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Princeton has been selected to host the 24th race in the IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Series. The inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton triathlon will take place on Sept. 21, 2014. The course for the event will take participants through the western Monmouth County communities of AllentownUpper Freehold Township and Roosevelt.

“We are excited to be able to bring IRONMAN back to the tri-state area, and particularly to Princeton,” said Andrew Messick, CEO of IRONMAN. “Princeton and its surrounding area have a long and established history in triathlon and endurance sports, and we think this event will provide participants with one of the most scenic and challenging courses anywhere in North America.”

One of more than 60 events in the global IRONMAN 70.3 Series, IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton will lead athletes through a 1.2- mile swim, a 56-mile bicycle ride and a 13.1-mile run through the Princeton region.

According to a press release, the race will start with a single-loop 1.2-mile swim in Mercer Lake where athletes can expect a calm lake with mild temperatures.

The bicycle ride will be a one-loop 56- mile course that will begin and end atMercer County Park, West Windsor. The riders will make their way from the suburban park setting to the rolling countryside of rural western Monmouth County.

The two-and-a-half loop, 13.1-mile run will take place primarily on the paved jogging paths within Mercer County Park, making its way to nearby Mercer County Community College. The athletes will run through the tree-lined center of campus and around the soccer and baseball venues before turning back onto the path connecting the college with the park. After the second lap, the course will finish in the new event pavilion.

“We are thrilled to host a premier competition like the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon at Mercer County Park for the first time,” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes said. “We invite the thousands of people who will be drawn to this event to discover Mercer County’s many treasures, including our thriving arts and cultural offerings, award-winning restaurants and unique shopping opportunities.”

Stomp the Monster is the official charity partner of the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton, which will support a team of 100 athletes through their endurance training and fundraising program. The program participants will raise funds in order to provide financial and other support to cancer patients, their families and caregivers when they need it most – during their fight with the disease.

The 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton race will have a $15,000 professional prize purse and will be a P-500 race. The race will offer 35 age group slots to the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

General registration for IRONMAN 70.3 Princeton will open at noon Dec. 16 on Athlete inquiries may be directed to

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Athletes will get a chance to test their endurance next fall when the first half-Ironman distance race comes to New Jersey.

World Triathlon Corp. announced plans to hold its first Ironman triathlon in the state on Sept. 21 in Mercer County Park in West Windsor.

“It was time to develop an event there,” Steve Meckfessel, managing director for Global Race Operations, said Wednesday. “It’s a beautiful part of the country.” (more…)

Ironman Triathlon

Sebastian Escola-Fasseur of France lies on the ground after finishing the Ironman Wales triathlon on September 8, 2013 in Tenby, Wales. Photographer: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

World Triathlon Corp. will stage its first half-Ironman distance race in New Jersey next September, two years after canceling the New York City Ironman after one edition because of logistical problems.

The 70.3-mile (113-kilometer) race — the first Ironman-branded triathlon held entirely in the U.S.’s most densely populated state — will be held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey, on Sept. 21, according to World Triathlon Corp., the owner of Ironman. (more…)