Laura Phillip holds aloft the finishing tape
The 2021 IRONMAN European Champion Laura Philipp (Getty Images for IRONMAN)

An elite field of professional triathletes from around the globe will descend on Lahti, Finland for the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon with women’s professional race on Saturday, Aug. 26 and men’s professional race on Sunday, Aug. 27. The professional triathletes will be vying for a share of the $350,000 USD professional prize purse and the title of IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion. In addition to the professional field, over 6,000 age-group athletes are registered to compete as they look to be crowned world champion in their respective age-group divisions.

“With a staggering amount of world-class talent coming to Finland, we can all expect to see a hard-fought world championship and immensely entertaining competition,” said Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer for The IRONMAN Group. “Lahti will be an excellent host as the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship hits this beautiful Scandinavian country for the first time; athletes and fans of the sport from all around the globe are in for a real treat whether cheering on locally or watching from afar on Outside TV.”

Professional women’s field

The women’s field will take centre stage on Saturday, Aug. 26, as Lahti, the Finnish Lake District and its surrounding areas host a high caliber field of professional women. Reigning IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion Taylor Knibb (USA) will look to defend her crown coming into race day in top form following another impressive year of performances. Top Canadian and last year’s runner up Paula Findlay will look to continue her run of form and challenge for the top spot on the podium while 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon third-place finisher and 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship runner-up Emma Pallant-Browne (GBR) look primed for a strong performance.

With five IRONMAN World Championship and five IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship titles to her name, Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf can never be counted out and has continued to show this year why she is amongst the best triathletes of all time. Germany’s Laura Philipp will be one to watch following her recent success at the IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship Tallinn triathlon. Highlighting a large contingent of strong contenders include two Brits, 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion and 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Word Championship runner up Holly Lawrence and 2021 IRONMAN World Championship runner up Kat Matthews. Australian Ellie Salthouse, American Jackie Hering, Canada’s Tamara Jewett, and many more of the sports most talented women will all join in the battle for a spot on the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship podium.

A full list of the professional women’s field is listed below

1 Knibb, Taylor, USA
2 Findlay, Paula, CAN
3 Pallant-Browne, Emma, GBR
4 Ryf, Daniela, CHE
6 Lawrence, Holly, GBR
8 Hering, Jackie, USA
9 Philipp, Laura, DEU
11 Jewett, Tamara, CAN
12 Reischmann, Anne, DEU
15 Matthews, Kat, GBR
16 Pierre, Marjolaine, FRA
18 Salthouse, Ellie, AUS
19 Lewis, Danielle, USA
20 McBride, Rach, CAN
22 Pohle, Caroline, DEU
23 Oliveira, Pamella, BRA
24 Bergsten, Anna, SWE
25 Ueda, Ai, JPN
26 Mitchell, Olivia, IRL
28 Clavel, Charlene, FRA
29 Buckingham, Lucy, GBR
30 Lee,India, GBR
31 Stage Nielsen, Maja, DNK
33 Simmonds, Imogen, CHE
34 Watkinson, Amelia, NZL
35 Priarone, Giorgia, ITA
38 Jansen, Laura, DEU
39 Berry, Hannah, NZL
40 Morier, Emilie, FRA
41 Kleiser, Daniela, DEU
42 Bailly, Alexia, FRA
43 Noguera Raja, Anna, ESP
44 Lucas, Lottie, ARE
45 Kivioja, Kaidi, EST
46 Curran, Kate, GBR
47 Pohjalainen, Tiina, FIN
48 Gerß, Lisa, DEU
49 Guerard, Justine, FRA
50 Bishop, Sarah, USA
51 Iemmolo, Julie, FRA
52 du Luarte, Eloise, FRA
53 Addie, Laura, GBR
54 Paskiewiez, Nikita, FRA
55 Higgins, Brittany, USA
56 Stolf, Bruna, BRA
57 Cymerman, Amy, USA

*Subject to change

Professional men’s field

The professional men will take on the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 27. Leading the field is Norway’s Kristian Blummenfelt who will look to defend his IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion crown and add another world championship title to his already impressive resume. Fellow Norwegian and defending 2022 IRONMAN World Champion Gustav Iden will look to challenge his friend and countryman and add a third IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship title to his tally following wins in 2019 and 2021.

Top American Ben Kanute stands ready to challenge the Norwegian contingent following a second-place finish at the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon in St. George, Utah. Denmark’s Miki Taagholt will be one to watch following a win at the 2023 IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg triathlon and multiple top ten IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finishes over the past two years. Additional global contenders will come from Germany’s Frederic Funk, Australia’s Steve McKenna, Canada’s Jackson Laundry and Lionel Sanders as well as Americans Jason West and Sam Long, and French dark horse Pierre Le Corre along with many other talented professional men all thirsty for a top world championship result.

A full list of professional men’s field listed below

1 Blummenfelt, Kristian, NOR
2 Kanute, Ben, USA
3 Iden, Gustav, NOR
4 Funk, Frederic, DEU
5 Taagholt, Miki, DNK
6 Laundry, Jackson, CAN
7 Bendix Madsen, Thor, DNK
8 Long, Sam, USA
9 West, Jason, USA
11 Le Corre, Pierre, FRA
14 Nieschlag, Justus, DEU
15 Montraveta Moya, Jordi, ESP
17 Sanders, Lionel, CAN
18 McKenna, Steven, AUS
19 Teagle, James, GBR
20 Koolhaas, Menno, NLD
21 Azevedo, Filipe, PRT
23 Stepniak, Kacper, POL
24 Phillips, Mike, NZL
26 Bogen, Rico, DEU
27 Loeschke, Franz, DEU
29 Magnien, Dylan, FRA
30 Engelhardt, Adriano, CHE
31 Moody, Jack, NZL
32 Mann, Nicolas, DEU
33 Margirier, Mathis, FRA
34 Hanson, Matt, USA
35 Aernouts, Bart, BEL
36 Trautman, Matt, ZAF
37 Stratmann, Jan, DEU
38 Keulen, Youri, NLD
39 Rodriguez Hernandez, Tomas, MEX
40 Fabian, Alessandro, ITA
41 Hoffmann, Jonas, DEU
42 Stojanovic, Ognjen, SRB
43 Salvisberg, Andrea, CHE
44 Dubrick, Marc, USA
45 Kibby, Mitch, AUS
46 Ulloa, Martin, CHL
48 Costes, Antony, FRA
49 Quin, Charlie, AUS
50 Gillespie, Dylan, USA
51 Amorelli, Igor, BRA
53 Sosinski, Jack, AUS
54 Lewis, Joshua, GGY
55 Deckard, Robbie, USA
56 Gunderson, Jørgen, NOR
57 Fuentes, Gonzalo, ESP
58 Sperl, Maximilian, DEU
60 Thompson, Nick, AUS
61 Mattox, Miguel, USA
62 Wylde, Kye, AUS
63 Goodwin, George, GBR
64 Varga, Richard, SVK
65 Zorgnotti, Benjamin, PYF

*Subject to change

The 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon will kick off with the 1.2-mile (1.9km) ROKA Swim Course, which takes place in beautiful Lake Vesijärvi. A challenging 56-mile (91.3km) FULGAZ Bike Course follows and will lead athletes through the stunning Finnish countryside passing through the small towns of Kärkölä and Hollola and culminating with a steep incline just before returning to transition at the Sport and Fair Centre. The 13.1-mile (21.1km) HOKA Run Course will take athletes on two loops beginning indoors at the Sport and Fair Centre, passing inside the Lahti Stadium and tackling a long climb up Salpausselkä ridge before making their way back towards Lake Vesijarvi. The run path will showcase beautiful water views and eclipse the Pikku-Vesijarvi before culminating in an exhilarating finish line experience just in sight of famous Salpausselka Ski Jumps.

Tune into the two days of live race-day coverage of the 2023 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3<