Ironman triathlon Middle East championship to be held in Israel

The triathlon, to be held in Tiberias, will be the first full-distance Ironman event to be hosted in the Middle East.

Athletes are poised for action at the starting line of one of the three stages of the Eilat Triathlon (photo credit: ISRAEL TRIATHLON)
Athletes are poised for action at the starting line of one of the three stages of the Eilat Triathlon
(photo credit: ISRAEL TRIATHLON)

Israel will host the Ironman Middle East Championship triathlon in November, The Ironman Group announced on Monday.

The triathlon, to be held in Tiberias, will be the first full-distance Ironman event to be hosted in the Middle East.

In the event, the first-ever Ironman Middle East champion will be crowned, ahead of the 2023 world championships set to take place in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, where it has been held annually since 1981.

As part of the triathlon, the athletes will begin with a 3.8 km. swim course in Lake Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee), followed by a 180 km, two-lap bike course through the surrounding landscape.

Then, athletes will run along the western shore of the Kinneret, from Tiberias to Migdal, in a 42.2 km. marathon course comprised of four laps.

 Lake Kinneret (credit: Tali Bar/Kinneret Association) Lake Kinneret (credit: Tali Bar/Kinneret Association)

The course is fast and flat, also making it perfect for first-timers or those who are going for a personal best, the statement noted.