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Brangwyn Hall 14 December

Swansea will welcome some of the World’s top para-athletes and ultimate fitness fans when the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea and IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea take place this August.

To get you in the mood for a weekend of top sporting achievement, let’s find out a bit more about both events…

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  • The IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea consists of a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile seaside run (or half marathon). That’s 70.3 miles in total…

  • It will be the first ever IRONMAN 70.3 event to take place in Wales.

  • With spots for over 2,000 athletes to race, IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea sold out in only four days.

  • IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea has 40 professional male and female athletes registered to race, 63% will be representing Wales and impressive 700 athletes are from the Swansea area itself!

  • Keep an eye out for two-time Olympic triathlon gold medallist Alistair Brownlee (GBR) and IRONMAN World Championship runner-up Kat Matthews (GBR) who are both taking part!

  • There are 6 categories in paratriathlon (PTVI, PTWC, PTS2, PTS3, PTS4, PTS5).

  • There is a classification event as part of the Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea – this is the process that evaluates an athlete’s impairments and ability, they are then given a category which enables them to compete in with similar ability athletes.

  • Paratri has only recently featured at the Paralympic Games, it was a part of Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 and the great news is that is has been selected for Paris 2024.

  • There are 30 countries represented in this year’s Volvo 2022 World Triathlon Para Series Swansea and over 120 of the world’s best paratriathletes will be there!

  • Look out for Olympic cyclist George Peasgood and swimmer Claire Cashmore at the World Triathlon Para Series.

For all the spectator info you need on both events, see our event pages.