After three years with no Ironman Japan on the World Triathlon Corporation race schedule, the company announced today that it will return for 2013. The race is set for Aug. 31, 2013 and will hand out 50 Kona qualifying spots and a $25,000 pro prize purse.
Located in Hokkaido, Northern Japan, the reintroduction of Ironman in Japan offers a scenic and challenging race that will start and finish in the town of Toyako Onsen (Lake Toya Hot Spring Town).
Geoff Meyer, CEO Ironman Asia-Pacific is delighted to see the return of Ironman Japan in a country that has a long history of endurance sports and Ironman racing.
“After a three-year hiatus, it’s fantastic to be back. The new location promises a spectacular race experience,” he says. “The venue in Hokkaido is going to offer something very different to athletes looking for a destination race. The stand out attraction is the bike course where over the course of the 180km athletes will have multiple views of the imposing Mt. Yotei.”