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Record Entry For Ironman 2011

Monday May 16, 2011

Record Entry For Ironman 2011

The 20th Edition of Ironman Lanzarote sees the largest ever number of triathletes signed up to take part in the endurance competition next Saturday, 21st May. This year, some 1,471 male and female contestants will be swimming, cycling and running their way to the finish line.

Established in 1991, the Ironman Lanzarote event has grown year on year and is now one of the most popular qualifying competitions for professional athletes who wish to participate in the Ironman Hawaii annual final. Professional competitors qualify with up to 1,000 points when they successfully complete the Ironman Lanzarote trial.

This year, amongst those taking part are Briton Richard Lake, who at 72 is the oldest male competitor, whilst American Karen O'Riordan is the oldest female participant at age 60. Of the 1,471 sportsmen and women taking part, 20 are professional male athletes, with 8 professional female competitors also making up the numbers.

Third seeded Ironman participant this year is Timo Bracht, the German triathlete, who will be completing the Lanzarote trial as his first Ironman competition of the year. And who completed the Hawaii circuit last year in 8 hours and 21 minutes.

Whilst Natascha Badmann from Switzerland is currently the leading ladies professional triathlete taking part. Of the 28 professional athletes competing this year, only seven have not already qualified for Hawaii.

The Lanzarote course for this endurance event kicks off in Puerto del Carmen with a 3.8 kilometre swim from Playa Grande. The athletes then get straight out of the water and onto their bikes for a 180 kilometre cycle course that takes them all over the island, returning to Puerto del Carmen at the end of the circuit. Here, the final full marathon run of 42.2 kilometres is completed, with the finishing line right on the seafront of the Avenida de las Playas.

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