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9TH Annual IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans race to take place Saturday, October, 22, 2017; General registration opens November 10, 2016

NEW ORLEANS,  La. (Nov. 10, 2016) Premier Event Management officially announced today that the IRONMAN® 70.3® New Orleans race will move from its former April date to October, with a new event date on October 22, 2017. The race will keep its traditional New Orleans Lakefront course and venue.

“We look forward to bringing the IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans event into our fall calendar next year,” said Jeff Edwards, Vice President of Operations for IRONMAN. “New Orleans is a sensational venue that continues to provide a vibrant destination for athletes and families to experience a world-class race.”

The race will begin with a 1.2-mile, closed course protected water swim in South Shore Harbor alongside Lake Pontchartrain. Competitors then bike 56 miles on an out-and-back course which travels through the Bayou Sauvage National Wildlife Refuge. The 13.1-mile run will feature a lakefront run out-and-back on Lakeshore Drive, with a spectacular finish at the South Shore Harbor Marina on Stars and Stripes Boulevard in New Orleans.

“We are so excited to get our event into the fall months as we head into our 9th year of production, ” said Bill Burke, CEO and Race Director of Premier Event Management. “Finally our athletes across the region can train for months in warmer conditions and aim for a season ending event in my home town, New Orleans.”

IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans will offer 30 slots to the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship taking place on September 1 and 2, 2018 in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans will open November 10, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. CT at www.ironman.com/neworleans70.3. Athlete inquiries may be directed to info@pem.events.