Ironman in Costa Rica will be a reality on June 18, 2017, for the first time.
Playa del Coco in Guanacaste will play host to Costa Rica’s first-ever Ironman competition one year from now; the triathlon brand announced Thursday. The Ironman 70.3 Costa Rica will take place on June 18, 2017, giving contestants the chance to earn one of 35 qualifying spots for the world championship in the United States.
Costa Rican Tourism Minister Mauricio Ventura noted how transcending hosting a qualifying event for the world’s most recognizable triathlon could be for the country’s travel and sports scene.
“Alongside the private sector, we’ve been able to turn the country into an authentic destination for sports and tourism to co-exist successfully,” Ventura said in a Thursday news release. “We’re showing off our niche as a place for sustainable tourism in the public eye with such an important competition like this one that will motivate participants and the general public to visit Costa Rica.”