The World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) continues its expansion of the Ironman 70.3 Series with the announcement of two additions to its 2010 event series.
The former Lone Star Half and Mooseman Half Triathlons boast new names as official Ironman 70.3 events. The races, now known as Ironman 70.3 Lone Star and Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, will continue to be produced by race director Keith Jordan and Endorfun Sports and become part of a series that includes nearly 40 races worldwide.
Each Ironman 70.3 race features qualifying slots for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place each November in Clearwater, Florida.
Keith Jordan and his team at Endorfun Sports have been producing events for the last 10 years. Jordan shares his excitement, "Our goal is to offer athletes the best triathlon experience in the world. We look forward to working with the Ironman team and building upon the success of these events."
Ironman 70.3 Lone Star -- Taking place on April 25, 2010, athletes will experience historic Galveston Island, located on the Texas gulf coast. Situated among 242 lush, tropical acres, the Moody Gardens Hotel, Spa & Convention Center will play host to the event. With amenities including a living rainforest, an IMAX 3D Theater, aquarium and four-diamond full-service resort, there is something for the entire family.
The swim will be in saltwater in the protected waters of the Offats Bayou, while the bike course will lead athletes on a flat and scenic ride along the coastline. Athletes will also see a flat run course, as it meanders through tropical gardens and towering glass pyramids.
Ironman 70.3 Mooseman -- Set in Newfound, New Hampshire on June 6, 2010, this event will be the most scenic 70.3 event in New England. The swim will utilize the pristine and fresh waters of Newfound Lake. With average water temperatures hovering around 62 degrees year-round, wetsuits will be permitted. A picturesque bike course will include rolling hills and views of sprawling farmland, quaint villages and the Newfound Lake shoreline. The run course that passes by the majestic Granite Ledges will be an out-and-back format with rolling hills similar to the bike course.
At both events, professional athletes will compete for a $30,000 prize purse. A total of 50 slots for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 will be awarded to top age group and pro finishers.
The addition of these events to the Ironman family builds on the acquisition earlier this year of the 5430 triathlon series. Those events, also now open for registration, include:
LONG BEACH, CA In celebration of its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon will be giving away a host of prizes in a random drawing contest. Anyone registered for any of the marathon events by the contest deadlines (October 1 for mail-in registrations and October 7 for online registrations) will automatically be eligible for the contest drawing. Topping the list of prizes will be 25 Round Trip Travel Certificates on JetBlue Airways, the Official Airline of the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon. Certificates are valid from any JetBlue departure city to any non-stop JetBlue destination city.
Additional prizes include: $250 Prize Package from Clif Bar; $250 Prize Package from Road Runner Sports: $250 Prize Package from Hyatt Regency Hotel Long Beach and ten $25 gift certificates from Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. To be eligible for the prize drawing, participants must register on-line AT www.runlongbeach.com for any 25th Anniversary event before the on-line registration deadline: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 at midnight.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon and Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, Oct. 11. Events include: Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Bike Tour, Bubba Gump Run Forrest Run 5K and Kids 1 Mile Fun Run.
No purchase is necessary for participation in the Sweepstakes Contest. For complete contest rules and registration information on the Long Beach International City Bank Marathon, please visit www.runlongbeach.com or call 562-427-4606.
In addition to our 23 daily trivia contest winners, we also gave away some great prizes to five lucky contestants:
Third Prize: Custom Apparel From Pearl Izumi
Roland Moreno of San Antonio, Texas, will be able follow the Garmin-SlipStream squad in style by sporting Pearl Izumi's custom National Champs Jersey on the bike and ultra swank après ride Track Jacket and Hoodie. He'll also get a Dave Zabriskie 100 percent organic cotton t-shirt. www.pearlizumi.com
Second Prize: Two Team Garmin-Slipstream Club Memberships
Ashraf Abdu of McKinney, Texas, and Donald Chung of Holbrook, New York, are two of the newest members of the Argyle Club. They'll receive official 2009 Garmin-Slipstream team kits, casual wear, sponsor discounts and access to exclusive team events. www.slipstreamsports.com
First Prize: A LOOK Team Cofidis 595 Frameset
Wayne Griffin will soon be riding around his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana, on a new LOOK 595 frame. Compressed carbon dropouts, butted and multishaped tubes, Nanotube infused lugs, the forged carbon bottom bracket, and the integrated seat tube and E Post make this a razor blade on two wheels. www.lookcycle-usa.com
Grand Prize: A Trek Travel Trip for Two to Wine Country
A big congratulations goes to Joey Mahurin of Aspen, Oklahoma. He and a guest will experience some of the world's best cycling as they tour Northern California's famous Wine Country. From challenging hills to leisurely loops, each day's ride offers a sensory experience like no other. After spending time in the saddle taking in the panoramic views, riders are presented with exquisite cuisine specially pared with the region's world-class wine--all under the expert eyes of the Trek Travel guides. www.TrekTravel.com
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