Langkawi Island, the Jewel of Kedah, is set to host the return of IRONMAN Malaysia in 2014.
IRONMAN makes its much anticipated return to Langkawi Island in September 2014. Located within a cluster of tropical islands that attract visitors the world over, the race will take athletes on a truly Malaysian cultural journey through tropical, hilly and demanding terrain passing traditional kampungs (villages), mangrove clusters and rainforest vistas.
IRONMAN Malaysia Experience
The ocean swim starts from a sandy beach on Legenda Park with a two-loop triangle out to Eagle Point and back. A two-loop bike course heads out of Kuah town on to an anti-clockwise loop from the Southeast up around Gunung Raya mountain and into the northwest. Athletes return to Kuah town for the run: four loops that wind through Legenda Park, market places and the local stadium before returning to cross the line at Dataran Lang—where the giant eagle sculpture creates a formidable backdrop for this already imposing finish line.
Check out the highlights clip from IRONMAN 70.3 Putrajaya held earlier this year:
IRONMAN World Championship Qualifying Race
There are 40 qualifying slots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship in Kaliua-Kona, Hawaii.
Belinda Granger, two-time IRONMAN Malaysia champion
“I did the race three times, coming second on my first attempt. I absolutely loved the race and am extremely excited about the return of IRONMAN Malaysia. Getting the opportunity to race on the island of Langkawi is such a treat. Such an amazing island rich in culture, spectacular scenery, scrumptious food and wonderful people. A perfect destination race in my books.”
Steve Lumley (GBR) – Head Coach TeamTIME
“It is very exciting that IRONMAN is coming back to Langkawi. Langkawi is a lovely island with very friendly and helpful people and a great variety of fairly unique tourist attractions for people to visit outside the event.”
Jaime Vigaray (ESP) – coach and athlete
“I have been racing IRONMAN all around the world and I can definitely say that IRONMAN Malaysia was by far my favorite destination. The beauty of the island and the warmth of its people create such great scenery for a holiday and race trip. I raced the last two editions and once you cross that finish line there’s no doubt you want to go back. Now with the return of IRONMAN Malaysia I have an excuse to visit Langkawi Island again!”