Back in 2016, Ironman confirmed the cancellation of the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Timberman that had taken place in Gilford, New Hampshire, for a number of years,. Now they have announced that Laconia, New Hampshire will be the new host venue for the return of Ironman 70.3 Timberman and the Timberman Sprint Triathlons.
The New England half-distance triathlon, originally hosted from 2001 to 2016, will now re-join the Ironman North American series in 2021 with the first edition of the new event taking place on Sunday, August 22. “We could not be more excited to see this fantastic event return to the Lakes Region of New Hampshire,” said Scott Langen, Regional Director for The Ironman Group. “We’ve been working hard to bring an IM-branded event back to this region and are thrilled to call Laconia its new home. We know many athletes will be happy to hear the Ironman 70.3 Timberman name again, and this new location will serve to only add to the great history of this event. We can’t wait to race in New Hampshire again.”
Situated between Lake Winnipesaukee and Lake Winnisquam, the city of Laconia, New Hampshire sits only minutes from the original Ironman 70.3 Timberman location in Gilford. Participants can expect a 1.2-mile freshwater swim in the clear blue waters of Lake Opechee. Following the swim, athletes will embark on a scenic, out and back bike course through rolling hills and several challenging climbs. The course will utilize three miles of the New Hampshire Motor Speedway which is known for hosting NASCAR-events. Athletes will then cap off their journey with a two-loop, half marathon skirting the edge of Lake Opechee, offering views of the neighboring mountains, and rolling hills to engage participants before crossing the finish line near the downtown center of Laconia.