The Augusta Sports Council and World Triathlon Corporation announced today a three-year extension to continue the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition through 2014.
Billed as the "World's Largest Ironman Event," the race was first held in Augusta in 2009. A sellout field of more than 3,000 participants is expected once again for this year's race, which is scheduled for Sept. 25.
The Augusta Sports Council is the host for the event, and race management is provided by the World Triathlon Corporation.
"Hosting the ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta has been a historic benchmark for the Augusta Sports Council" said Brinsley Thigpen, chief executive director. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with such a well-known elite sports brand."
Introduced in 2006, the Ironman 70.3 Series has grown to include more than 50 events, offering races around the world that qualify athletes for the Marine Corps Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Henderson, Nev.
Ironman 70.3 races consist of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike and a 13.1-mile (half marathon) run, which adds up to 70.3 miles of total racing.
Race registration for the 2011 ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta is still open for participants. For additional information, visit www.ironmanaugusta.com or contact the Augusta Sports Council at (706) 722-8326.