Traverse City to host 'Ironman' triathlon event in 2019


TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. – A triathlon that will be part of the Ironman 70.3 series has been scheduled for next summer in Traverse City.

The race will be Aug. 25, 2019, in the northern Michigan resort town.

Officials say the course layout is still being designed. But early plans have the 1.2-mile (1.9-kilometer) swim portion of the event taking place around Lake Michigan’s West Grand Traverse Bay.

The 56-mile (90.1-kilometer) bike course will take in some of the region’s famed cherry farms, while the 13.1-mile (21.1-kilometer) run course will wind along the lake and through the downtown area.

The Traverse City event will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots for the 2020 Ironman 70.3 World Championship, along with a professional prize purse and two professional qualifying slots.

Registration begins Sept. 25.