Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire takes place on Sunday 9 June 2019
Established in 2015, the event quickly grew to become the biggest Ironman 70.3 race in the UK. Nearly 8,000 competitors take part since while the race has also attracted some of the UK and the world’s best professional athletes.
Now in its fifth year, the new run course becomes the first major alteration of the current version of the event since moving from Shugborough Estate to Stafford town centre in 2018. The full event consists of a 1.2-mile swim at Chasewater Country Park, followed by a 56-mile bike through the Staffordshire countryside and Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, finishing with a 13.1-mile run through Stafford town centre, now also taking in Stafford Castle.
Over 2,500 athletes are expected to take part in the race on Sunday 9 June.
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The economic benefits of hosting Ironman
The Ironman 70.3 Staffordshire event looks to incorporate Staffordshire tourist attractions including; Chasewater, Cannock Chase and Stafford Town Centre with:
- An estimated £1.4 million being spent on food and accommodation by competitors
- Spectators spending around £1 million
- Around £180,000 being spent with local suppliers who contribute to the successful running of the event
- An estimated £273,000 spent in the area on course recces and training camps throughout the whole year.