The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will make history, opening doors to women in sport in a new way.
Debuting at this year's IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee is a split event featuring a women's-only race on Saturday, September 9th and a men's-only race on Sunday, September 10th.
To help celebrate this move forward and support Women For Tri, IRONMAN has increased participation in the women's field and will showcase the high caliber of age-group competitors. Using a proportional distribution of additional spots by age-group rankings, the top women in the sport (who had not already qualified) were invited to participate in the event. An additional 290 women were selected to toe the start line in Chattanooga this weekend, making up a field of over 1,700 women at Saturday's race.
Since 2012, overall female participation numbers increased for IRONMAN events and have held steady since 2015, while IRONMAN 70.3 events have seen an increase of 11.3 percent. As of June 15, 2017, current year participation is on track to exceed 2016. Overall, female participation in IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events has nearly doubled since 2012.
Among the inspiring women heading to Chattanooga to represent Women for Tri are:
- Cori James, a tattoo artist in Atlanta, Ga. who suffered from an eating disorder for a number of years. "When I found tri, I found self-love," she says. "I found my passion and I can't believe I've gone from slowly starving myself to death to qualifying for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship."
- Denise Kloeppel, a retired USAF officer Colonel and breast cancer survivor who served 26 years and was deployed after 911.
- Katharine Budd, the UAE-based co founder of NOW Money, a mobile banking app for low-income people, and sponsored by Adventure HQ and BMC.
Women For Tri events at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship include a Women For Tri panel discussion on Friday, September 8 with pros, AG athletes, Women For Tri advisors and ambassadors and a special Women For Tri After-Party following the race from 7:30-9:30PM on Saturday, September 9.
About Women for Tri
To date, the Women For Tri closed Facebook group is an online global community of 30,000 women, supporting each other, answering questions and sharing their triathlon journeys.
Originally from: http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/news/articles/2017/09/chattanooga-race-to-celebrate-women-in-triathlon.aspx#ixzz4roqQqoUy