The signs of high-flying ambitions turned heads right from the beginning: The 2015 Enea IRONMAN Gdynia triathlon in Poland started with a bang – not from the starter’s gun, but with an airliner making a flyover of the swim course mere seconds before athletes set off for the race’s original edition.
Now, five years after its spectacular appearance on the international triathlon stage, Poland will host two more events in Gdynia on August 8, 2021 and in Warsaw on June 6, 2021. They join the existing events in Gdynia and in Warsaw for a total of four races in 2021.
Participants of the inaugural IRONMAN Gdynia will face a 3,8km (2.4-mile) swim in the usually calm waters of Gdansk Bay, followed by a challenging 180km (112-mile) bike course that leads through green forests, summer fields and over the demanding rolling hills of Kashubia back to Gdynia.
The 42,2km (26-mile) run course uses the wide main streets of the city center and the seaside boulevards before finishing right on the sandy beach in the most popular part of the city.
Warsaw is the third European capital city to host an IRONMAN event in 2021, Copenhagen (Denmark) and Tallinn (Estonia) being the others.
The race will start at Lake Zegrzynski, a popular weekend leisure destination in the suburbs of Warsaw. A flat and fast bike course will take athletes to transition zone 2 in the city center, showcasing some of the Polish capital’s most famous landmarks, including the Warsaw Citadel, the Old Town, the Royal Castle and the National Stadium.
The run course in the heart of the city will enable participants to see the Old Town and other sightseeing spots like the Grand Theater, National Opera, Pilsudskiego Square, Krakowskie Przedmieście, Karowa Street and Arkady Kubickiego. The finish line will be located in the Multimedia Fountain Park.
General registration for all the four races in Poland will open on December 2.
Gdynia will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots to the 2021 World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. Warsaw will offer 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 70.3 World Championship St. George, Utah, USA.