Over 1300 triathletes from India and abroad are expected to take part in India's only Ironman event to be held in Goa on November 13, 2022.
Considered to be one of the greatest endurance challenges, Ironman 70.3 Goa is returning with its second edition, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
With the number of registrations going up for this year's race, the organisers, Yoska, as well as the Goa government, are leaving no stone unturned to ensure participants return with the best memories from the race day which will involve a gruelling 1.9 km swim, 90 kms cycling and 21 kms run, covering some of Goa's most iconic locations.
In an overwhelming response to the call for registrations, participants from 21 countries between the age group of 18 to 69 have registered for the event. Ironman 70.3 Goa has an increased awareness this time around with participants from Diu Daman, Jammu & Kashmir, Odisha, Puducherry, Punjab and Uttarakhand. There will also be over 100 relay teams, including corporate relay teams taking part in the event.
The 2022 Ironman 70.3 Goa will also offer qualifying slots for the 2023 Ironman 70.3 World Championship which has encouraged higher participation. The number of participants for Ironman 70.3 Goa has already surpassed the 1100 mark set in 2019.
In a media release issued here, Deepak Raj, Founder and CEO of Yoska said, “With the Prime Minister's vision and inspiration of Fit India, there is more focus and attention from people on their health and fitness. Since Yoska launched Ironman races in India from 2019, we have seen a significant increase of people across all age groups taking up triathlon as a lifestyle change. With the increased participation levels and demand from the Indian triathlon community, we had to redesign the race course and work on expanding the course capacity of our flagship event, Ironman 70.3 Goa."
Expressing his gratitude to the state government’s support, Raj said, “Thanks to the tremendous support of Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte, we have secured a larger cycling course allowing more participants and enhancing the experience of Ironman 70.3 Goa participants.”