IRONMAN 70.3 San Juan

San Juan will host the first annual IRONMAN competition on Sunday March 18, 2012.

The Ironman 70.3 events combine swimming, bicycling and running in one of the most intense athletic competitions that test an athlete's skill, strategy and endurance.

The course will start with swimming in the Condado Lagoon, continue with bicycling along the north coast to Dorado, swim in the Condado Lagoon and finish with the foot race through Old San Juan:

SWIM – Participants will swim 1.2 miles (1.9 km), which will be held in the protected waters of the Condado Lagoon. Spectators and Athletes will have a great view of the Swim Course from the San Juan Beach, the Dos Hermanos Bridge and the Caribe Hilton's San Geronimo grounds. Water temperatures are expected to be around 78° Fahrenheit (26° Celsius). The transition between the swim and bike will take place in the Sixto Escobar Stadium, adjacent to the Caribe Hilton (view Ironman 70.3 San Juan 2011, Swim Course – Click Here).

BIKE – Athletes will endure a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride. The majority of the bike course will cover the northern part of the island from San Juan heading west towards the municipality of Dorado. During this course, the athletes will enjoy beach front views and some short but challenging hills (view Ironman 70.3 San Juan 2011, Bike Course – Click Here).

RUN – The running course will take athletes on a 13.1 mile (21 km) run through the city of Old San Juan. Runners will make their way through the northern part of the islet with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, running past 16th century Spanish architecture on their way to reach the turn around point at the entrance of the famous Fort San Felipe del Morro. This 16th century citadel, constructed to protect the town from attack by sea, is one of the highlights of any tour of the old city, a rocky web of tunnels and barracks, towers and prisons. Probably the most famous monument from Spanish colonial times, the fortress stands out on a rocky islet, forever a reminder of a different age. Runners will return to the transition area to start the second and final loop (view Ironman 70.3 San Juan 2011, Run Course – Click Here).

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The following small hotels are just a short bus ride, run, bike or swim from the San Juan Ironman!

Small Hotels in San Juan, Puerto Rico