IRONMAN will hold a new 70.3 event in Waco on Oct. 28, 2018.

Registration begins Dec. 5, 2017 for the new IRONMAN race, which will take the place of the IRONMAN 70.3 Austin.

The new Waco event will begin with a 1.2-mile swim in the Brazos River. From there, athletes will bike a 56-mile single-loop across Central Texas’ rural roads — past Lake Waco and the wetlands before returning downtown for a flat finish. After that, athletes will run a 13.1-mile double loop course over the Brazos River and through Cameron Park. The finish line will be on the Waco Suspension Bridge — which is the oldest in the Southwest.

“We have a beautiful river, excellent roads, and one of the largest and best city parks in the nation,” Waco Mayor Kyle Deaver said in a press release. “Our charming city has a sincerely warm and welcoming personality that the IRONMAN athletes across the country will fall in love with.”

Thirty qualifying athletes in the IRONMAN 70.3 Waco event will earn the opportunity to compete in the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship being held Sept. 8-9 in Nice, France.