Ironman Modifies the 70.3 World Championship Course
TAMPA - The fourth annual Ironman event takes athletes along a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run and will take place on Saturday, Nov. 14, in Clearwater.
To further reduce traffic for residents and businesses along the bike course, while also offering athletes an enhanced event experience, the following changes will be implemented:
Professional athletes will compete for a $100,000 prize purse. The top 10 professional male and female finishers and each age group champion will automatically qualify for the 2010 Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2010.
The 2008 event drew more than 1,200 athletes with 6,000 out-of-state visitors, according to research conducted by the St. Petersburg/Clearwater Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. The economic impact garnered from last year's 70.3 World Championship reached more than $5 million. Clearwater Beach and surrounding areas will also be showcased during the NBC broadcast of the event, which will air in early 2010.
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