Ironman Coeur d’Alene will move to August starting next year, while a half-Ironman event will be added on the June weekend when the rigorous triathlon has traditionally been held.
Ironman said the full triathlon will be held on Aug. 21 next year. Besides changing the date, the new agreement extends Ironman’s run in Coeur d’Alene until 2020. It debuted in 2003 as part of the Ironman series to qualify competitors for the world championship in Hawaii.
Moving the date will mean Ironman competitors will face warmer water in the first part of the race, the two-loop swim in Lake Coeur d’Alene.
The half-triathlon, called Ironman 70.3, will be held on June 26. It will become the 34th race in the Ironman 70.3 series. It features the same course as Ironman Coeur d’Alene, but is half as long. Ironman says the shorter distances open the triathlon experience to a broader audience.
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