Ironman in Raleigh
On Sunday, May 31st, Raleigh will host its third Ironman triathlon event. This particular event is actually a “half” ironman with distances of a 1.2 mile swim in Jordan Lake, 56 mile bike ride, and a half marathon of 13.1 miles finishing in downtown Raleigh near the convention center. This course totals 70.3 miles, making a full Ironman double the length described! Not only do they have the professionals racing, but they also have an option for Ironkids ages 3-15! If you happen to be around town and see one of the pro or kid athletes, congratulate them on a job well done.
Spectator Guide and Road Closings
If you are curious about the details of where you can be a spectator, what roads may be closed and when, transition areas, and shuttles please click on the link above for all the details needed to get what’s needed to share in the experience of the day. They also utilize social media (Facebook, Twitter) for updated as well.
To put it in perspective, one of the recent Half Ironman top winners (Andy Potts) had a swim time of 21 minutes for 1.2miles, a bike time of just over 2 hours for 56 miles, and a run time of 1hr 15min for a half marathon distance. WOW! This upcoming Raleigh event on May 31st has 2,500 athletes from 30 countries trying to qualify for 30 spots to advance to the championship in Austria.
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