Competitors earn the right to compete in the World Championship by qualifying at one of more than 30 Ironman 70.3 events held worldwide.
“We’re honored to be the continued home of the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3,” said Kevin Smith, Director of the St. Pete/Clearwater Sports Commission. “Hosting an event of this magnitude reinforces St. Pete/Clearwater’s place as a leader in the sports tourism industry.”
Beginning from Clearwater Beach’s Pier 60 at 6:45 a.m., the 70.3-mile long route takes athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run.
Universal Sports, a division of NBC Sports, will be on hand to tape the entirety of the race and will air a 90-minute special on NBC on Sunday, June 6, 2010.
Professional athletes will compete for a $100,000 prize purse. The top 10 professional male and female finishers and each age group champion will automatically qualify for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place on Saturday, November 13, 2010 in Clearwater Beach.
In addition to serving as the race launch point, Pier 60 will host the Ironman retail store and a free expo throughout the week leading up to the race.
Event organizers have announced that celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito will participate for the first time. The 42-year-old who garnered fame by owning and operating several high-profile New York City restaurants has competed in a number of triathlons across the globe.
There is no admission fee and spectators are encouraged to come out and root on these incredible athletes.
Fans can also follow all the action on the Ironman Web site from their home at www.ironman.com