The toughest race in the world, Ironman 70.3

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Lance Armstrong competed in Ironman 2012 in Panama.

Lance Armstrong competed in Ironman 2012 in Panama.

The endurance competition Ironman 70.3 is back and in this challenge, the best of the best in Latin America and the world will battle this Sunday, February 16. Returning champions Oscar Galindez (ARG) and Heather Wurtele (CAN) will race alongside age group competitors.

The contest is part of the nearly 60 events in the IRONMAN 70.3 Series. The Latin American Pro Championship will offer a professional prize purse of $75,000. Athletes will also compete for 35 age group qualifying slots to the 2014 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, to be held on Sept. 7, 2014, in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada.

With a fast swim, unique transition, relatively flat bike course, this race is the perfect storm for recording a personal best. Athletes will swim 1.2-miles in the Pacific Ocean, off the shores of the Panama Canal and under the Bridge of the Americas. The transition area for swimming to cycling will be near the Biodiversity Museum and close to the swim start.

A triathlon is a multiple-stage competition involving the completion of three continuous and sequential endurance disciplines. While many variations of the sport exist, triathlon, in its most popular form, involves swimming, cycling, and running in immediate succession over various distances. Triathletes compete for fastest overall course completion time.

Next, the spectator-friendly 56-mile route will take cyclists towards Panama City’s downtown area along the “Avenida de Los Martires” (highway), “Avenida Omar Torrijos” and finally “Cinta Costera” (Coastal Strip).

Athletes getting ready for the swimming race.

Athletes getting ready for the swimming race.

The athletes, after coming back to the transition area near the Museum of Biodiversity, will take off on a 21-km (13.1 miles) run along the Amador Causeway. Runners will return to the transition area to start on their second and final loop.

The Samsung Galaxy Ironman 70.3 was launched in 2012 and since has become an official race for those who want a spot in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The event can be followed on the web visiting www.ironman.com

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