Ever since this race was announced, everybody has a lot of questions.
And for good reason.
The information provided on the IRONMAN website is limited - there's no real course map, the travel and logistics details are sparse, and at this point, race day is less than three months away.
Below, we've wrapped up what we know about the race:
Unfortunately, the lack of details is frankly unsurprising - it's about on par with the vast majority of events here. We try to keep things honest around here and the truth is that we suspect this will probably be an event that tests your patience. Not only is it an inaugural event, the repeated delays in opening registration, and the current lack of information don't give us confidence.
Pessimistic? Realistic? Only time will tell.
last update March 17, 2023
ATHLETE CHECK-IN, START, T1, T2:
Shiroya Beach Park (maps)
FINISH: Toyohashi Total Sports Park (maps)
PRIMARY TRAIN STATION: Toyohashi (maps)
RACE venue TRANSPORTATION & Logistics
Word is that free shuttle buses will be made available for key routes before and after the race. The tentative shuttle bus schedule is as follows:
JUNE 9 | Friday
Toyohashi station <-> Shiroya Beach Park
for athlete check-in and bike check-in
JUNE 10 | Saturday
Toyohashi station -> Shiroya Beach Park
for start line from about 0400AM on a rolling basis
Toyohashi Total Sports Park -> Toyohashi station
from finish line
* assumed that bikes and transition bags will be transported to the finish from T1/T2 by the race organizer
Still To Be Determined
The following hotels are listed on the race website as accommodation options by the official travel and accommodation partners:
Wind City Hotel
AB Hotel Tahara
Hotel Associa Toyohashi
Loisir Hotel Toyohashi
Plaza Inn Toyohashi
Just Inn Premium Toyohashi Station Shinkansen Exit
AB Hotel Toyohashi
APA Hotel Toyohashi Ekimae
Business Hotel Okadaya Bayside
as listed by JTB (source)
Athletes who plan to rely on the shuttle buses should find accommodation by Toyohashi station - because the current (tentative) shuttle bus routes indicate that Toyohashi station will be the main hub for pick up and drop off.
spectators, supporters & Sherpas
Who are the race organizers?
Athlonia (link - Japanese only). Led by former professional triathlete and multi-Kona qualifier Taro Shirato, Athlonia is one of Japan's largest triathlon race organizers and have been in the business for nearly two decades.
What happened to IRONMAN 70.3 Japan Centrair Chita Peninsula?
As far as we know, it's been canned. We suspect the last edition of 70.3 Centrair did not sit well with local authorities and the IRONMAN powers. However, both 70.3 Centrair and 70.3 Higashi Mikawa take place in Aichi, so it appears that IRONMAN (or triathlon generally) remains a valued presence at the prefectural level.
Back in September 2020, 70.3 Centrair took place on a significantly compact race course compared to previous years. As a means of minimizing the potential spread of COVID-19 and to decrease human traffic flow over broad areas, a seven-lap bike course and multi-lap run course were created. Unfortunately on race day, a serious head-on collision resulted in at least three triathletes injured (link).
The cycling course came to a stop to accommodate emergency vehicles and ultimately, with no safe way to restart hundreds of cyclists on the compact course, the bike portion was called off. Regardless of whether one lap or six laps had been completed, all athletes were guided back to rack their bikes at T2 and prepared for a rolling start to complete the run.