The Ironman Triathlon returns to Des Moines on Sunday; extension until 2025 announced

The Ironman Triathlon returns to Des Moines on Sunday. Ironman announced on Wednesday that it has extended its return deal to Des Moines through 2025. Photo from Ironman 2021 courtesy of Catch Des Moines.

The Ironman Group and Catch Des Moines announced Wednesday that they have agreed to a three-year extension to bring Ironman events to Des Moines through 2025.

The announcement came as the city completes preparations to host the Ironman North American Championship in Des Moines on Sunday. He will return to a half-distance Ironman 70.3 triathlon in June 2023.

Des Moines first hosted an Ironman triathlon last year after a two-year delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Elizabeth O’Brien, North American general manager of the Ironman Group, said the community has rallied around Ironman athletes and the event since it first came to Des Moines in 2019.

“We are thrilled with today’s announcement that Ironman will be in Des Moines for the next three years and we also look forward to celebrating all of this weekend’s North American Championship accomplishments at the North American Championship. 2022 Certified Piemontese Beef Ironman Des Moines,” O’Brien said.

Greg Edwards, CEO and President of Catch Des Moines, said the organization is “fired up to run back-to-back Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events and show Des Moines ranks among the best.”

“This announcement of a three-year extension shows the commitment of all of our communities, whether it’s Des Moines and West Des Moines or our passionate triathlon community, to bring world-class events like this to the subway.” , did he declare.

This weekend’s event will include swimming, cycling and a run.

Swimming will be at Gray’s Lake. The bike will start at Water Works Park and cycle through West Des Moines, Dallas County, Madison County, Winterset, and Warren County before ending at Water Works Park.

Runners will pass through Gray’s Lake Park, the Court Avenue District, Water Works Park, Lauridsen Amphitheater and John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park. The course will consist of three loops with the finish line on Court Avenue.

More than 1,500 competitors are expected.

According to Catch Des Moines, the Ironman event is expected to generate $8 million in revenue for the community this weekend.

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