Local pros expect ‘brutal’ Boulder Ironman in August

sunOn the heels of Boulder’s 70.3 on Sunday, some of the local pros sound off regarding the full Ironman coming up in August, predicting a brutal race that is “exposed to the sun and radiating heat.”

From the Boulder Daily Camera:

Boulder has been the site of a half-Ironman race for 13 years, but the town so many elite athletes use as a training ground will finally graduate to full Ironman in early August when it hosts its first 140.6-mile triathlon.

The men and women who make a living competing as pros on the Ironman circuit expect Boulder’s first Ironman to be “brutal.” Race organizers confirmed Monday that Boulder’s Ironman Aug. 3 will be the largest Ironman in history with more than 3,000 registered to compete. The race sold out in less than a week.

Boulder has become so popular with elite athletes because it’s a desirable place to live combined with high altitude and proximity to a major airport on top of everything else the area offers.

The altitude is the first issue racers think of when they imagine what race day will be like Aug. 3 when elite athletes and plenty of Average Joes will try to conquer a 2.4-mile swim at Boulder Reservoir, followed by a 112-mile bike course that will take racers to Loveland and back to Boulder High School before tackling a full marathon that will culminate at the finish line in downtown Boulder at 13th and Pearl.

“It’s going to be a very honest, very tough race,” said Greg Bennett, a 2004 member of the Australian Olympic team. “I don’t think any of us would expect anything less for Boulder. The world’s greatest athletes live here and I think whoever fronts up to give it a go, they’re going to know they did a race. That’s for sure.”

Race director Dave Christen said Monday that Boulder’s Ironman Aug. 3 will be the largest Ironman in history with more than 3,000 registered to compete. The race sold out in less than a week. . .

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