Oceanside CA— The North America IRONMAN race season kicks off with IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside on Saturday, April 6. To cheer on the participants, consider taking the event shuttle. Ironman is sponsoring a free shuttle service April 6 from 4:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The Shuttle Service is open to participants, spectators and the general public. This easy transportation option will be perfect for those wanting to go to and from the Pier area to the Oceanside Harbor.
The event includes many professional athletes like 31-year-old Switzerland native Daniela Ryf, four-time IRONMAN World Champion. Ryf got her start in triathlon in 1998 and turned professional in 2007. In her relatively short career, Ryf has racked up an impressive resume by winning the last four IRONMAN World Championship triathlons (2015-2018) while also setting course bests in the events 40-year history. Last year, Ryf added to her tally by capturing her fourth IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship (2014, 2015, 2017, 2018) and currently stands as the only professional triathlete in history to win four IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships.
The first segment of the IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside begins with a single-loop swim with a beach start then swimming into the Oceanside Harbor. Once out of the water, participants will embark upon a single-loop bike course which begins at the Oceanside Harbor and ventures through Camp Pendleton and San Onofre Bluffs State Park. Due to restrictions aboard Camp Pendleton, spectators are not allowed on this portion of the course but the athletes will experience rolling hills prior to San Mateo hill, followed by two more hills and then a flat but very windy road on the way back to the Oceanside Harbor.
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The athletes transition to the 13.1-mile run on a course that utilizes the scenic beauty of the city of Oceanside. The double-loop run course winds traverses between the upper level of Oceanside’s Pacific Street and the lower level of The Strand, Oceanside’s flat beachfront road, utilizing the ramps on Oceanside Pier and then out onto the southern portion where the architecture is something out of a fairy tale mixed in with beach cottages.
The 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 Oceanside triathlon offers 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2019 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nice, France and a total professional prize purse of $50,000
• The event will welcome more than 3,500 registered participants
• Athletes are traveling from 47 states (California – 2,017) and 33 countries (U.S. – 3,233)
• 18-year-old Sarah Salama from Scottsdale, AZ is the youngest athlete racing
• 80-year-old John Holman from San Diego, CA is the oldest athlete racing
• Occupations include Chef, Nurse, Flight Attendant, Fire Fighter, Engineer, Teacher andWinemaker
Thursday, April 4
• 11:00 a.m.- 7:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village – Oceanside Pier Area
Friday, April 5
• 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village
• 3:00 p.m. – Athlete Panel – Junior Seau Pier Amphitheater
• 5:00 p.m. – IRONKIDS Oceanside Fun Run – Oceanside Pier Area; On the strand. IRONKIDS® fun run offers young athletes the opportunity to feel the excitement of competition while enjoying the outdoors and promoting healthy living.
Saturday, April 6 – Race Day
• 6:40 a.m. – Pro Race Start
• 6:46 a.m. – Physically Challenged/Challenged Athletes Foundation Race Start
• 6:50 a.m. – Age Group Rolling Start
• 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. – IRONMAN Village
• *Approx. 10:20 a.m. – First (male) finisher expected at finish line (Female winner to follow approx. 20 minutes)
• 4:00 p.m. – Awards Ceremony & 70.3 IM 70.3 World Championship Slot Allocation / Rolldown Ceremony
• 4:35 p.m. – Official Race Finish (8 hours and 30 minutes after the final athlete enters the water)
Sunday, April 7
• 9:00 a.m. – IRONMAN Foundation Service Project (Adaptive surf clinic) – Oceanside Pier
Full event schedule can be found Here.
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