IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo 2019 in February | Sunday Observer

IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo 2019 in February

Following the success of Sri Lanka’s first ever IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo triathlon in February, organisers Pro-Am Serendib and Hayleys Tours said that Colombo’s prestigious city hotels were again signing as Partner Hotels for the triathlon that is to take place early next year. As was the case with the inaugural event, the Shangri La Colombo again returns as Host Hotel to IRONMAN 70.3 while The Kingsbury, Hilton Colombo, Taj Samudra, Cinnammon Lakeside, Cinnammon Grand, Movenpick Colombo, Galle Face Hotel, Hotel Galadari, Fairway Colombo, Ramada Colombo, Ozo Colombo, Steuart by Citrus and Colombo City Hotel will serve as Partner Hotels to the event.

“Given the outstanding success of our inaugural event in February, we are expecting an even stronger turnout from local and international athletes. We are all excited to keep this legendary event returning to our shores, and our Partner Hotels are absolutely vital to help us replicate and build on the success of the inaugural 2018 event,” Hayleys Tours Director Amith Sumanapala said at a media briefing. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Colombo attracted over 880 participants and over 2,300 friends and families from 63 countries, and foreign exchange contributions close to USD 3 million.

As in its first year, the event will be jointly organised by Pro-Am Serendib with official travel partner, Hayleys Tours and public sector organisations including the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Ministry of Tourism.

To ensure a smooth and enjoyable stay for guests and participants, all accommodation partners will be offering special rates for IRONMAN participants obtainable through Hayleys Tours, in addition to other special rates on complimentary value additions such as discounts on F&B, spa services and laundry. IRONMAN 70.3, which is also dubbed as Half IRONMAN, is part of a series of long distance triathlon races held globally, which was initiated by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).

The ‘70.3’ in this segment denotes the total distance (113.0 km) covered in the race and consists of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each of these distances, comprising the swim, bike, and run segments adds up to half the distance of that segment in an IRONMAN triathlon.The triathlon, which will be organised as an age-group only race, will offer 30 qualifying slots for the forthcoming 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship due to take place in Nice, France.