For this year's North American races, IRONMAN announced nine locations will have a new Friends & Family 5k before the main event.

The 5k series will allow competitors, supporters and spectators to be able to enjoy an un-timed fun run as part of race week festivities.

"The creation of this new series gives our athletes and their supporters of all skill levels an opportunity to really enjoy the beautiful scenery of our race locations and take part in the environment that is created during race week," Shean Facteau, the COO at Ironman in a release,

This year's IRONMAN triathlon and Friends & Family 5k in Coeur d'Alene takes place on on Friday, August 27, 2017.