About 1,200 competitors expected at Ironman race

Koper – Slovenia will host the third Half Ironman race on 19 September, the Ironman 70.3 Slovenian Istria. The organisers expect about 1,200 competitors from 50 countries. The race was called off last year due to coronavirus, this year they expect to go ahead with a number of measures to protect the health of the racers.

Race director Milan Eržen told the press on Tuesday that it remained unclear what kind of restrictions will have to be observed in two months. “We’ll do everything to provide maximum safety for the competitors and all those involved.”

The race features a 1,900-metre swim leg, followed by a 90-kilometre loop by bicycle around Istria and a 21.3-kilometre run, mostly along the coast.

Jure Leben, the head of the Slovenian Triathlon Association, said the organisers were keen on making this a top-level event that will also serve as an inspiration for recreational triathletes in Slovenia.