This weekend’s Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt will feature the strongest pro lineup we’ve seen since Kona.
Located in Germany’s fifth-largest city of Frankfurt, the European Championship boasts a course that’s loaded with historical charm and crowded with thousands of spectators. Athletes start with a 2.4-mile swim in the quiet waters of the Langener Waldsee, with water temperatures between 71 and 75 degrees F. The two-loop, 112-mile bike course heads straight through the heart of Frankfurt and then into the surrounding hills. The 26.2-mile run is flat and fast with four loops, which are crowded with thousands of spectators. The finish line is in the impressive and historical Römerberg in the heart of the city.
The race is extremely competitive because, as a regional championship race, it features a big pro prize purse ($125,000 which pays eight deep on both the men’s and women’s side) and big KPR points (a P-4000 race).