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Race to serve as 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship

Posted from Catch Des Moines's post on June 24th 2019

IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Group company, is excited to announce that Des Moines, Iowa has been selected as a new multi-year host venue, beginning with Des Moines hosting the 2020 IRONMAN® 70.3® North American Championship. Certified Piedmontese Beef will serve as the title partner for the new triathlon taking place on June 21, 2020. General registration for the inaugural Certified Piedmontese IRONMAN 70.3 North American Championship Des Moines triathlon will open on Tuesday, July 9 with more information available at www.ironman.com/desmoines70.3.

“We are excited to have a first-class city like Des Moines, Iowa join the IRONMAN 70.3 series of events,” said Shane Facteau, Chief Operations Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “As we went through a process to identify new host cities in the Central United States, the response that we witnessed by our athletes and the local Des Moines community was incredible. Couple this with the experience that the city brings with hosting championship events and it was the right opportunity to add Des Moines to the IRONMAN `Ohana. From the beautiful Gray’s Lake Park and Water Works Park, Des Moines and the surrounding areas has a great deal to offer and we look forward to our future here.”

Iowa’s capital city and its surrounding communities boast big amenities in a safe and accessible location. Greater Des Moines provides all the adventure and reward of a high-profile city without the inflated cost. Cultural events and festivals coupled with bike trails, parks, and lakes give residents and visitors of all ages plenty to do and see in Des Moines. Getting to the metro is easy from virtually any location worldwide as seven airlines service the Des Moines International Airport. Additionally, a quarter of the U.S. population is within a one-day drive. More than 13,000 hotel rooms and 1,000 locally owned restaurants greet visitors as they arrive to enjoy the area. Des Moines was also recently recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a top-five place to live in the United States.

“Like any great sports drama, this journey was filled with intrigue, teamwork and ultimately ended with a championship,” said Greg Edwards, President & CEO of Catch Des Moines. “The passion and commitment of our community was on full display during this journey. We are thrilled to be entering into a multi-year agreement with IRONMAN, and excited for the impact it will have on our region.”

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