Supporters cheer on athletes as they run to transition (Getty for IRONMAN

IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth returns for 2021 on Sunday, 19 September with athletes competing across three disciplines in the race: 1.3-mile swim, a 56-mile cycle and a 13.1-mile run along the spectacular Jurassic Coast.

“We look forward to coming back to Weymouth every year as it is always a wonderful weekend but this year it has been extra special as we are back after so long! Along with Dorset and Weymouth council, we can’t wait to welcome athletes from across the UK here to race. We are delighted to bring athletes back to the area which is on the road to recovery after the impact of the pandemic,” says Dean Smith, Race Director. 

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council’s Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment commented on the event: “I want to thank IRONMAN for their support and understanding after last year’s difficult decision to postpone the annual 70.3 Weymouth race. It’s great to see them back in Dorset for this prestigious event, which attracts athletes from across the world and gives our local athletes an opportunity to compete on home soil. This is a valuable event for our local economy and showcases our magnificent county to the thousands of sports enthusiasts who are part of the IRONMAN family, who may choose to come and stay and train in Dorset. I wish all the competitors the best of luck.””

This year’s edition of the event will have over 2,300 participants from over 20 different countries across Europe, of which 79% are men and 21% are women. The IRONMAN 70.3 Weymouth will begin at Weymouth Bay where athletes will start with a refreshing swim in the English Channel, followed by a 56-mile bike course that meanders through the rolling Dorset countryside. The next portion of the race comprises of a 13.1-mile run along the promenade and esplanade before finishing in the heart of the town centre. The course is mostly flat and perfect for first-timers to an IRONMAN event.

Mayor of Weymouth, Cllr Colin Huckle, said: “The raft of athletes, supporters and spectators attending the weekend race event provides a welcome boost to the local economy, so it’s fantastic to see Ironman returning to Weymouth this year. We are working closely with the event organisers and Dorset Council to ensure any road closures are publicised in advance to avoid any inconvenience to local residents. Good luck to everyone taking part!”

“It is extremely important to me that racing returns in a manner consistent with sound public health guidelines. We have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that athletes have an incredible race experience. We value the incredible support of local institutions and suppliers, as well as participants, sponsors and volunteers who help make the event possible. This year, we will have over 400 volunteers helping athletes and staff to ensure that athletes can enjoy an unbeatable experience,” added Smith.

Much of the excitement of the race surrounds the 30 qualifying slots that are up for grabs to the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships. No doubt athletes will be giving it their all as they seek to get a once in a lifetime opportunity of racing an IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship event next year.