Thursday, October 30, 2008

Event of the Week: IM Florida

Panama City Beach will play host to the Florida Ironman this Saturday, Nov. 1st. You'll catch quite a few Austinites participating in the 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run, including J&A blogger Michelle Garel and her husband Michael. Local Pro Triathletes, Jason McMillian and Richard Freer will also be representing.

The 2 loop swim in the Gulf of Mexico is a little bit different than most triathlons in that after the first loop, the participants must exit the water and do the turnaround on the beach. The bike portion is flat and fast, but wind could be a challenge. The tri concludes with a 2 loop marathon course.

Below is part of the schedule for IM Florida and it's what you can expect at most Ironman events: (FYI, there's no race day registration!)

Friday, October 31, 2008

  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.-Gatorade bag check-in. Representatives from Gatorade will be on hand to watch your gear and give away some Gatorade, water bottles and other goodies.
  • 7:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m.- Blue Seventy Wetsuit Test and Fit Sessions
  • 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-Athlete pancake breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. – 2009 Ford Ironman Registration for 2008 registrants ONLY
  • 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.-Ford Ironman Marketplace opens
  • 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.-Bike and gear bag check-in
    Note: There will be no bike inspection.

Saturday, Nov. 1, 2008

  • 5:00 a.m.-Athletes begin arriving at the transition zone-Boardwalk Beach Resort
  • 7:00 a.m.-Race Starts
  • 7:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.-NA Sports Merchandise Store open
  • Midnight-Race Finishes

Sunday, Nov. 2, 2008

  • 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.- NA Sports Merchandise Store open with 2008 Finisher gear!
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-2009 Ford Ironman Florida Registration opens-Ford Ironman Marketplace, photo ID required
  • 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.-2009 Ford Ironman World Championship Registration-Ford Ironman Marketplace
  • 11:05 a.m.- Ford Ironman World Championship Roll down-Ford Ironman Marketplace
  • 5:30 p.m.-Philadelphia Insurance Awards Banquet
  • 8:00 p.m.-Post-race celebration-Spinnaker Beach Club


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