U.S. Ironman Championships Coming To NYC

Contestants in next year's Ironman Championships will be swimming in the Hudson River. Photo: DNAinfo.com

Contestants in next year's Ironman Championships will be swimming in the Hudson River. Photo: DNAinfo.com

The planners weren’t allowed to close any city streets for the inaugural event.

One of the world’s most difficult sports is coming to the Big Apple. Next August, the 2012 U.S. Ironman Championships will be held in New York City. According to an article in the New York Times, the event took seven years of planning with the firm rule that no city street may be closed along the 140.6-mile course.

The 2.4-mile swim will be held in the Hudson River, while the 112-mile bike ride will take place along the Palisades Parkway. Finally, the 26.2-mile run will start in Fort Lee, New Jersey and conclude in Manhattan’s Riverside Park.

“With this, New York is going to become the triathlon capital of America,” said race director John Korff. “We are going to have the two most popular races at their distances in the country. This is going to be a huge perceptional change. People think this is a concrete jungle but it’s a recreation center, too. We’ll show them you can swim, bike and run in New York City.”

For More: The New York Times

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