SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A 70.3-mile triathlon was announced at Riverfront Park in Springfield on Friday.

Mayor Sarno along with the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Dave Christen, Sr. Regional Director of the Ironman group, held a news conference to announce that the City of Springfield will be the newest host city for the inaugural Ironman 70.3 race featuring swimming, bike ride, and running at Riverfront Park.

Christen announced that the New Ironman race will be held on June 11, 2023, at Riverfront Park in Springfield. It will be a 70.3-mile race, with 1.2 miles of swimming in the Connecticut River, 56- mile bike, and a 13.1- mile run along the Riverfront Park.

Registration for the priority groups inside of the Ironman ecosystem will be open Friday at 12:00 p.m., and general public registration will be open Wednesday, October 19 at 12:00 p.m. The goal is to have 2,500 athletes compete in the race.

“We could not be more excited to bring the IRONMAN 70.3 brand to the state of Massachusetts for the first time,” said Christen, according to a news release. “Western Mass. is a beautiful part of the country that we feel our athletes will really enjoy. This event is shaping up to be a fantastic early summer event to kick off the regional racing calendar.”

Mayor Will Reichelt of West Springfield announced that he will be competing in the triathlon. Mayor Sarno will also be in attendance on race day.

According to a media advisory, Mayor Sarno states, “On behalf of the City of Springfield, I want to thank the Greater Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau and all those involved for coordinating this 70.3-mile triathlon event that will include swimming, bike ride, and running.  This is a tremendous physical and mental event with athletes from all around the world competing.  This will add to our city’s economic development vibrancy.”