Tips For Taking On Ironman Arizona

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Nov 13, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:40 PM UTC
Photo: Jason Wise

Spectator tips:

• The swim features one of the most spectator-friendly venues on the Ironman circuit. One popular option is to stand on the Mill Avenue Bridge and look down on the race, but that can get crowded. Our suggestion is to walk on the dirt path that borders the south side of Tempe Town Lake. If you give your spectators a heads up as to where you’ll be starting, they may be able to spot you and walk alongside you all the way to the swim turnaround at Rural Road Bridge (we’re not making any promises here, it will look like a sea of wetsuits and swim caps.)

• The “hot corner” at Rio Salado and Mill Avenue is a popular option for the bike because the energy is kept high and it is the turn-around point for each lap, but it can be hard to see your spectators in the sea of people. We suggest telling your spectators to walk east on Rio Salado a few hundred yards. It is less crowded and they will be able to see you twice on each lap.

• Decide on a spot with your family/friends ahead of time so you have something to look forward to and you’re not worried about missing them.

• On the run, we suggest they find a spot along one of the sections where athletes are going in both directions. With a little strategic planning, you’ll be able to see your supporters six times during the marathon.

• On that same note, make sure your supporters also know the details of the course, especially on the run. The three-lap, figure eight shaped run means that by mid-afternoon there will be athletes coming and going from seemingly every direction. Knowing when and what direction to expect you from is key.

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Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a contributor for Triathlete magazine, a six-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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