2005 Ironman World Champion Faris Al-Sultan makes his Singapore debut while reigning AIM 70.3 female champion Caroline Steffen is likely to defend her crown
(Singapore, 25 January 2011) – The battle for supremacy among the world’s best in triathlon looks set to heat up at the fifth edition of the Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore Triathlon this March. 2005 Ironman World Champion Faris Al-Sultan, who will be making his Singapore debut, and defending AIM 70.3 Singapore female champion Caroline Steffen, will light up the elite field that is looking to gain ground in the global World Triathlon Championship qualifying points race.
The AIM 70.3 Singapore is a qualifying race for the 2011 Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Las Vegas. Taking place on 20 March 2011 at East Coast Park, Singapore’s major international triathlon will see both top seeds and new faces pushing themselves to achieve personal bests as they swim 1.9km, ride 90km and run a half marathon (21km) to complete the gruelling race.
New Race Route & City Expo
Triathletes will be gunning to better their race timings with a slightly revised race route this year.
Competitors will get to compete on a flatter race route, with the start and end point of the Bike route at Carpark F2 of East Coast Park. The 90.km bike route (3 loops) will take triathletes along East Coast Park, biking past Lagoon Food Village and National Sailing Centre. For the running leg of the race, triathletes will be running the 21km distance (2 loops) along East Coast Park Service Road, Changi Coast Road alongside Changi Airport, down Changi Beach Park towards Changi Air Base and Changi Coastal Walk. The 1.9km swim leg of the race remains.
For the first time, the Race Expo will take place in the city, at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre on 18 & 19 March.
Please note that each leg of the race has a time limit as shown below:
Swim – 1.9kms – Cut off is 1:10 after your wave start in the swim.
Bike – 90.1kms – Cut off is 5:00 after your original wave start, (with an intermediate cut-off after lap 2 to ensure on time road re-opening.
Run – 21.1kms – Cut off at the finish is 8:30 after your original wave start.
Participants who are looking for a team to compete in the Team Relay category can also contact event organizer Hi-Tri Singapore, who will help to match individuals to teams.
All triathletes have to be of a minimum age of 18 years old, as of 31 December 2011.
Prize money of up to USD15,000 is up for grabs for Pro Athletes. Winners of each age group will also qualify for the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA in September this year.
(Info courtesy of IMSG)