IRONMAN 70.3 Hawaii 2013 – Course Preview
Ironman 70.3 Hawaii will commence in a few hours time. While spectators may not need to understand the ins and outs of the course with as much depth as those competing in this years Hawaii qualifier, having a good understanding of the course will make spectating the race that much more enjoyable. With that said, in the video below, IRONMAN live host Greg Welch gives viewers at home a preview of this years course which begins at the beautiful and world famous Hapuna Beach.
Triathletes will swim through the 1.2 mile course followed by a 300 yard run into the transition area where triathletes will enter into the cycling portion of the race. The 56 mile cycling course will include the infamous highway 270, the steepest and arguably the most difficult part of the cycling course before ending in a turnaround that leads back to the Fairmont Orchid hotel. The 13.1 mile running portion of the race will stretch over a variety of terrain, including the golf course, golf cart paths and pavement. The run can be broken up roughly into four 3.5 mile segments:
- The golf course – Arguably the hottest and most humid part of the course. Participants are advised to stay cool and hydrated.
- Out and Back section
- Rear-end of the Fairmont Orchid hotel – The flattest part of the run course
- Fairmont Orchid grounds – The final stretch
Check out the video below from The Official Ironman Channel for more details on this challenging but breathtakingly beautiful course.
Let us know what your thoughts are on this year’s course in the comments below.