General registration for Delaware’s 2016 Ironman 70.3 Ohio triathlon sold out in less than a week.
“That’s a milestone,” City Manager Tom Homan told Delaware City Council on Monday. “It is the second-fastest sellout of a 70.3 series race.”
An official from World Triathlon Corp., which puts on the Ironman 70.3-mile events, made a presentation to council in the spring about bringing the event to town. It was announced that Delaware would receive the Ohio event last month, and registration began on Oct. 27.
However, there were behind-the-scenes talks before then.
“We were approached over a year ago about it through another party, and it just kind of grew from there,” Homan told The Gazette in a recent interview. “They were looking for this kind of mid-market. Once they knew they wanted to be in central Ohio, and introduction was made to us with them, and we just continued that dialogue with them over the last year.”
In the meantime, Homan talked to his counterparts in Benton Harbor, Michigan; Boulder, Colorado; and Galveston, Texas, cities which also hold Ironman events that draw athletes from near and far.
“I got overwhelmingly positive feedback from all three of those communities in terms of the quality of the operation and the race, and the impact it has on the community,” Homan said. “A lot of people will be coming to Delaware who have never been here before. We want them to return as tourists, residents and entrepreneurs.”
Initially, the race was planned for August 2015.
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