If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere.
World Triathlon Corporation and New York City Triathlon announced today that the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship will take place on August 11, 2012. This race will be the first-ever Ironman competition to be held in the New York City/New Jersey metropolitan region. “Bringing the Ironman experience to the New York City metropolitan area will allow athletes to
compete with the world’s most iconic skyline as their backdrop,” said Ben Fertic, Chief Executive Officer and President, World Triathlon Corporation. “With the collaboration of NY/NJ officials and New York City Triathlon organizers, we have created an urban course that will provide an unmatched experience for athletes and spectators.”
The 140.6-mile race will take place in parts of both New York City and New Jersey, making it the most metropolitan environment ever to host an Ironman. The course will include a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River; a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland Counties; and a 26.2-mile run beginning in New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan.
Korff Enterprises who runs the New York City Triathlon among other sporting events has been trying to get an Ironman distance race to NYC for a few years now.
The inaugural Ironman U.S. Championship is slated for August 11, 2012 and will offer 75 Age Group qualifying slots for the 2012 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i with more than 2,500 participants from around the world. Additionally, there will be a prize purse of $100,000 for distribution among the top professional male and female finishers.
Registration opens on Wednesday, June 15, at noon ET. Entry fee information is not up as of yet, but stay posted. You just need to sign up – no qualifying necessary for the event.
The course is a point to point swim on the Hudson. You start off the Palisades parkway and swim south to the Ross Dock just north of the George Washington Bridge. The Bike course is two loops in the closed Palisades Parkway. The run loops down under the George Washington Bridge and then runners travel over the bridge to a loop back under the bridge on the Manhattan side and down the pathway in Riverside Park to the finish line at 83rd in Riverside Park.
Are you ready to enter the first NY Metropolitan Ironman race? Let the training begin.