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Ironman 70.3 Saipan registrants jump 50% over 1st year

(Press Release) — Next Saturday’s (Oct. 27) IRONMAN 70.3 Saipan in The Marianas has a 50 percent increase in registrants over last year, showing great growth potential for the world-class race event in this western Pacific archipelago that brands itself as a “sports paradise.”

Exactly 281 athletes representing 23 world-wide countries and territories have registered for the event, which saw 181 participants who ran at the inaugural race in 2017.

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An athlete runs the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Saipan at Paupau Beach on March 11, 2017. Over 280 athletes have registered for Ironman 70.3 Saipan to be held on Oct. 27, 2018, in The Marianas.  Contributed photo

“IRONMAN is a brand with worldwide recognition, and thanks to advanced and consistent promotions by our partner organizer Kiyokazu Fitness Club of Japan and our overseas offices, we have attracted a strong and diverse representation of athletes for IRONMAN 70.3 Saipan next weekend,” said Marianas Visitors Authority  Managing Director Christopher A. Concepcion.

“This is an accomplishment the entire community can take pride in, and we encourage residents to show their IRONMAN spirit on race day by cheering for athletes, coming out to the finish line, driving carefully on race morning, and extending the warm island hospitality that The Marianas is known for.”

Registered competitors hail from Japan (86), China (44), Guam (32), Republic of Korea (25), USA (19), France (13), Hong Kong (11), Taiwan (10), Australia (8), United Kingdom (8), Singapore (6), Philippines (5), Spain (3), and Macau (2), with additional registrants from Belgium, Bangladesh, Canada, Germany, Monaco, Marshall Is., Malaysia.

Ironman 70.3 Saipan will offer 30 age qualifying slots for the 2019 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France. An Ironman 70.3 is one of a series of long distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation. Half the length of an Ironman, Ironman 70.3 features a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run.

This year’s race will also feature a new course. The race will begin with the swim course of two loops in the crystal-clear waters of Micro Beach at American Memorial Park, which will also be the transition site for the three-loop bike route to the quiet nature and historic and scenic sites of Marpi. The mainly flat, two-loop run course follows the western lagoon of the island from Micro Beach to the MVA office in San Jose and back.

“The course location of Ironman 70.3 Saipan is the most beautiful all over the world,” said KFC President Kiyozaku Onishi.

Major sponsors include Hyatt Regency Saipan, Powerade/Coca Cola/Foremost, DFS Saipan Limited, and Imperial Pacific International CNMI LLC. Supporters include American Memorial Park, Dept. of Public Safety/Boating Safety, Div. of Parks and Recreation, Dept. of Public Works (Roads and Grounds, Dept. of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, Hawaiian Rock Products, and MARPAC.