The IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong events are held over two days. On Saturday 6th February the festival features the IRONKIDS event and the Special Tri event. Every child who competes in the IRONKID event receives a t-shirt and medal. You can register your IRONKID here.
Geelong has become known as the home of long course triathlon racing. The IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong continues in 2016. The IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong (the actual event) doubles as the Elite and Age Group Long Course Championship. Come along to the Geelong Waterfront to watch this action packed weekend of sports and entertainment.
On Sunday 7th February, the IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong and the 5150 Triathlon start at Eastern Beach Reserve. People can enter as an individual or as a team. The event includes a swim in Corio Bay, a ride onto the Geelong - Portarlington Highway for two laps, and then a run along the Geelong Waterfront.
The IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong invites athletes, friends and family from all over Australia and the world. You can get involved by entering the race as an individual or team member, you can volunteer to help out at the event or you can come along and watch the race and support the athletes.
I thought there was a reason for the title IRONMAN 70.3. And I was right. The length of the race in miles was 70.3 miles.
The length of the IRONMAN Challenge being held on Sunday 7th February - the swim is 1.9 kilometres, the bike ride is 90 kilometres and the run is 21.1 kilometres ( a half marathon ).
For the serious athletes out there, the IRONMAN 70.3 Geelong is a great way to prepare and train for the IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne. (The IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne is a Qualifying Race for the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.)
To register for the IRONMAN 70.3 challenge click here . Commentary on the day will be delivered by Craig Alexander. This event is proudly supported by Geelong Major Events.
Some History of the IRONMAN challenge
1970 - 1979 It all began in Hawai`i
In Hawai`i, during an awards banquet for the Waikiki Swim Club, a Naval Officer - John Collins, and his wife Judy discussed the idea of combining the three endurance races on the island into one race.
A challenge was issued to see who the toughest atheletes were: swimmers, bikers or runners. So on February 18th, 1978, 15 competitors took on the first ever IRONMAN challenge on the shores of Waikiki. John Collins was one of the competitors.
John Collins, IRONMAN co-founder quoted "You can quit if you want and no one will care. But you will know for the rest of your life."
In 1980, the founders of the IRONMAN challenge gave ABC's "Wide World of Sports" permission to film the IRONMAN event, which bought world wide recognition to IRONMAN.
In 1982, a college student, Julie Moss collapsed just yards from the IRONMAN World Championship finish line. She was passed for the title, but didn't give up, and crawled to the finish line. Her finish created one of the most iconic moments in IRONMAN history.
1990 to present - IRONMAN goes global
In 1997, in recognition of "Physically Challenged Athletes", John McLean (an Australian athlete) became the first athlete to power a hand cycle bike and a wheelchair to an IRONMAN World Championship finish.
Thousands of triathletes from around the world have challenged themselves to prove to themselves, and to their friends and family, that "Anything is Possible!"