Athletes from as far away as Saudi Arabia and New Zealand are preparing to make the journey to Staffordshire to take part in the 3rd annual IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon.
Nearly 2,200 competitors have signed up to take part in the race, which takes place on June 18 this year.
Although the majority of athletes signed come from the British Isles, the competition has seen athletes from Poland, Senegal, Angola, Lithuania, Hong Kong and Iran signing up to take part.
Whilst males dominate the entry field to IRONMAN 70.3 Staffordshire, 24% of athletes are female, which is highest number of entries across all UK & Ireland IRONMAN events. The entry age range varies from a youthful 18 to a sprightly 74, with 39% of entries being in the 40 to 50 bracket.
Just under half of the competitors will be completing an IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon for the first time, which comprises of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run.
Helen Riley, Deputy Chief Executive and Director for Families and Communities said:
“Over the past two years we have seen IRONMAN bring so many people together from different backgrounds, each with the same goal of completing one of the toughest challenges there is.
“I’m also pleased to see so many people coming to Staffordshire from across the world, taking up the chance to see our county at its best. Hopefully they will enjoy their stay here, and take the opportunity to see just what Staffordshire has to offer.”
As in previous years, the event will start at Chasewater and pass through Cannock Chase, before culminating at Shugborough for the final time. The finishing line will move to a new home in 2018.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland, said:
“It is fantastic to see so many athletes from around the globe coming to Staffordshire year on year for our opening race of the UK season. We look forward to welcoming all the athletes, IRONKIDS and spectators lining the course in Staffordshire and Shugbrough over the weekend.”
Entries are still open for competitors and IRONKIDS looking to take up the challenge. To find out more and online entry visit: ironman.com/staffordshire70.3