Intl sport event injects new dynamics into ancient city
en.xa.gov.cn     Updated: 2019-09-17

The 2019 Shaanxi Ironman 70.3 was held in Chanba ecological district, Xi’an, capital of Northwest China’s Shaanxi province, on Sept 15, attracting more than 1,000 athletes from 40 countries and regions.

Consisting of a 1.9-kilometer swim, a 90-km cycle, and a 21.1-km run, the triathlon provided a total of $25,000 in prize money for winners from the professional group, as well as 50 spots for the 2020 Ironman 70.3 in New Zealand and 30 spots for the 2020 Ironman in Hawaii. 

Ironman 70.3 Xi’an kicks off on Sept 15 and attracts a lot of visitors despite the rainy weather. [Photo/xa.gov.cn]

As one of the elite sport competitions in Shaanxi province, Ironman 70.3 Xi’an’s competition route started from Chanba ecological district and covered a series of unique natural scenic spots and landmarks, showcasing the city’s beautiful landscapes and livable environment. 

“The Ironman competition has attracted millions of participants from more than 200 countries and regions during its history of more than 40 years. It is the first time that the event was held in Xi’an, which will help enhance the international presence of the ancient city,” said Liu Chun, deputy general manager of Wanda Sports Group.

An athlete competes in the road cycle during the competition. [Photo/xa.gov.cn]

“Xi’an is an amazing city with thousands of years of history. The city is very clean and its people are hospitable. This is one of the most wonderful competitions I’ve ever participated in and I’m looking forward to my next Xi’an tour,” said Max Newmann, who won the event. 

Although Xi’an is already well-known for its profound historic resources, the city is making great efforts to spur its sports development by holding an increasing number of high-quality sport events, such as the Xi’an International Marathon, the Belt and Road Xi’an International Basketball Championships Tournament, and the Xi’an Women’s Half Marathon. 

An athlete competes in the long-distance runn of the Ironman triathlon. [Photo/xa.gov.cn]