After being the host for the North American Championships for a few years, Ironman Texas is now awarded the Americas Championships – for both South and North America – in 2023. The race, which takes place on Apr. 22, is known to be fast and a favorite destination for pro athletes. That will be no different in 2023, even more so because Ironman Texas will have one of the “largest professional prize purses to date”, Ironman announced.
Ben Hoffman, last year’s winner, stated: “The Woodlands has been an outstanding home for many Ironman events and the community truly embodies and elevates the spirit of Ironman, creating a memorable racing experience for athletes and their teams. The Woodlands is tailor-made for triathlon, with a venue that challenges racers and offers ample opportunity for personal records. My favorite is the run course along the Woodlands Waterway with outstanding spectator support, and a finish line atmosphere that will give you goosebumps. I look forward to another unforgettable event in 2023.”
The event will have a rolling start, after which athletes dive into Lake Woodlands; which usually has a temperature of around 28 degrees Celsius. The two-loop out-and-back 180K bike course is known to be flat and fast. The bike part starts in The Woodlands, heads towards Northern Harris County; from there athletes will ride two laps on the Hardy Toll Road. The marathon contains three laps and provides views over The Woodlands Waterway, while athletes run towards the finish line at Waterway Ave.