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TAMPA, Fla. (December 3, 2013) - IRONMAN announced today that Princeton, New Jersey has been selected to host the 24th race in the IRONMAN® 70.3® U.S. Series. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton triathlon will take place on Sunday, September 21, 2014.
"We're excited to be able to bring IRONMAN back to the tri-state area, and particularly to Princeton," said Andrew Messick, CEO of IRONMAN. "Princeton and its surrounding area have a long and established history in triathlon and endurance sports, and we think this event will provide participants with one of the most scenic and challenging courses anywhere in North America."
One of more than 60 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series, IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton will lead athletes through a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run through the Princeton Region of New Jersey. The race will start with a single loop 1.2-mile swim in Mercer Lake where athletes can expect a calm lake with mild temperatures. The bike will be a one-loop 56-mile course that will begin and end at Mercer County Park in West Windsor. Participants will make their way from the suburban park setting to the rolling country side of rural Monmouth County. The two and a half loop 13.1-mile run course will take place primarily on the paved jogging paths within Mercer County Park, making its way to nearby Mercer County College. Athletes will run through the tree lined center of campus, around the soccer and baseball venues before turning back onto the path connecting the college with the park. After the second lap, the course will finish in the brand new event Pavilion.
"We are thrilled to host a premier competition like the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon at Mercer County Park for the first time," said County Executive Brian M. Hughes. "We invite the thousands of people who will be drawn to this event to discover Mercer County's many treasures, including our thriving arts and cultural offerings, award-winning restaurants and unique shopping opportunities."
"We are very excited to welcome IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton to the region. This is the closest IRONMAN branded event to the metropolitan areas of New York City and Philadelphia, and I know the athletes will appreciate the beauty of this destination," said Peter Crowley, CEO and president of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Princeton Regional Convention & Visitor's Bureau. "The event should draw a wide audience and produce a significant economic impact to the Princeton Region."
STOMP The MonsterTM (STM) is the official Charity Partner of the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton, which will support a team of 100 athletes through their endurance training and fundraising program. The program participants will raise funds in order to provide financial and other support to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers when they need it most - during their fight with the disease.
The 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton race will have a $15,000 USD professional prize purse and will be a P-500 race. Additionally, the race will offer 35 age group slots to the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton will open at noon ET Monday, December 16, 2013 on www.ironman.com/princeton. For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com. Athlete inquiries may be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Media may contact email@example.com.
The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world's most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 190 events across five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN 70.3®, 5150TM Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.
About the Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau
The Princeton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau (PRCVB) was created in 2004 and is a major program of the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce (PRCC). The PRCVB has been designated as the state's official Destination Marketing Organization for the Princeton Region every year since 2008. A new, structured partnership with the Mercer County Sports & Entertainment Commission continues to bring additional visibility to the Princeton Region and expands the reach of the PRCVB. For more information on the Princeton Region visit www.visitprinceton.org.
About The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
The Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization committed to promoting business growth within the Princeton Region and surrounding areas. With more than 1,800 individual contacts and more than 880 Member companies, the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce membership is primarily focused in five central New Jersey counties and stretches as far as New York, Philadelphia and Canada. For more information on the Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce please visit www.princetonchamber.org.
About the STOMP The MonsterTM
Stomp The Monster was established in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization by Founder Seth Grumet while he was fighting his own disease. STOMP The MonsterTM provides financial and other support to cancer patients, their families, and caregivers when they need it most - during their fight with the disease. We promote a healthy lifestyle with proper diet and exercise, leading by example, and provide funding for potential advances in prevention and treatment. In two short years, Stomp the Monster has given out more than $1,000,000 to over 1000 families. For more information about the Stomp The Monster, please visit: www.stompthemonster.org.