Ironman is the most challenging triathlon competition in the world. It originally started as a challenge between some military friends in Waikiki, Hawaii. Later on, the brand positioned in every continent, with competitions in 40 countries. Los Cabos, as a forefront destination in sports and tourism, takes part in this event celebrated around the globe.
Ironman Los Cabos consists of a 3.8K swim in the Sea of Cortes’ blue waters, starting at Palmilla Beach, a blue flag certified beach; 180K cycling through the tourist corridor between Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo; and a 42.2K run through San Jose del Cabo’s historic streets up to Puerto Los Cabos. The breathtaking sea, desert and mountain views make this destination a perfect venue for this kind of competition.
The race has a 17-hour time limit, with an average span of 12 hours per participant. The triathletes who contend must train really hard for the competition, covering long swimming, cycling and running distances, for a minimum of one or two years, at both amateur and professional levels.
This event is taking place in Los Cabos for the fourth time in a row. This year’s date is October 30th, and it’s offering 40 qualifying slots per category for the 2017 World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
Athlete registration is limited to 1,000 contestants for the complete Ironman and 1,000 contestants for Ironman 70.3, with relays allowed in both races.
Join the crowd and support the athletes! The hot spots to feel the frenzy are Palmilla Beach for the swimming competition, the entrance to the Transpeninsular Highway from Cabo San Lucas to San Jose del Cabo for the cycling event, and Puerto Los Cabos’ bridge for the last part of the race. All roads will be closed to automobiles.
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