The Ironman Group and Cork County Council have announced that an additional IRONMAN® 70.3® Ireland, Cork, will take place next year on August 14, 2021. The race joins the existing IRONMAN Ireland, Cork on August 15, 2021.
Together they will form Ireland’s biggest triathlon weekend, which also includes an IRONKIDS® event on Friday, August 13.
It marks the first time in Irish triathlon history that three events by the IRONMAN Group will be hosted on the same weekend. The inaugural IRONMAN Ireland, Cork event took place in June 2019. The date has since shifted to August.
“Cork and Youghal hold a special place in our hearts ever since the inaugural edition of IRONMAN Ireland, Cork in 2019,” said Declan Byrne, Regional Director IRONMAN UK & Ireland.
“It was a race you had to be there to believe. People didn’t seem to care about the adverse weather conditions – they were out in the street, celebrating, cheering on the athletes and bringing each and every one of them home to the finish line.”
“If there is one place on earth that deserves a massive triathlon festival, it is this one. We are extremely thankful to return to this community on a new date and with an additional event delivering a huge tourism and economic boost to the area.”
It has been estimated that last year’s event had a positive impact of €6.32 million for the region. The addition of IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland, Cork will increase that figure as 1,500 additional athletes are expected to compete over the weekend.
“Both as Mayor of the County of Cork and a proud Youghal resident, I am particularly thrilled to welcome these fantastic athletes and their supporters to my East Cork hometown,” said Councillor Mary Linehan-Foley.
“In 2019, Youghal and East Cork showcased the true meaning of community spirit and all athletes and their supporters can look forward to the same community spirit in August 2021 and during their training visits beforehand.”
Olympian Alistair Brownlee, who won the event in 2019 said that “The support from the locals was unparalleled; the climb on Windmill Hill is tough but became a highlight due to the atmosphere created by the spectators. The crowd support throughout the event is just phenomenal! It provides the motivation you need to get across that finish line.”
“Today’s announcement means that we can all look forward to what promises to be a spectacular and unforgettable weekend in August 2021,” concluded Tim Lucey, CEO of Cork County Council.
“This festival weekend will bring a significant economic boost to the local economy and promote Cork County as an international destination. This will be an event that invests in both people and place and I look forward to what will be an amazing experience for all.”
General registration for IRONMAN Ireland, Cork opened this week at www.ironman.com/im703-