IRONMAN is one of the most grueling athletic events in the world. Elite athletes and ordinary people compete in IRONMAN events, which are held all over the world. Some racers are trying to fulfill a dream of simply crossing the finish line; others hope to qualify for the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. They all have trained months, if not years, to be in shape to compete. If they are able to finish the course in under 17 hours, they earn the title of “Ironman,” an achievement respected throughout the sporting world.
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Participants traverse through a pre-marked course in nature alternating between running and swimming. Swim legs may consist of long open ocean swims, rocky rivers or crystal-clear lakes while runs are on anything from roads, fire trails, technical rock scrambles or whatever nature puts in front of you. Athletes typically participate as a two-person team of men, women or mixed but individual options are also available.
As a team, you must remain within 10-meters of each other, this is not a relay. You share the experience, the fun, the beauty and the suffering.