Des Moines, Iowa, has been selected as the latest full-distance Ironman triathlon host, with the full race being designated as the 2022 Ironman North American Championship. The competition will replace a previous 70.3 race in the city.
The Certified Piedmontese Ironman North American Championship Des Moines will be held June 12, 2022, with general registration for the new event opening November 1.
“We’ve developed a fantastic partnership here in Des Moines since we first announced an event in 2019 and could not be more proud to announce this new full-distance Ironman race here in Iowa’s capital city,” said Keats McGonigal, vice president of operations, North America for The Ironman Group. “There isn’t a better venue to host this race than Des Moines and we know that having this city as the host for the 2022 Ironman North American Championship will showcase this region of the country. We look forward to building the foundation for a long-lasting legacy of Ironman events in Des Moines.”
Similar to the 70.3 event, the full race will take athletes on a tour of Des Moines, West Des Moines, and scenic surrounding areas of Polk County and Dallas County.
“Hosting the Ironman 70.3 earlier this year was our warm-up, and now we’re ready for the encore,” said Greg Edwards, president and CEO of Catch Des Moines. “Des Moines put in the work and everything from the course to the community-wide support impressed. Now we’re prepared to put in twice the work and have twice as much fun hosting the prestigious full-distance Ironman North American Championship.”