(Tarpon Springs, FL) August 3, 2007 – The inaugural event will serve as a global qualifier for the Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3.
“In addition to its challenging course, this event will provide athletes with an opportunity to enjoy all the beauty that Chile has to offer. Ironman greats such as Lisa Bentley have been drawn to this event and we look forward to further enhancing that list of athletes in 2008,” says Ironman 70.3 Pucon Race Director, Pedro Arriagada Stuven.
The race course will incorporate Pucon’s most scenic areas, to include views of the spectacular Villarrica Volcano and Palguin Hot Springs. The two-loop swim will take place in Villarrica Lake while a two-loop bike course will take athletes on the International Road with several picturesque backdrops. Athletes will complete three laps on the run course with tough ascents to Pucon’s Peninsula before they reach the cheers of spectators in Pucon’s downtown center.
Ironman 70.3 Events Director, Steve Meckfessel says, "Our sport's most accomplished long-course athletes have been drawn to Pucon's beauty and challenging course since the late 1980s. Pucon now ushers in a new era as the kick-off event in the 2008 Ironman 70.3 Series. We're thrilled to welcome Pedro Arriagada Stuven and his staff into the Ironman family of events."
Ironman 70.3 Pucon will consist of a 1.2 mile/1.9km swim, a 56 mile/90km bike and a 13.1 mile/21.1km run. There will be a professional prize purse of $25,000 as well as 30 slots to next year’s Ford Ironman World Championship 70.3 taking place on November 8, 2008 in Clearwater, FL.
For more information on the Ironman 70.3 Series, visit www.ironman.com or contact Steve Meckfessel at [email protected]. Details relating to Ironman 70.3 Pucon are available at www.triathlonpucon.com or by contacting the event organizer at [email protected]. Media-related inquiries can be directed to Blair LaHaye at [email protected] or Jessica Weidensall at [email protected]. Both may be reached at 727-942-4767.