With more than 2,800 athletes expected on Sunday 30 September, the organisers of ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta, one of the most scenic events on the global Ironman 70.3 circuit, have confirmed that the event is now sold out.
This hitting capacity for the Augusta, Georgia, event also follows a sell-out for last year’s Ironman 70.3 Augusta.
In 2011, the Augusta Sports Council and Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) confirmed a three-year extension of the 2009 agreement to continue the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition through to 2014. Since it first took place in 2009, the event has contributed significantly to the local economy and has built a strong following with US-based and international triathletes.
On race day this September, athletes will start their swimming with the current and ‘should anticipate record breaking times’ as they venture 1.2 miles in a point-to-point swim in the Savannah River. Located at the Augusta Rowing Complex, athletes will enter transition and prepare to start their single-loop, 56-mile bike ride throughout Georgia and into the countryside of South Carolina.
The hilly terrain of this one-loop course will spread out the field and be a true test of stamina. Lined with spectators, athletes can expect to be cheered on from start to finish of the 13.1-mile, two-loop run throughout downtown Augusta. Participants will conclude their day with a strong finish on the finish line at Broad Street, adjacent to Augusta Commons.
Established in 1736, Augusta is not only one of Georgia’s oldest cities, but also a historical remnant resulting from the most revolutionary chapter in American history. Offering its guests tours throughout the city, authentic southern cuisine, access to the boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson, and the sight of majestic antebellum mansions, Augusta is a beautiful metropolis of both classical and contemporary culture.
The Scott Rigsby Foundation is the exclusive charity partner of Ironman 70.3 Augusta. Athletes who register through the Ironman Foundation’s ‘Your Journey, Your Cause’ program will have the opportunity to join Operation IRONFREEDOM and raise funds to support the health and wellness, education and employment needs of US troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.
By joining Operation IRONFREEDOM, athletes may designate their allegiance to one of the five military branches: Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy or National Guard. Those who raise a minimum of US$750 get a free tri-kit honouring their military team.