Panaji: The Triathletes from 30 countries, some as far-flung as Argentina, Australia and US, will join a large number of Indian counterparts in the country’s biggest and truly international endurance race, the IRONMAN 70.3 India, being held in Goa on October 8, the organisers said on Thursday.
The event would be held for the second time in Goa for the consecutive year. The race will begin from Miramar beach near Panaji on October 8.
Jeff Edwards, CEO and MD of IRONMAN Asia in presence of Deepak Raj, race Director and franchise owner of the IRONMAN brand and others were present in Goa on Thursday to unveil the jersey and medals of this endurance race.
“The latest edition of IRONMAN 70.3 India will pay homage to Goan icon and Padma Vibhushan awardee, the late Mario Miranda, with the latter’s trademark artwork featuring on the winners’ medals,” the organisers said.
They said that the gruelling race kicks off with a 1.9 km swim off the beautiful Miramar beach in Goa, followed by a demanding 90 km bicycle ride and culminating with a half-marathon run covering 21.1 km.
Talking to reporters, Deepak Raj said that the athletes from all six habitable continents – North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Australia and Asia – have registered to participate in this prestigious event, showcasing its international acclaim. “Since its inception, athletes from 50 countries have participated in the IRONMAN 70.3 India event in Goa,” he said.
Raj said that as far as international registrations are concerned, we have received entries from the UK, US, the Russian Federation and even far-flung nations like Bolivia, South Africa, Argentina, Estonia and New Zealand.