Monday, August 6, 2012

Ironman U.S. Championship - This Weekend in NYC/NJ

UPDATE, 8/11: Track Ironman U.S. Championship participants here.

UPDATE, 8/10 p.m.: The swim is ON! The sewage problem in the Hudson River has cleared up enough for people to go back on the water, so the the U.S. Ironman Championship will indeed include the swim as well as the run and bike. At 4:30 Friday afternoon the Ironman folks announced on Twitter, "We are excited to announce that we will proceed with the 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River during tomorrow's inaugural #IMNYC."

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The Ironman U.S. Championship takes place this Saturday, August 11th in New York City and adjacent New Jersey (and, for the swim portion, in the Hudson River separating them). See below for links and details on the event.

U.S. Ironman championship
The inaugural U.S. Ironman Championship comes to NYC this Saturday.

This inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship is also the first time an Ironman event has been held in the nation's largest city, and is the most urban area to ever host an Ironman. The Ironman U.S. Championship includes: a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River, a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Interstate Parkway in Bergen County (NJ) and Rockland County (NY), and a 26.2-mile run that starts in New Jersey and goes over the George Washington Bridge to conclude in Riverside Park on the west side of Manhattan.

Here is specific information on the Ironman U.S. Championship course and other details about the event:
Spectator information: See the Ironman site's comprehensive guide to watching this Saturday's triathlon (PDF file), which is several pages long and gives a number of maps, and suggests a number of viewing locations on both sides of the Hudson.

Let's hope the weather is good for the first-ever U.S. Ironman Championship in the New York City region. Best of luck to all participants!

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