Ironman China &
Ironman China 70.3
20 April 2008

 

After a long wait Ironman has finally arrived in China. The city of Haikou on China’s tropical Hainan Island has been chosen as the venue for this historic race. In a world first an Ironman and Ironman 70.3 race will be held at the same venue on the same day. The race is an officially licensed event of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and will be sanctioned by CTSA, China’s triathlon association. 50 qualifying slots for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Hawaii will be up for grabs. Go Adventure Asia in cooperation with Thailandmarathon and Team TBB has put together an exclusive travel package for a unique travel experience.

We offer:

  • Online Registration for Ironman China and Ironman China 70.3 (will be available soon!)
  • Accommodation and Travel Packages (will be available soon!)

RACE INFORMATION

Venue:
Haikou, Hainan Island, China.

Distance:
Full Ironman distance
(3.9K swim / 180K bike / 42K run)

Prize Money:
USD $50,000

Entry Fee:
USD $470 -The Entry Fee includes a gift pack and complimentary admission to the Carbo Loading Party and the Awards Banquet. There are no additional processing or registration fees.

Entry deadline: March 31, 2008
The entire entry fee is refundable in full to any applicant not accepted. Any registered competitor who withdraws prior to February 21, 2008 will receive a refund in the amount of $150. No refunds will be offered after February 21, 2008. The Entry Fee is not transferable.

Entry Limit: 1,500 - The total entry for both races (Ironman China and Ironman 70.3 China) is 1500. The final number of Ironman China entries to be accepted depends upon the number of Ironman 70.3 China registrations. With only 300 entries being allocated to Ironman 70.3 China, however, there will be a minimum of 1,200 entries available for Ironman China. (Entry limits for both races will be increased in 2009 and beyond.)

Sanction/License: The race is an officially licensed event of the

World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and will be sanctioned by CTSA, China’s triathlon association. Ironman China features 50 qualifying slots for the Ironman Triathlon World Championships.

Qualifying slots for Kona:
Ironman China offers 50 qualifying slots to the 2008 Ironman Triathlon World Championships in Kona. 45-46 slots will be offered to age group athletes. At least one slot shall be allocated to each five-year age group category in which any age group athlete sends in an application, both male and female, per the age group categories listed above. If there are no athletes entered in the race in a particular age group, then that slot will be moved to the largest populated age group in that same gender. The race organization retains the right to combine age groups for Kona qualifying in the event that very few athletes register in one or more age groups. Final slot allocation will be posted on the event website and at the race site when available. A minimum of 4 slots will be offered to the Pro Divisions (male & female). The race organization reserves the right to assign a 5th slot to the Pro Divisions if warranted by the number of registered pros.

The distribution of all slots is governed by the then current rules and regulations of the World Triathlon Corporation. The race organization reserves the right at any time to re-award any slot due to changes in the final race results or other errors.

Transfer to Ironman 70.3 China:
Athletes wishing to change their registration entry in order to race Ironman 70.3 China may do so by logging on to Active.com and following the procedures specified there. There will be a $50 Transfer Fee charged for this service in addition to the usual fee charged by Active.com to process the 70.3 registration. Athletes electing to transfer to the Ironman China 70.3 race should expect to receive a net reimbursement of $200.

COURSE INFORMATION

Swim: > View Course
The swim course is two 1900m loops. The start is on a public beach located on Binhai Road. The course is a triangle with 1 meter high buoys at the turns. After completing the first loop, swimmers do a short beach run and re-enter the course for the second loop. After completing the second loop, swimmers will run through the swim finish arch and enter the transition area.

Expected swim conditions: Warm, flat water. While the swim course is in the open South China Sea, any significant swell, surf or chop is unlikely.

Bike: > View Course & Elevation
The bike course is two-identical loops of 90 kilometers each. The number of lanes in parentheses indicates the number of traffic lanes expected to be available to cyclists.

Triathletes yearning for wide open spaces will like this bike course. Haikou’s roads are new and extremely wide. Plans call for 2 to 3 full lanes to available to the race on all roads. Traffic will be closely restricted.

The roads comprising the11K climb up to Scenic Crater Park are the exceptions. These are narrow rural roads that cut through two farming villages. There is a short, sharp climb up to the first of these villages, Shi Shan, where the mud brick and rock buildings abut the road making for an exciting passage indeed. The higher village, Doa Tang, is larger and home to the area’s traditional market day. Cyclists passing through Dao Tang on market days will find the village gridlocked with activity.

Run: > View Course & Elevation
The run course is pancake flat except for the bridges. The New Century Bridge is Haikou’s architectural landmark. Full-distance competitors will turn-around at the Bridge’s mid-span three times. 70.3 competitors will reach this turn-around once. Views from the Bridge are stunning in all directions.

Evergreen Park is Haikou’s largest and most popular city park offering cooling sea breezes during the day and a social focal point for the City in the evening. The section on Xin Hua Road will be an event highlight as this road is a very popular shopping area and the road should lined with spectators.

Finish:
The Finish line is located in East-West Lake Park. Runners enter the park through the Datong Street entrance, traverse the traditional arch bridge over the Lake, to the finish line in front of the Park’s monument.

RACE WEEK SCHEDULE (April 16-21, 2008)

Wednesday, April 16  
07:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Swim course open / athlete swim bag check open
06:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Ironman Village open to the public at the swim start / transition area
Thursday, April 17  
07:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Swim course open / athlete swim bag check open
06:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Ironman Village open to the public at the swim start / transition area
05:30 p.m. - 08:00 p.m. Ironman Village open to the public at the swim start / transition area
10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. Athlete Registration at a location to be announced
Friday, April 18  
07:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Swim course open / athlete swim bag check open
06:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Ironman Village open to the public at the swim start / transition area
10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. Athlete Registration at a location to be announced
11:00 a.m. - Noon Pro/Invited athletes press conference at a location to be announced
Noon - 01:00 p.m. "Meet the Pros/Invited athletes" press conference open to all athletes
04:00 p.m. - 06:00 p.m. Ironman Village open to the public
06:00 p.m. Welcome Dinner at a location to be decided
08:00 p.m. VIP Party at a location to be determined
Saturday, April 19  
07:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Swim course open / athlete swim bag check open
06:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Ironman Village open to the public at the swim start / transition area
10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. Athlete Registration at a location to be announced
10:00 a.m. - 04:00 p.m. Athlete Bike and Gear check-in at transition area
10:30 a.m. Pro Athletes Meeting at host hotel
12:00 p.m. Mandatory Athlete Briefing (in English, Chinese & Japanese) at a location to be announced
Sunday, April 20  
05:00 a.m. Transition area opens for athletes for check-in & race numbering
06:30 a.m. Transition area closes for IM athletes
07:00 a.m. Race Starts
07:15 a.m. Transition area opens for 70.3 athletes
07:45 a.m. Lead athlete finishes swim course
08:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m. Race concessions open
08:30 a.m. Transition area closes for 70.3 athletes
09:00 a.m. 70.3 Swim Start
09:20 a.m. IM Swim Course Closes
09:25 a.m. Lead athlete finishes the 70.3 swim course
10:10 a.m. 70.3 Swim Course closes
11:35 a.m. Lead 70.3 athlete finishes the bike course
12:20 p.m. Lead IM athlete finishes the bike course
12:45 p.m. 70.3 Race winner crosses the finish line
01:30 p.m. Bike cut-off (IM athletes not pass 90K mark taken off the course to transition area)
03:10 p.m. Race winner crosses the finish line
04:10 p.m. Women's winner crosses the finish line
05:30 p.m. Bike Course closes (athletes remaining on bike course bused back to transition area)
06:00 p.m. 70.3 Post Race meal at the IM finish line
07:00 p.m. 70.3 Awards at IM finish line
Midnight Race course closes
Monday, April 21  
09:00 a.m. - 04 p.m. Race & Finisher merchandise sales open
09:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Registration for 2008 Ironman World Championship at a location to be announced
10:00 a.m. Results books available at a location to be announced
11:00 a.m. Ironman World Championship Roll Down. Attendance is mandatory to qualify
(absolutely no exceptions!)
Non IM Awards Banquet at a location to be announced

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