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Ironman Hits the Streets of Lanzarote

Friday May 17, 2013

Ironman Hits the Streets of Lanzarote

The event gets underway at 07.00 in the morning with the 3.8 kilometre swim which takes place off Playa Grande in Puerto del Carmen.

Many professional triathletes will be taking part as well as enthusiastic amateurs, with the best six male and female competitors qualifying for one of the monetary prizes, which range from $5,000 for first place to $750 for sixth. In addition, the forty participants with the best finishing times also get the chance to go to the final in Hawaii.

Previous winners of the Lanzarote Ironman such as Bert Jammaer, who won in both 2008 and 2009, and British competitor Bella Bayliss, winner in 2009, are amongst those participating in the 2013 edition of this annual sporting feat. Not only are the race statistics impressive but the organizational preparations take some beating.

The event consists of the 3.8 kilometre swim, the bike ride of 180 kilometres which covers nearly the whole island and it ends with a 42.2 kilometre marathon along the seafront in Puerto del Carmen. Over 4,000 volunteers will be helping out with signposting, route monitoring, first aid, refreshments and the many other aspects of the race that have to be marshalled. 35,000 litres of water will be drunk from 55,000 plastic cups and 15,000 bicycle bottles, with approximately 500 kilos of pasta and 220 kilos of chicken are likely to be consumed during the day.

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