Southeast Asia's premier iron-distance triathlon, the Bintan MetaMan Iron Distance Triathlon is set to take a huge leap as it morphed into the Swiss-Belhotel IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan following the growth in popularity of IRONMAN triathlon in the Asia-Pacific region. Set in the beautiful settings of Bintan Island in the Riau Islands Province, the inaugural race will take place on 23rd August 2015.
The event will also be one of the first qualifying races for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to be held in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
The course for IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan, Indonesia will take athletes on an impressive journey around Bintan Island. The event will begin with the 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim in calm and clear waters, even giving athletes a view of the ocean floor as they begin their IRONMAN journeys. Next, athletes will embark on a scenic one-lap, 56-mile (90 km) bike course on smooth, wide roads. Finally, a spectator-friendly, three-lap 13.1-mile (21 km) run course tops off this spectacular event.
IRONMAN 70.3 Bintan, Indonesia will be open to relay teams and will also include an IRONKIDS event as well as shorter AquaBike and Bintan Blitz distances available for individual adults or relay teams. Participating athletes and sportsmen will be competing for a total prize of US$25,000 professional prize purse and 40 age-group qualifying slots for the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Australia.
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