Double Ironman World Champion Chris “Macca” McCormack has confirmed he is returning to Ironman racing this year and will be on the start line once again at the Ironman 70.3 UK event held at Wimbleball Lake, Exmoor on June 17th 2012, a race Macca won 7 years ago, describing it then as the “toughest 70.3 in the world”!
Macca, first raced the Ironman 70.3 UK in 2006, the first ever to be held at Wimbleball Lake and quotes, “I remember how tough the race was and have been meaning to come back for years but something has always popped up. I am looking forward to coming back; it has been way too long.”
2012 has seen Macca, at the age of 39, compete on the ITU circuit for a place in the 2012 London Olympic Games. However he has decided to make a trip to the UK both in pursuit of Ironman qualifying points and in preparation for the Ironman World Championships, Hawaii later this year. Macca’s participation now sees all four previous Male Champions of Ironman 70.3 UK competing against each other since the event has been held at Wimbleball, promising some very exciting racing.
Kevin Stewart, Managing Director for Ironman 70.3 UK commented, “it is great that Macca is returning to Wimbleball. He is a legend in the sport with his World Champion Titles and 200 Professional Race victories under his belt and he is an exciting addition to the already strong pro field. “
Macca will join 2,000 age group athletes. The race kicks off with a 1.2 mile swim in Wimbleball Lake, followed by a challenging 56 mile bike course through the Exmoor National Park, before embarking on a tough off-road half-marathon that takes the athletes back around Wimbleball Lake to the finish line.