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ROCKFORD – State Senator Steve Stadelman is pleased that the state of Illinois was able to attract Rockford to host the IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon beginning next year through 2027.

“Hosting the Ironman gives us the opportunity to show folks from near and far all the great things Rockford has to offer,” said Stadelman (D-Rockford). “This event will not only drive visitors to Illinois, but it will also boost our local economy.” ​

This is the first time the IRONMAN will be held in Illinois. An $800,000 grant was given to the Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (Go Rockford) as part of the state’s $15 million Tourism Incentive Grant Program. The race is expected to generate upwards of $45 million in economic impact over three years.

The triathlon will consist of a 1.2 mile swim on the Rock River, a 56-mile bike loop that takes athletes though the area north of Rockford and a 13.1 mile run that will take runners from Davis Park on a two-loop journey on the east and west banks of the Rock River. The event is expected to draw in nearly 3,000 athletes and 15,000 visitors during each race.