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The Auckland Marathon, New Zealand’s biggest road race, has been acquired byIronman, according to a press release issued Wednesday.

The race, which dates back to 1936, attracted more than 16,000 runners last year.

“Ironman in the Asia Pacific region operates several events other than purely Ironman and Ironman 70.3, both in other triathlon and multisports,” said Geoff Meyer, chief executive office of Ironman Asia Pacific. “We are always looking for opportunities to further develop our brand and have been looking to do more in New Zealand. Adding the Auckland Marathon does just that. This is an iconic sporting event and one in which we believe we can help grow and develop further.”

The Auckland Marathon includes a marathon, a half marathon, a quarter marathon, a 5K challenge, and a kids marathon. It is scheduled to be held on November 2.

“This event has been growing over the past 14 years since the regular introduction of the unique element of crossing the Auckland Harour Bridge,” said Stephen Brown, managing director of the Auckland Marathon. “We believe this acquisition is a major opportunity for Auckland. Ironman is a powerful international brand and brings significant and immediate global reach to the event.”

According to the release, the existing Auckland Marathon team will continue to manage this year’s event, working closely with the operations team at the Ironman New Zealand office.

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Cyclists at Ironman UK
The organisers of this year’s Ironman UK have confirmed changes to the bike route, including an extended two-lap bike course and a change of venue for the bike-to-run transition (T2), which will enable them to add 400 more race spots.

The new bike course (map here) now takes in the villages of Whittle-le-Woods, Croston and Mawdesley, while T2 is being moved from Rivington school to Bolton’s Reebok Stadium, which will also host the event expo, briefings and awards dinner. Total vertical climb on the bike leg will be reduced from 1,600m to 1,270m

Having tested the proposed course, Ironman UK 2012 bronze medallist Paul Hawkins said: “This is a pretty challenging but well designed circuit in a fantastic location. It will certainly push everyone to the limits as it’s constantly up and down giving little respite.

“It also offers plenty of spectator spots to watch on race day which is great for the athletes – including a new addition of Hunters Hill to complement the Sheep House climb which is another belter, offering a shorter but steeper gradient.”

The 400 additional race spots will be available from midday tomorrow (Wednesday 12th March) for 24 hours to friends referred by existing Ironman UK entrants. Any remaining places will go on general sale at 12 noon on Thursday 13th March. These join the 2,000 existing entries from over 30 countries, which sold out in just 50 hours last September.

Online entry will be available here.

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Ironman Triathlon

Sebastian Escola-Fasseur of France lies on the ground after finishing the Ironman Wales triathlon on September 8, 2013 in Tenby, Wales. Photographer: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

World Triathlon Corp. will stage its first half-Ironman distance race in New Jersey next September, two years after canceling the New York City Ironman after one edition because of logistical problems.

The 70.3-mile (113-kilometer) race — the first Ironman-branded triathlon held entirely in the U.S.’s most densely populated state — will be held at Mercer County Park in West Windsor, New Jersey, on Sept. 21, according to World Triathlon Corp., the owner of Ironman. (more…)

Champion ironman Shannon Eckstein will compete in pain for the Nutri-Grain ironman opener this weekend in Western Australia. ...

Champion ironman Shannon Eckstein will compete in pain for the Nutri-Grain ironman opener this weekend in Western Australia. Picture: Luke Marsden Source: News Limited

SURF star Shannon Eckstein has revealed he will race in pain after suffering a million-to-one injury which almost forced him out of this weekend’s Nutri-Grain ironman series.

The multiple series champion admitted he considered pulling out of the six-round event, which begins in Western Australia on Saturday, after suffering internal bleeding as the result of a torn diaphragm.

Eckstein believes he suffered the injury in training and admits if it flares again it may require surgery. (more…)

Tom Seidel of Paso Robles completed an Ironman competition last weekend in Tempe, Arizona. It was his first Ironman, a grueling race that tests an athlete’s physical and mental stamina. Seidel completed his race Sunday, Nov. 17 in 14 hours and 52 minutes.

“I feel a little like I was hit by a bus,” he said after finishing. “I’m very happy to have finished, and happy to have finished under 15 hours.”

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Tom Seidel of Paso Robles, right, with his sister, Michelle Seidel, early in the morning before they begin the 2.4- mile swim portion of the Ironman in Tempe, Arizona.

The effort was a culmination of two years of racing in local triathlons like the Wildflower Triathlon, Scott Tinley Triathlon and other shorter events. Seidel says he spent the past five months focused on hard core training for the Ironman race. Which was not any easy task with a family of four and a construction management job with Specialty Construction in San Luis Obispo.

An Ironman Triathlon is a long-distance triathlon race consisting of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a full marathon of 26.2 miles. It is raced in that order without a break. The race has a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. The Ironman race starts at 7 a.m.. The mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile swim is 9:20 a.m., or 2 hours 20 minutes. The mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 PM, or 8 hours 10 minutes, and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight, or 6 hours 30 minutes. Any participant that manages to complete the triathlon within these timings becomes a finisher. (more…)

UK athletes are the best-represented nationality at the Ironman 70.3 Mallorca race happening next May, according to the organisers.

The sell-out race is now the world’s largest Ironman, with 3,800 athletes committed to covering the 1.9km swim/90km bike/21km run required on 11 May.

Of this total, over 1,000 entrants are Brits – more than double the number of German (465) and Spanish (363) athletes.

Kevin Stewart, Managing Director of Ironman UK & Ireland, said: “It’s fantastic to see a continual rise in UK athletes wanting to race on both home soil and abroad.”

Ironman revealed yesterday that a European city will be hosting the 70.3 World Champs in 2015 – more info here.

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IRONMAN today announced that the 2015 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship triathlon will be held in Europe. Four cities, all of which currently host IRONMAN® races, have been selected as the finalists – Haugesund (Norway), Luxembourg, Nice (France) and Zell am See-Kaprun (Austria).

As announced earlier this year, the location of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship will rotate annually. The 2014 championship will be held in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec on September 7. More than 2,500 domestic and international competitors will earn the right to compete in the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship by qualifying at IRONMAN 70.3 events around the world.

“We are excited to bring the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship to Europe in 2015. Already tremendous hosts to IRONMAN races, these four finalist cities provide scenic and challenging courses suited for a World Championship event,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN.


Haugesund, Norway – The Norwegian town of Haugesund hosted IRONMAN 70.3 races in 2012 and 2013. Haugesund provides athletes with a beautiful and challenging course – as well as thousands of spectators lining the streets cheering on the athletes.
Region Moselle, Luxembourg – Known as the birthplace of the European Union, Luxembourg made its mark on the European IRONMAN map by hosting the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 Luxembourg in 2013. The scenic swim course borders both Luxembourg and Germany. (more…)

IRONMAN New Zealand, the world’s original international IRONMAN race, will boast record numbers when it celebrates its 30th anniversary in Taupo. Organizers have closed registration at 2000 entries which reflects an increase of more than 300 athletes for the March 1, 2014 event.

There will be 58 nations represented for the race which include more than 1,000 New Zealanders, while organizers are thrilled with the overall response that includes a record of 487 women.


102113 Joe Stone

Joe Stone will use his hand-powered cycle when he competes in the “running” portion of the Ironman Florida triathlon on Nov. 2 in Panama City.

Three years ago, he almost lost his life during an extreme sports accident above Missoula’s Mount Jumbo. Despite paralysis from the chest down, he refused to give up his outdoor adventuring and climbed the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park on a three-wheeled, hand-propelled cycle just one year later. (more…)

Hines Ward

We’re now a few days away from the Ironman World Championship in Kona and I’ve been thinking a lot about my pre-race routine and meal. I don’t want to get to the Start Line and realize that I ate the wrong type of food the night before. Luckily I have the best coach, Paula Newby-Fraser, and a great sports dietitian, Leslie Bonci, to keep me in check and monitor my pre-race routine and meals.

Before I eat anything, I think about if it’s going to help or hinder me on race day. The most important thing will be sticking to foods that I know work well and will keep me fueled for the entire race, especially on the different course setting of Hawaii where it can get really hot and windy.