Louisville, Kentucky, will host a new Ironman 70.3 Louisville triathlon on August 18, 2024.
“It’s exciting to welcome Ironman back to Louisville,” said Louisville Sports Commission President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Fante. “Our community can expect to see exceptional endurance athletes compete at a high level as they swim, bike and run through Louisville and Oldham County. We hope spectators are inspired by the athletes and decide to train so they too can compete.”
Louisville previously hosted a full-distance Ironman from 2007 to 2019. The 2024 event will begin with a 1.2-mile downriver swim in the Ohio River. Athletes will then transition at the Great Lawn in Waterfront Park to a 56-mile bike course leaving Louisville and continuing through Oldham County. The 13.1-mile run will take athletes along the Ohio River and through several Louisville parks on the way back to the finish line in downtown.
“Louisville has been a long-standing partner with the Ironman organization,” said Cleo Battle, Louisville Tourism president and chief executive officer. “We know how valuable an Ironman-branded event is to our community and trust we will see an immediate return on our investment. Hosting the Ironman 70.3 event offers an opportunity to showcase our iconic museums, bourbon and culinary scene while simultaneously filling our city’s hotels and attractions. We’ve truly missed hosting Ironman athletes and their families and can’t wait to greet them next year.”
Norton Sports Health will oversee the athlete recovery center and support Ironman personnel throughout the course of the event as the main medical provider.
“We are excited to return to one of our long-standing communities in Louisville,” said Eric Atnip, regional director for The Ironman Group. “After hosting Ironman events for so many years, we know athletes will be thrilled to once again enjoy the race experience in this truly unique Kentucky venue. With many of the same course elements as before, we believe the Ironman 70.3 Louisville triathlon will be as popular as the previous Ironman events. We look forward to working with our partners at the Louisville Sports Commission to produce an unforgettable event that will excite athletes from all over.”