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GoRockford and IRONMAN Announce Rockford, Illinois to Host IRONMAN 70.3 in 2025, 2026, 2027

- Inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon is scheduled to take place on June 22, 2025
- 2,500 Athletes + 10,000 spectators and supporters expected
- General registration to open on July 1, 2024, at

ROCKFORD, Ill. / TAMPA, Fla. (June 24, 2024) – IRONMAN, the global leader in long-distance triathlon, announced today that it will host its first event in the State of Illinois with the IRONMAN® 70.3® Rockford-Illinois triathlon in 2025, 2026 and 2027. The triathlon is scheduled to debut on Sunday, June 22, 2025, with a swim, bike and run course that will take athletes through Rockford and the countryside north of the city.

Located in northern Illinois, Rockford offers a unique blend of outdoor recreation, culture and history that make it the perfect venue for a new midwestern IRONMAN 70.3 event. General registration opens on July 1, 2024, at www.ironman.com/im703-rockford-illinois.

“We are excited to bring this new IRONMAN 70.3 event to this unique and beautiful city in northern Illinois in 2025,” said Eric Atnip, Race Director for the IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon. “Rockford has shown itself to be an appealing midwestern destination city with an abundance of outdoor recreation. We are excited to partner with GoRockford to offer this exciting new option on the North American IRONMAN 70.3 Series circuit for our many dedicated athletes and new ones excited to race in Illinois. We can’t wait for athletes to come experience this welcoming community and see what makes Rockford so special.”

“IRONMAN 70.3 athletes push themselves to continually improve, to be better each day, to not settle for less than their personal best. The city of Rockford is like that, too. Rockford is a city on the move and gaining speed all the time,” said John Groh, president/CEO of GoRockford, the city’s destination marketing organization. “We’re thrilled to partner with IRONMAN and look forward to welcoming their athletes and fans to our city.”

Commenting on IRONMAN’s announcement, Rockford Mayor Tom McNamara said, “I am thrilled another internationally recognized company sees the value and draw of Rockford. Companies like Hard Rock International, the Chicago Blackhawks and now IRONMAN are choosing our community for major events and investments. This speaks volumes about Rockford's strength, appeal and reputation as a prime destination. IRONMAN, welcome to Rockford.”

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Daniel Thomas Deputy Director, Illinois Office of Tourism delivers remarks at the IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford news conference on June 24, 2024.

"The IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon is a fantastic addition to our state's sports tourism industry, bringing a significant boost to the Rockford community and its local businesses,” said Daniel Thomas, deputy director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), Office of Tourism. “This prestigious race was made possible by DCEO’s Tourism Incentive Grant Program which aims to attract new out-of-state events to Illinois to increase tourism and highlight the state as a top sports travel destination. We look forward to welcoming athletes and visitors from around the world to experience the charm and outdoor recreation that Rockford offers."

Nicknamed "The Forest City," Rockford is a mid-sized city situated on the banks of the Rock River in northern Illinois. Rockford boasts a rich and pioneering sports history, a vibrant cultural scene, and architecturally distinct buildings and neighborhoods that are set in a beautiful natural setting with abundant parks, nature preserves and four recreational rivers that run through the area. Combined, these amenities make the city perfect for hosting the IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon. Just a 60-minute drive west of Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and approximately 90 minutes from downtown Chicago and Milwaukee and an hour south of Madison, Rockford offers the perfect summer oasis to escape city life when athletes are looking for opens roads to run and bike or open space to just relax.

IRONMAN News Conferencde

About the course: The IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon will kick off with a fast 1.2-mile swim in the Rock River that runs north to south through the center of downtown Rockford. Athletes will enter the water near The Rock Guardians of Rockford, a popular public sculpture by Terese Agnew of four “Rockmen” standing guard over the city. Once out of the water, athletes will transition to the 56-mile single loop bike course that takes athletes through and north of Rockford. Athletes will be treated to the rolling hills and scenic farmland in the surrounding area while also passing through the quaint Village of Rockton. The 13.1-mile run course will take runners from the transition area at Davis Park on a two-loop journey on the east and west banks of the Rock River. Athletes can expect river views, park greenways and scenic neighborhoods on their way to a finish line in downtown Rockford just a couple of blocks away from transition.


The 2025 IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon will offer qualifying slots to the 2025 VinFast IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship race in Marbella, Spain. 

For more information on 2025 IRONMAN 70.3 Rockford-Illinois triathlon, please visit at www.ironman.com/im703-rockford-illinois. Athlete inquiries may be directed to Illinois70.3@ironman.com.  

To learn more about the IRONMAN® and IRONMAN 70.3 brands and series of events, please visit www.ironman.com. Media inquiries may be directed to press@ironman.com. Rockford media inquiries may be directed to pam@kmkmedia.com.




RACVB Staff Photo IRONMAN News Conference

About GoRockford

GoRockford (Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau) is responsible for promoting Rockford, Illinois and its surrounding region as an attractive travel destination and enhancing the community’s public image as a dynamic place to visit, live and work. Through the impact of travel, GoRockford strengthens the economic position of the region and provides opportunities for people in its communities. For more information visit www.gorockford.com.  

About The IRONMAN Group   

The IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll® Running Series, IRONKIDS®, World Triathlon Championship Series, premier running events including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon™ and City2Surf®, UTMB® World Series trail-running events including the Canyons Endurance Runs™ by UTMB®, Tarawera Ultra-Trail™ by UTMB® and Ultra-Trail Australia™ by UTMB®, Epic Series™ mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, road cycling events, and other multisport races. The IRONMAN Group is the largest operator of mass participation sports in the world, providing participants the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. Catering to the full athlete experience, the company portfolio also includes FulGaz® virtual cycling, the most realistic indoor riding experience connected fitness application aimed at preparing athletes for real-world events. Since the inception of the iconic IRONMAN® brand and its first event in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines around the world. Beginning as a single race, The IRONMAN Group has grown to become a global sensation with hundreds of events across 55+ countries. The IRONMAN Group is owned by Advance, a private, family-owned business, and Orkila Capital, a growth equity firm focused on building great brands. For more information, visit www.ironman.com/about-ironman-group.

About Advance      

Advance is a private, family-held business that owns and invests in companies across media, entertainment, technology, communications, education and other promising growth sectors. Our mission is to build the value of our companies over the long-term by fostering growth and innovation. Advance’s portfolio includes Condé Nast, Advance Local, Stage Entertainment, The IRONMAN Group, American City Business Journals, Leaders Group, Turnitin, and Pop. Together these operating companies employ more than 14,000 people in 29 countries. Advance is also among the largest shareholders in Charter Communications, Warner Bros. Discovery and Reddit. For more information visit www.advance.com.