One of Racine's biggest summer events, the Ironman 70.3, is this Sunday. The annual triathlon draws athletes from around the world to our city. Every hotel room in the area is filled, and the popular event is expected to pump $2.5 million into the local economy. Here's some quick facts on the event:
Sunday, July 18, 2010, beginning at 7 a.m. (professional athlete start) and 7:10 a.m. (age group athlete start).
A 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike race and 13.1-mile run. Competitors have 8.5 hours to finish; cutoff times are applied to each segment of the race.
Athletes will swim along North Beach in Lake Michigan, bike through the countryside of Racine County and a run on a course that features a tour of Racine Zoo and the beautiful Lake Michigan coastline.
Approximately 2,000 athletes from around the globe. Athletes will represent more than 35 states and eight countries. There are 400-plus participants from the state of Wisconsin.
A total of $30,000 is split among the top five professional men and women. First place wins $6,000, second place $4,000, third place $2,500, fourth place $1,500 and fifth place $1,000.
Athletes will compete for 50 coveted slots to the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, Presented by Ford, taking place on Nov. 13 in Clearwater, Fla.
The average hours per week devoted to training for Ironman 70.3 generally fall between 10 and 30- plus hours. Many competitors also cross-train with weight training, stretching and yoga, among other activities.
Average training distances for the three disciplines:
1) Miles per week swimming: 7 to 8
2) Miles per week biking: 150 to 175
3) Miles per week running: 30 to 40
Best Places to Watch:
Friday, July 16, 2010
12:00-7:00 p.m. Ironman Store Festival Park
12:00-7:00 p.m. Ironman Bike Store & Tech Service Center Festival Park
12:00-7:00 p.m. Ironman 70.3 Racine Expo Festival Park
12:00- 7:00 p.m. Athlete Check-In Festival Hall
12:00- 7:00 p.m. Race Information Booth Festival Park
Saturday, July 17, 2010
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Ironman Store Festival Park
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Ironman 70.3 Racine Expo Festival Park
9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Ironman Bike Store & Tech Service Center Festival Park
12:00-1:00 p.m. Athlete Race Briefing Transition Area
12:00-8:00 p.m. Race Information Booth Festival Park
12:00-8:00 p.m. Athlete Check-In Festival Hall
12:00-8:00 p.m. Mandatory Bike Check-In Transition at North Beach Park
Sunday, July 18, 2010 - Race Day!
5:00 a.m.-6:30 a.m. Transition Open; Body Marking; Gear Set-Up Transition Area at North Beach Park
5:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Race Information Booth/ Lost & Found Outside Transition at North Beach Park
7:00 a.m. Race Starts
8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Ironman Store Festival Park
11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Post-Race Athlete Food Transition Area at North Beach Park
1:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Mandatory Bike & Gear Check-Out Transition Area
2:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 Registration Festival Hall
4:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony Festival Park
4:00 p.m. 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 Roll down Festival Park