Des Moines Chosen as Finalist for New Ironman Triathlon


TEMPE, AZ – NOVEMBER 18: Eneko Llanos of Spain crosses the finish line to win the 2018 Ironman Arizona at Tempe Town Lake on November 18, 2018 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images for Ironman)

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DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa’s capital city has been named one of four finalists to host an Ironman Triathlon in 2020.

The organization made the announcement via a Facebook Live video Thursday morning, saying this would be the first new Ironman Triathlon added since 2014. Ironman felt it was the right time to bring an event to the central U.S.

The four host city finalists are:

  • Des Moines, Iowa
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas
  • Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma

Organizers say Des Moines’ accessibility, nationally known farmers’ market, parks, bike trails, and lakes made it an attractive site for an Ironman Triathlon.

More site visits will be done at all of the finalist cities between now and mid-June, when the host city will be chosen.


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