Celebrate the end of summer at IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman, a fantastic New England event with a festival-like atmosphere.
Debuting in Gilford, New Hampshire in 2000 as a way to bring health and wellness to the community, this race has grown in scope and popularity since its inception. That first year, the event drew 600 people between the two events offered on the day. Now, almost 15 years later, the sprint distance race has grown into an event that draws 1,400 competitors, and the IRONMAN 70.3 attracts more than 2,000 triathletes each year.
The main draws of this race venue include the festival-like atmosphere at Lake Winnipesaukee but a variety of outdoor activities are a close second: camping, hiking, swimming and ziplining at Gunstock Mountain are just a few things to keep spectators and supporters busy.
As for the course, the 1.2-mile freshwater lake swim takes place in clear, blue Lake Winnipesaukee. The wave start race takes athletes through water that in August ranges from 70 to 77 degrees F. The scenic, out and back bike course has plenty of rolling hills and several challenging climbs, ranging from a three to nine percent grade. The two-loop, closed half marathon skirts the edge of Lake Winnipesaukee, offering views of the White Mountains, and rolling hills to keep it interesting.
The 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 Timberman offers 50 qualifying slots to the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee.