Ironman heads to Colombia for new 5150 Cartagena

Ironman 5150 Cartagena (Picture: Endurance)

Ironman has confirmed the addition of the 5150 Cartagena triathlon in the city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, on September 17, 2023.

“Colombia is a unique place that is filled with beauty,” said Wilber Anderson, CEO of race organizing firm SBR Sports. “Cartagena’s warm people, delicious food, and historical wonders create the perfect backdrop for a 5150 triathlon.

“We are excited to host the second event within the Ironman brand here in Cartagena; one city with two world-class events.”

The 5150 Cartagena triathlon will begin with a 0.9-mile (1.5 km) swim in the waters of Bahia de las Animas, before entering transition one, located at Parque de la Marina.

The one-loop, 24.8-mile (40 km) bike course will take athletes through the northeast part of the city with views of the waves crashing the shores that surround Cartagena’s historic walled city.

The 6.2-mile (10 km) single-loop run course will take athletes through the walled city and historic architecture that makes Cartagena de Indias a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Athletes will finish their 5150 Cartagena journey in front of the Cartagena landmark Plaza de la Aduana.

Ironman notes that the port city of Cartagena has become a must-visit destination for tourists that visit Colombia. The Caribbean waters surround the Old Town, a walled colonial fortress that has survived the test of time, with centuries-old history. Spanish colonial architecture mixes with local cuisine and nightlife. The city also has a thriving hotel and tourist infrastructure for traveling athletes.