Written by Max Kaplan-Zantopp, NoCamels

The first full-distance Ironman Triathlon to be held in the Middle East will take place in Tiberias on November 25, 2022, triathlon race organizer Ironman Group announced Sunday.

The race will start and finish in Tiberias encapsulating the natural and historic elements unique to Israel’s northern landscape. It will begin with a 3.8 km swim course in the Kinneret, followed by cycling two laps around the Sea of Galilee, south of Tiberias to Tzemach junction to Kfar Nahum located on the north eastern side of the Kinneret.

Athletes will then run four laps along the western shore of the Kinneret, from Tiberias to Migdal for a total of 42.2 km.

There are only 75 qualifying slots for the 2023 IRONMAN World Championship race held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, race organizers expect fierce competition among those looking to qualify for next year’s world championship race.

First established in 1978, the Ironman Group is the world’s largest operator of mass participation, high endurance sporting events. With hundreds of events held across more than 55 countries, IRONMAN Group has amassed an extensive global portfolio of events including the IRONMAN Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN 70.3 Triathlon Series, and the Ironman Virtual Racing Series, among others.

“After the success of the Ironman 70.3 event last year, I am pleased to announce that the follow-up will see Israel host the full distance Ironman Middle East Championship in Tiberias, overlooking the spectacular and historically significant Sea of Galilee,” said Honorary President of the Middle East Championship, Sylvan Adams. “As it is a regional championship, Ironman Israel will attract the finest athletes from all across our region and beyond. We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of athletes from neighboring countries to the beautiful Galilee for what will surely be an historic event.”