Ironman 70.3 Series Expands to Pocono Mountains

Inaugural Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains Scheduled for Oct. 2, 2011

Ironman 70.3 Series Expands to Pocono MountainsScheduled for Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains will take place in and around the scenic Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area with a fantastic finish down Main Street in historic Stroudsburg, PA. The inaugural race will mark the first Ironman event in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and will include a multisport expo and other interactive events. Course maps and additional race details will be announced in the coming months.

Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains will be produced by Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC, owner and operator of the Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon, a top-ranked international distance triathlon in the United States.

“As the leading multisport producer in the Mid-Atlantic, we were looking for a new opportunity to bring another great triathlon to the region,” said Richard Adler, CEO of Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC. “We couldn’t think of a more exciting opportunity than bringing Ironman, the most prestigious brand in endurance sports, to the Pocono Mountains. The Pocono Mountains will provide the perfect backdrop for an Ironman 70.3 event. Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains will be the closest Ironman 70.3 to both New York City and Philadelphia so we expect the interest in this race to be significant. We look forward to working closely with the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) and the municipalities in the region to launch a successful Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains.”

Located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands, 170 miles of winding rivers and 261 miles of hiking and biking trails.

“We are delighted that the Pocono Mountains has been selected to host the first Ironman-licensed race in Pennsylvania,” said Carl Wilgus, president and CEO of the PMVB. “The region is an ideal fit for this prestigious competition as our landscape and community offer the adventurous traveler unparalleled activities and services. Hosting this event provides a tremendous opportunity to showcase our scenic beauty and myriad of extraordinary outdoor recreation to potential visitors from around the country.”

Registration for the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains will open on Oct. 1, 2010. For more information on the 2011 Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains, please visit

About Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC
Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC is a leading multi-sport race production and management company. Based in Wayne, PA, Philadelphia Triathlon owns and produces the highly-regarded Philadelphia Insurance Triathlon — named a top triathlon in the U.S. by Outside Magazine and Inside Triathlon Magazine — and produces the SheROX Triathlon Series fastest growing women’s triathlon series in the country. Known for producing high quality races, Philadelphia Triathlon, LLC also provides management and race operation services for additional endurance sporting events. For more information, please visit

About the Pocono Mountains
With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania’s Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks. Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains. Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts. Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). Follow @PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

About Ironman and 70.3
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is a Tampa-based company recognized for athletic excellence, distinguished events and quality products. WTC’s ever-growing portfolio includes Ironman, 70.3, Ironman Executive Challenge (XC), Iron Girl and IronKids brands, which have a combined total of more than 100 events worldwide each year. Supported by partners including Ford, Timex, Foster Grant and PowerBar, Ironman is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world and has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception in 1978. As the fastest growing distance in triathlon, Ironman 70.3 has garnered immense attention and has witnessed tremendous success since its 2006 introduction.

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