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The most demanding triathlon in the world, Ironman 70.3, will take place in Panama on Sunday, January 31, for the fourth time, departing from the Amador Causeway. This year more than 1,400 athletes from 40 countries will participate in the competition, breaking past records of people registered for the competition.
The grueling trial will start with a swim of 1.9 kilometers in the areas close to the Panama Canal, specifically around the Amador Yacht Club.
The second phase is a closed-circuit cycling race of two laps from the Amador Causeway, along Coastal Strip 3, around Casco Antiguo and taking the Coastal Strip intersection to Costa del Este along the South Corridor and returning to the starting point, where the athletes will begin the foot race towards the finishing post on the Amador Causeway.
There are two categories – professionals and amateurs, male and female and different sub-categories for different ages from 18 to more than 60 years old. The 1,400 competitors will be fighting to win $100,000 in prizes. The best 30 athletes will gain a place to compete in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship whicht will take place in Queensland, Australia, on September of this year.
The Ironman 70.3 returns to Panama thanks to the efforts of the Panama Municipality, the Panamanian Sports Institute and the Panama Tourism Authority with the support of the Panama Triathlon Union, UTP.
“One of the biggest attractions of this event are the more than 1,000 participants who come from abroad with their families, not only to compete, but also to enjoy the tourist attractions that Panama offers,” said Gustavo Him, Minister of the Panama Tourism Authority.
The Panama version of Ironman 70.3 began its development in 2012, when it had the participation of the U.S. cyclist, Lance Armstrong, who came in second place, Bevan Docherty, from New Zealand came first. In 2013, the Argentinean, Oscar Galindez, claimed victory, while in 2014 the Spaniard, Javier Gómez Noya, took the podium.
For more information visit http://www.ironman.com/
The Ironman 70.3, is also known as Half Ironman, which is a series of half distance triathlon races, organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).