On July 12, 2019, the opening ceremony of the international triathlon competition IRONMAN 70.3 Astana was held at the Palace of Independence.
IRONMAN 70.3 are one of the most challenging and prestigious triathlon competitions. Challenges begin with a swim at a distance of about two kilometers in the Esil River. Afterwards, athletes overcome cycling (90 kilometers) and running (21.1 kilometers). The length of the entire route of the competition is 113 kilometers, or 70.3 miles, and the athlete who has overcome the full distance is to be called the "Iron Man".