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Tuesday, 18 November 2014

"IRONMAN 70.3 Pula" Taking Place In Croatia In September 2015

Scene from an IRONMAN event held last year in Aukland, New Zealand. Image:

This is pretty cool news worth mentioning and which should help more people to know where Croatia is and what goes on. This popular IRONMAN 70.3 series of endurance races that take place at various locations around the world are well known, and now Croatia has officially been added on to the world tour. The "70.3" refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. This reminds me of the Red Bull Air Race event that took place earlier this year in April, which was a total success. (More about that HERE and HERE)

You see these Ironman triathlon events on television quite regularly if you come across any of the various sports channels. (I'm personally not a triathlon athlete, being on my gold medal winning high school long distance track team is the extent of my endurance sports experience) All the info is below and there's not much more for me to add, except maybe that since you'll experience some Croatian beach time and awesome fresh Croatian seafood dishe and local delicacies while there, so even if you lose you still win. If you are an IRONMAN athlete or think you have what it takes to achieve the glory and fame of winning an official IRONMAN® 70.3® triathlon event, then this is your chance for immortality. Contact and registration details are in the articles. Some related Pula links at the bottom.


IRONMAN Add Croatia as New Race Venue

After the swimming and cycling portion through the town and surrounding countryside, the spectacular climax to this Ironman 70.3 triathlon will be at the finish line located inside the Pula Amphitheatre.


IRONMAN have added Croatia to its series of races. The Istrian city of Pula now joins just a handful of places around the world which hold the gruelling event…

An IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation consisting of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bicycle ride and a marathon 42.2 km run, and is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Pula, and Croatia, will host an IRONMAN series event for the first time on 20 September 2015 when the 70.3 Pula takes place.

Most IRONMAN events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon within these timings becomes an IRONMAN.

Ironman officially launches Ironman 70.3 Pula, Croatia 

Pen beach in Pula, one of the local beaches that will be the starting point for the triathlon. Image:


TAMPA/PULA/HANAU – On Nov 12th, 2014 IRONMAN and the city Pula, Croatia are delighted to announce the official launch of the IRONMAN® 70.3® Pula triathlon. The inaugural race will take place on September 20, 2015.

Pula is situated on the beautiful Adriatic coast and on the south of the Istrian peninsula in a well-protected bay, known by its Latin name Pietas Iulia. Pula is a city with numerous ruins from ancient times, where nearly every stone has a story to tell. Legend says that Colchis seafarers in search of the Golden Fleece established Pula some 3,000 years ago.

We are very pleased to welcome IRONMAN to the beautiful country of Croatia. As the mayor of Pula, I am very proud that Pula and the region of Istria will host this race and its athletes and we will make every effort to help them feel right at home. We wish all the athletes the best of luck for a successful and enjoyable race,” said Boris Miletic, Mayor of Pula.

Athletes will swim in the pristine waters of the protected coastal bay which was given the Blue Flag award. The fast one loop bike course passes through several small picturesque villages, old cypresses avenues and inland vineyards and makes its way back to the marina of Pula. The relatively flat three-lap run course will lead athletes through the historic 3,000 year old town of Pula, including attractions such as the Augustus temple and the triumphal arc. The finish line will be in the Pula Amphitheater – a first in the history of IRONMAN.

“We are continuously looking to add more opportunities for our athletes to experience an IRONMAN race in Europe. Pula is a great new addition to the 2015 IRONMAN European Tour and we look forward to an exciting race in the beautiful region of Istria,” adds Thomas Dieckhoff, CEO of IRONMAN Europe and  MiddleEast&Africa."

IRONMAN 70.3 Pula will offer 30 age group slots to the 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Click HERE for General registration for the IRONMAN 70.3 Pula and click HERE for more information about Pula.

2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Pro Recap

Croatian city of Pula to host new Ironman 70.3 race

It should look cool as the cycling and marathon portions of the triathlon will also pass through the old quarter streets of Pula. The finish line will be the exciting climax and located inside the Pula Amphitheatre. Image:


If you’re looking for a new middle distance race in sunny European climes then search no more – Ironman has just launched a 70.3 race for 2015 in the ancient Croatian city of Pula.

Pula sits on the south of the Istrian peninsula in a well-protected bay on the Adriatic coast. It counts ancient ruins aplenty thanks to its 3,000-year history including the Roman-built Pula Amphitheatre, which will host the finish line – a first for Ironman races.

The race will start on 20 September with a swim in the Blue Flag-awarded bay, followed by a fast one-loop bike course through several small picturesque villages and vineyards before making its way back to the marina of Pula.

The relatively flat three-lap run course will lead athletes through the town past attractions such as the Augustus temple and the triumphal arc and towards a finish in the amphitheatre.

It will also offer 30 age-group slots to the 2016 Ironman 70.3 World Championships, being held in Australia’s Sunshine Coast in September 2016 as part of a week-long triathlon festival.

General registration for Ironman 70.3 Pula 2015 will open today HERE .

Related previous posts: festival-visualia-2014-3d-projection-pula





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