Photo credit: E. Arnold

Next year about 2,500 athletes will swim in Carvins Cove, bike the hills of Botetourt County and run along the Roanoke River Greenway — all in the course of a day.

The Ironman 70.3 triathlon is coming to Roanoke. The city was selected as a three-year host, with the first race scheduled for June 7, 2020. Carilion Clinic will serve as the title sponsor for the triathlon, which includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.

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