhstan.