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Ironman Europe: demand at an all-time high

first_imgThe team at Ironman Europe has issued a release stating that the iconic Ironman series of events is on track for a record-breaking 2014: 7 out of the 10 Ironman full distance races in Europe have sold out in record time. There are now only limited spaces available at Ironman Wales (Tenby, 14 September 2014), Ironman Switzerland (Zurich, 27 July) and the recently announced Ironman Mallorca, (Alcudiá, 27 September).The trend for racing Ironman, comprising the long distance 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, has seen a sharp rise in participation. Ironman Europe notes over 45,000 athletes racing in 2013, up 12% on last year.Following such strong double digit growth, the Ironman Europe team has responded to demand by expanding its European race series for 2014 – with the addition of Ironman Mallorca (Alcudiá, 27 September) and Ironman Copenhagen (24 August), which saw the fastest sell out of all European events in 6 hours.Kevin Stewart, Managing Director Ironman UK & Ireland commented, “It’s been fantastic to see such huge growth in the number of athletes wanting to race Ironman in the UK and abroad. It is very likely all three UK events will be sold out by Christmas. The UK has the largest number of participants racing both on home and European soil with over 8,000 competing. We look forward to welcoming athletes of all levels of ability to our events in 2014 and to offering them both a world-class and unforgettable race experience.” With general entries for only three European events remaining – Wales, Zurich and Mallorca – organisers are urging athletes thinking of racing Ironman in 2014 to enter soon to secure their slot.Ironman Wales only has 200 general entries left. Whilst reputedly one of the toughest on the European circuit, it attracts international participation. In 2013 athletes represented some 44 countries – all descending on the spectacular setting and phenomenal atmosphere of Pembrokeshire, which Ironman Wales has become renowned for.The IM Wales event also offers athletes the opportunity to qualify early for the 2015 Ironman World Championships in Kona Hawaii, enabling them to then spend over 12 months fully preparing for it.Ironman Switzerland is set in the heart of Zurich – one of Europe’s most beautiful cities – with the 2,700 participating athletes taking in the breath-taking countryside and lakeside setting.New to the European calendar for 2014, Ironman Mallorca, builds on the success of the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 event and promises to deliver the same stunning course in and around the Alcudiá mountains that this beautiful island offers. Over 2,000 athletes are expected to complete in next year’s inaugural event.Online entry is available for all events. Guaranteed entries are also available through Nirvana Europe, or for athletes looking to enter Ironman Wales whilst also raising money for a great cause, Official Charities Scope or Macmillan Cancer Support also have guaranteed entries available. For further information athletes can contact the charities directly via events[at]scope.org.uk or triathlon[at]macmillan.org.uk.www.ironman.com Relatedlast_img read more