Registration opens next week for first-ever Ironman competition in-and-around New York City.
World Triathlon Corp. will stage its Ironman U.S. Championship in New York next year, the first time the company’s marquee endurance event will be held in the biggest U.S. market, event officials said.
The 140.6-mile (226.2-kilometer) competition will take place Aug. 11, 2012, with athletes racing through parts of New York City and suburbs in New York and New Jersey. Registration for the race will open June 15 on a first-come, first-serve basis. The field will consist of about 2,500 professional and amateur athletes.
The entry fee hasn’t been determined yet, organizers said. A typical Ironman race costs $575 to take part in and competitors have an average annual income of $161,000, according to World Triathlon. About 2,000 of the approximate 3,000 competitors in the 2010 NYC Triathlon worked in the financial services industry, race officials said.
The event will begin with a 2.4-mile swim down the Hudson River. Competitors then will cycle 112 miles, beginning on the Palisades Parkway on the west side of the Hudson and ending in Fort Lee, New Jersey, after looping through New Jersey’s Bergen and New York’s Rockland counties. The race concludes with a 26.2-mile run from Fort Lee to Riverside Park in Manhattan.
Competitors have 17 hours to finish an Ironman, making it difficult to close large sections of the city, organizers said. Because of this, most of the race’s bike portion will take place outside of Manhattan.
A total of 75 age-group qualifying spots for the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii, will be offered in the New York race, the most of any North American Ironman event, organizers said.
Ironman world champion Chris McCormack of Australia is scheduled to discuss the New York race at the Harvard Club of New York City tonight, according to a listing on the Active.com website. The Robin Hood Foundation, a charity that helps fund poverty programs and groups in New York, is organizing the event.
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