The event has returned to the Laconia area after a 5-year hiatus. The home base of the event has now shifted to Opechee Park in Laconia. The swimming portion of the Triathlon will be held in Lake Opechee, and the running and biking portions will also depart from there.
Known officially as the “Ironman 70.3 Timberman”, still referred to locally as the “Timberman Triathalon”, the event was last held in 2016, when nearly 3500 athletes attended the two main events of the 17th annual Timberman. On Sunday, August 21st, 2016, the main event was held, a 70.3 mile, “half-ironman” triathalon, featuring a 1.2 mile swim in Lake Winnipesaukee, a 56 mile bike ride, and a 13.1 mile run, all starting from Ellacoya State Park in nearby Gilford, about 7 miles from Weirs Beach. In 2006, the winner finished with an incredible sub-4 hour total time of 3 hours, 57 minutes, and 46 seconds! Nearly 2000 athletes competed in this event, which was an official qualifier for the Ironman World Championships. On Saturday, August 20th, 2016, a shorter, 18.4 mile “sprint” triathalon, consisting of a 0.3 mile swim, a 15 mile bike ride, and a 3.1 mile run, was held, attracting about 1400 athletes. Although the Timberman was created and developed locally, the event was sold to the World Triathalon Corporation. Prior to suspension, it was one of 180 Ironman events held in over 20 countries.