Ironman Arizona is an Ultra distance
triathlon consisting of: 2.4 mile
swim, 112 mile bike, 26.2 mile run.
The swim course is located in Tempe
Town Lake. The Mill Avenue Bridges
provide a perfect view of the swim.
The bike course is 3 loops, allowing
spectators to see their athlete four
times at the intersection of Mill
Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway. The
run course is also three loops
offering many opportunities along
the streets and through Tempe Beach
Park to see the athletes.
Ironman Triathlon is one of a series
of long-distance triathlon races
organized by the World Triathlon
Corporation (WTC) consisting of a
2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile
(180.25 km) bike and a marathon
(26.2 miles 42.195 km) run, raced in
that order and without a break. Most
Ironman events have a strict time
limit of 17 hours to complete the
race, where the Ironman race starts
at 7 AM, the mandatory swim cut off
for the 2.4 mile swim is 2 hours 20
minutes, the bike cut off time is
5:30 PM, and all finishers must
complete their marathon by midnight.
The time limit to complete the race
for Ironman Japan is 15 hours.
name "Ironman Triathlon" refers to
both the original Ironman triathlon
and the annual Ironman World
Championship. Also called Ironman
Hawaii, the world championships of
the event, held annually in Hawaii
since 1978 (with an additional race
in 1982), are now preceded by a
series of qualifying events. Ironman
Triathlon became known for its
grueling length, harsh race
conditions, and television coverage.