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Breaking Down the Science By Terry Dupler, Ph.D.

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Fuel for Success By Matt Erlenbusch, M.S., R.D.

12 4 Steps to Get Your Bike Ready for Ironman By Aaron Hersh 14 Hit Your Perfect Racing Weight This Season! By Matt Fitzgerald 16 Rules of the Road 52 My Road to Kona By Mirinda Carfrae

IRONMAN QUALIFIERS 18 Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand, March 3, 2012 Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa, April 22, 2012

38 Ironman UK, July 22, 2012 Ironman Mont-Tremblant, Aug. 19, 2012

20 Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne, March 25, 2012

40 Ironman U.S. Championship, Aug. 11, 2012

22 Ironman St. George, May 5, 2012

41 Subaru Ironman Canada, Aug. 26, 2012

24 Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia, May 6, 2012 Ironman Lanzarote Canarias, May 19, 2012

42 Ironman Louisville, Aug. 26, 2012

25 Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas, May 19, 2012

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44 Ironman Wisconsin, Sept. 9, 2012 Ironman Wales, Sept. 16, 2012 46 Ironman World Championship, Oct. 13, 2012

28 Ironman France, June 24, 2012

48 Ironman Florida, Nov. 3, 2012 Ironman Arizona, Nov. 18, 2012

30 Ironman Coeur d’Alene, June 24, 2012 Ironman Austria, July 1, 2012

50 Ford Ironman Cozumel, Nov. 25, 2012 SunSmart Ironman Western Australia, Dec. 9, 2012

32 Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship, July 8, 2012

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34 Ironman Zurich Switzerland, powered by ewz, July 15, 2012

Note: Race list at time of press. All event information is subject to change. Please check Ironman.com for updates and current information.

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26 Ironman Brasil, May 27, 2012 Ironman Regensburg, June 17, 2012

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IT'S IN YOUR HANDS It was February 1982, and I was a PE teacher at a small private school in San Diego and heading to Kona for my third consecutive Ironman triathlon. The event had moved to Kona for the first time in 1981, and the growth had been staggering. In my first Ironman on Oahu in 1980, there had been a total of 108 starters. In 1981, after the Ironman had appeared on national television for the first time, the number tripled to 326. There were two races in 1982 and the one in February drew 580 and, after the drama of the women’s race that year, the October 1982 event topped out at 850. Ironman was on a roll. I have now been back to the Ironman every year since 1980, six times as a really slow participant and the rest as a proud member of the media. People ask me all the time what it was about the Ironman that touched a nerve and served as the impetus to a growth spurt that has now led to 27 Ironman events and 57 Ironman 70.3 events around the world. To me, that pivotal moment came in February of 1982. While Dave Scott won his first of six Ironman titles in 1980 and cycling legend John Howard followed suit in 1981, nothing could compare to the drama of that February 1982 event. In years past, it had taken months to edit the TV show to get it on air. But the producers realized they had something unique in the can after the February 1982 race and rushed to get the show to air. Viewers around the world watched a young, red haired, freckle-faced Julie Moss wearing an oversized trucker’s hat stagger, fall 4

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down, get up and, after being passed by Kathleen McCartney for the win in the last 25 yards of the race, actually crawl to the line and collapse across it. Julie Moss looked like your next-door neighbor, and her courageous finish touched a nerve. “This is crazy,” people thought as they watched the action from the comfort of their living room. “Why would anyone push themselves so hard?” Then these same viewers spotted the smile on Julie Moss’ lips as she lay on the pavement— and that gave them pause. “If this event, if this effort means so much to this young woman that she actually is willing to crawl, there must be something really special about that finish line.” Little did they know. The draw of that finish line in Kona gets bigger every single year. Fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, cancer survivors and athletes facing ridiculous challenges all congregate in Kona on one glorious Saturday each October to fulfill a dream and to grasp for the briefest of moments the emotion that comes hand in hand with crossing the most important and impactful finish line in sport. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Julie Moss’ crawl through the darkness, a moment that has not only defined our sport, but motivated and inspired all that followed her lead. Will you be on the starting line in Kona in October for the Ironman World Championship or at Lake Las Vegas in September for the Ironman World Championship 70.3? At this point it’s in your hands. All of the races that can help get you to either or both classic events are included in the pages that follow. The sport of triathlon changes lives, and an Ironman finish line is at the very top of bucket lists. That all started back in the day with Julie Moss. Will this be the year that the sport of triathlon changes your life? That, my friend, is up to you! See you at the finish line.

Bob Babbitt is a Triathlete contributing editor, the co-founder of Competitor magazine, the co-founder of the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the host of Competitor Radio and the 10th inductee into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame.

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BREAKING DOWN THE SCIENCE Never quite understood what lactate threshold means? Here’s the science behind it and how to apply it to your training. By Terry Dupler, Ph.D.

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ne of the most misunderstood and least utilized pieces of physiological data is an athlete’s lactate threshold (LT). Historically, athletes have understood LT to be the point at which they are becoming anaerobic. Thus, they have believed they are transitioning from aerobic energy metabolism to anaerobic pathways. This is simply not the case and is one of the most misunderstood aspects of LT. Sports Medicine Institute at Memorial Hertion) zones or other measures of training As an athlete works harder and mann for runners, cyclists and triathletes. intensity. You will know exactly how fast harder—let’s say as a percentage of max The exercise test features increasing paces or how hard you should run or bike based pace—his or her aerobic system will be or workloads. Every 3–4 minutes, we take upon your lactate response. doing the bulk of the work of producing a blood sample, determine your lactate for This chart demonstrates a lactate energy. As you move that workload, and profile. The zones are marked to show up to your LT and then progress to the specific training intensities by pace and past it, the aerobic next workload. Once heart rate. There are many different For more information system is still workwe find your actual percentage methods out there, so your about how the ing just fine. In fact, LT, we can estabcoach may use different percentages of performance it’s working as hard lish training zones your LT for your zones. improvement team as it can and this is and paces which where the anaerobic at the Ironman Sports are very precise Terry Dupler, Ph.D., is the lead exercise system, specifically for your physiphysiologist for the Ironman Sports Medicine Institute can glycolysis, needs ological response to Medicine Institute at Memorial Hermann take your triathlon to contribute more exercise. There is no and is an associate professor at the training to the next energy production. guesswork about University of Houston-Clear Lake. He level, visit Ironman. You are not becomheart rate (HR) coaches cyclists, triathletes and marathon ing anaerobic; you zones or RPE (rate runners, and has raced in endurance sports memorialhermann.org. are simply beginning of perceived exerfor more than 12 years. to consume or burn more carbohydrates, and this process Lactate & Heart Rate by Pace LT @ 6:00 min/mi & 167 bpm produces more lactic acid. The higher you 200 9 go above your LT, the greater the contriHeart Rate Lactate bution needed by glycolysis. In fact, you 180 8 can go all the way to maximal oxygen consumption, and ensure your aerobic 160 7 system is working just fine all the way to Lactate Threshold 140 100 percent of VO2max. You just need 6 more energy from glycolysis to perform 120 the work because your aerobic system is 5 a slower energy producing process. So, 100 myth debunked! Your LT is not the point 4 80 at which you become anaerobic. You may well be able to run an entire marathon 3 60 or an Olympic-distance triathlon at that 2 pace, maybe even faster. 40 Now that we know what your lactate 1 threshold is and why it shows up, how can 20 ZONE 1 ZONE 2 ZONE 3 ZONE 4 we use it in training? The best way to find 0 0 your LT is to have an actual lactate profile Pace (min/mile) 6:00 min/mile established. We do this test at the Ironman

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FUEL FOR SUCCESS When it comes to racing a triathlon, you can’t forget the race-day nutrition details. By Matt Erlenbusch, M.S., R.D. NILS NILSEN

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othing undermines several months of earnest training like failing to plan nutritionally on race day. All you need is a little bit of nutritional know-how and a disciplined plan in order to access your highest sport potential. Carbohydrate depletion is one of the primary (and most common) limiters in endurance-sport performance, even among top-tier pros. Your task is to avoid that limiter, which is something pretty easy to get right. Knowledge is power

It is impossible to replace all of the fuel that you will be using during your Ironman event, yet it is possible to obtain an intelligent goal-fuel replacement plan. Your focus should be on replenishing the limited carbohydrate stores in your muscle and liver tissues. The general recommendation of replacing 0.5 grams of carbohydrate per pound (1.2 grams of carbohydrate per kg) of total body weight per hour (for events lasting more than 2–3 hours) is a reasonable start. An even easier method is to use the following online calculator at Powerbar.com/ powercoach. Since the stresses of racing usually reduce your ability to tolerate and digest food, especially toward the end of a race, you need to find a more accurate and field-tested number. Starting with the personalized carbohydrates per hour as calculated above, see how many calories your body tolerates on your key long efforts (such as five-plus-hour rides, two-plus-hour runs) that mimic race pace. Wear extra clothes if you need to simulate heat conditions. Note your body’s tolerance of that carbohydrate level, and adjust your intake up or down accordingly. You now have a personalized and

field-tested goal of how many grams of carbohydrate per hour to ingest. This is premium information few race-day athletes are armed with. Power planning

What to eat: Your nutrition research and hours of training should teach you what to eat when racing, but it is safe to assume that the majority of your fuel will come from sports drinks, energy bars and energy gels, in the form of carbohydrates. A PowerBar Performance bar contains about 41 to 45 grams of carbs per one-bar serving, a PowerBar Energy Gel has about 27 grams per packet, and an Ironman Perform sports drink mix contains 17 grams of carbs per 8 fluid ounces (240 mL). For context, a common strategy for a 175-pound athlete would be to ingest one of each of the above per hour, plus adequate fluid to maintain hydration, for a total of approximately 87 grams of carbs. How to eat: The bike should be when you ingest most of your solid food (most athletes find they can tolerate only gels and fluids during the run). On the bike, you can store food in a singlet or jersey back pocket, a food storage bag designed to fit within your handlebar cockpit, or a gel flask mount for your bike frame. Some Ironman athletes attach solid food or gels directly to their bike frames. You can also use electrical tape to attach gel packets by their tear tabs to your top tube for quick access. A fantastic option for your fluids is an aerobar-mounted bottle that allows you to drink while in the aero position. During the run, you want your gel flask to be as accessible as possible. Simply holding the flask during the entire run was always my preference, as it required minimal thought, yet its easy access

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kept it at the front of my mind. Make sure you hold the flask with the opening turned toward the ground so that gravity can keep the gel ready to ingest. A belt with holsters for multiple flasks is also a popular option to wrap around your waist at T2. Experiment with what works best for you among these options while training and focus on their convenience. Anticipate losing your appetite after several hours out there, and expect fuel intake to become an energy-requiring task. Choose the strategies you find easiest so that you can focus your energy on racing rather than fueling. You will be given ample warning of aid station locations, special-needs bag pickups, and products and flavors offered

(and quickly discarding the empty aid bottle), then replacing the bottles in your regular cages if needed. As your aero bottle empties on the course, continually empty your caged bottle contents into the aero bottle, allowing you to maximize the aero bottle’s convenience. Small systems like this minimize chaos creeping into your day. You should also utilize the special-needs bag dropoff—don’t miss it! "It's impossible to Ride slowly through it. replace all the fuel That single minute at 10 that you will be mph instead of 18 mph using during your will have a far smaller impact on your overall Ironman event, time than missing your yet it is possible 1300-calorie bag. Two to obtain an fresh bottles of sports intelligent, goaldrink, a fresh gel flask and fuel replacement two bars make up a sufficient bag. Anticipate the plan." handoff and arrive at the station with empty bottle cages, an empty gel flask and no bars. At the run special-needs station, refill your gel flasks. If you are wearing a belt for your gel flasks while running, you may be able to skip this handoff. on the course. Integrate this knowledge When to eat: When to ingest fuel should into your training and fueling plan: Train be planned. Aim for the most even intake with exactly what will be at the race. You possible throughout the day to avoid can rely on aid stations for your liquid surges of blood flow diverting away from fuel and water, but you should plan on your working muscles to absorb carbohybringing all of your solid food and gels, drates. Remove the calculating from your and then use the course food in case of race day by eating a third of your hourly emergency. intake (perhaps 20 to 30 grams of carbs) Because the stations can sometimes every 20 minutes by your watch. This be disorderly, when you enter, you should can be achieved by fueling every time the identify the volunteers who have what minute display is :00, :20, or :40. Don’t get you want, then point at them and yell derailed if this isn’t executed perfectly, “water!” or “sports drink!” This proactive but this is a reasonable system to keep contact will ensure volunteers are foyou on task. cused on you, and thus you can maximize your chances of a successful handoff. Matt Erlenbusch is a registered dietitian (Don’t forget to thank them.) with an MS in exercise science, an Ironman At every aid station, an immediate priathlete and on PowerBar’s panel of experts. ority should be refilling your aero bottle

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4 STEPS TO GET YOUR BIKE READY FOR IRONMAN By Aaron Hersh

GET THE RIGHT GEARING. Running off the TUNE IT. Whatever your municipality uses to keep the roads free of ice during the winter is probably sitting on your drivetrain right now. Whether it’s sand, salt or another de-icer, that substance has made its way between your chain links and onto the teeth of your chainrings and cassette. If you have the tools and know-how, now is the perfect time to take your drivetrain components off the bike to degrease, scrub and re-grease them for the season. If getting elbow-deep in grease and road salt isn’t how you want to spend your weekend, take your ride into a bike shop and request a full drivetrain clean. After removing the muck, ensure the derailleurs and brakes are properly adjusted with the wheels you will race mounted to the bike. Finally, check the tension of every bolt using a torque wrench.

bike is hard under the best circumstances. Grinding on the bike up a steep hill with a slow cadence makes it even more difficult. If you’re racing on a hilly bike course, swap your cassette for one with larger cogs to help you spin up a climb. A new mid-level cassette typically costs about $100. Both Shimano and SRAM offer cassettes with a very large easiest gear, which reduces the speed required to hold a high cadence when slogging up a hill.

PRO TIP: LINSEY CORBIN “Before a race, I like to take an Allen wrench to my bike to double-check all my nuts and bolts pre-race to make sure they are tight. I show up to transition with plenty of time in case something goes wrong so I have plenty of time to fix my bike, just in case." PRO TIP: JESSE THOMAS “Set your bike up completely the day before the race (race wheels, hydration systems, and anything else you bring), ride it, then don't change anything! My biggest race-day mishaps have been caused by changing something without testing it before the race.”

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CARRY YOUR STUFF EFFICIENTLY. It’s no secret that finishing a 112- or 56-mile bike leg requires a lot of nutrition and in-case-ofemergency supplies. Whether you decide to rely heavily on aid stations to supply nutrition or you prefer carrying your own nutrition, there are four primary ways to schlep the necessities without turning your bike into triathlon’s version of a pack mule. You can attach a water bottle cage or aero bottle between your aerobars, mount bottle cages on the frame, strap storage packs to the top tube or bolt a rear hydration system to the saddle that is capable of carrying bottles and flat repair.

PRO TIP: MACKENZIE MADISON “Bring more calories than you plan on using. You'll drop some, spill some, eject some on a pothole. It’s better to have an extra gel or two taped to the bar than to run out of nutrition. Also, tape a small piece of candy or something else that will make you happy when you start to fade."

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PREVENT FLATS. Don’t let a flat tire stop you from reaching the finish line. Double-check your tires two weeks before race day and replace them if they aren’t in excellent condition. If the rubber at the crest of the tire is flat, if there are tiny shards of glass throughout the rubber or if the tire sidewalls are cracking, it’s time to replace it.

PRO TIP: JESSE THOMAS “Bring the backups. Even as a pro, I bring a way to replace or at least fill a flatted tubular. If I ride with tubes, I take a tube and a CO2 cartridge. There's nothing worse than training for a race and not being able to finish because of some bad luck." PRO TIP: LINSEY CORBIN “I like to take a mini razor with my spare tire when riding tubulars just in case the glue holds the tire too tightly on the rim and I can’t get it off with my hands.”

Aaron Hersh is the senior tech editor of Triathlete magazine.

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very triathlete knows that weight matters. To perform at your best in events, you need to get your body weight down toward the low end of your personal healthy range. In practical terms, that means getting rid of excess body fat, leaving only the fat your body needs to function optimally. It’s a simple concept, but most triathletes have as hard a time actually reaching their ideal racing weight as many overweight non-athletes have achieving their own weight-loss goals. One of the reasons triathletes struggle to get as lean as they want to be is that they try to prioritize fat loss and race-focused fitness building simultaneously. While athletes typically burn off some excess body fat in the course of preparing for events, the best diet and exercise program for fat loss is different from the best diet and exercise program for race preparation. Therefore it’s best to keep the two agendas somewhat separate. When you’re increasing your training to get ready to race, your top nutritional priority is fueling your body adequately for performance in workouts and for recovery between workouts. Rationing your calories too strictly in an effort to cut weight while gaining fitness is likely to leave your body under-fueled and struggling to perform and recover. The most effective way to quickly shed excess body fat is to combine a daily calorie deficit with a balanced, manageable workout program that won’t be compromised by careful calorie rationing. In short, the weight-loss phase of your calendar should be kept largely distinct from the race-preparation phase. A sensible approach is to prioritize fat loss during a four- to eight-week racing weight “quick start” phase that immediately precedes the beginning of a race-focused training cycle in which building fitness becomes your new top priority. Within a quick start, your diet and

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training should differ from your diet and training within the race-preparation phase in five key ways. 1. Moderate calorie deficit

To lose weight you must consume fewer calories than your body burns each day. In a quick start, your daily calorie deficit fat-burning and muscle-sparing effects needs to be large enough to promote of your strength training. fairly rapid loss of excess body fat, yet not so large that you lack sufficient 4. Fasting workouts energy to perform well in your workouts. A fasting workout is a long, moderateThe calorie deficit “sweet spot” is 200 to intensity ride or run undertaken in a 400 calories per day. Such a deficit would fasted state—that is, without a meal be too large in periods of heavy training beforehand and without carbohydrate for races, but it’s perfect for quick starts, consumption during the session. When when your training load is lower. you deprive your To calculate how muscles of carbohydrate many calories you need in a long workout they to eat daily in a quick For additional burn a lot more fat. Such start, first determine exguidance, workouts also boost actly how many calories check out Matt general fat-burning your body burns each capacity. I suggest you day and then subtract Fitzgerald’s perform one fasting your desired deficit from Racing Weight workout per week that number. Quick Start during quick starts, alGuide. ternating between rides 2. Strength training and runs. During a quick start you should make a greater 5. Sprint intervals commitment to strength training than When personal trainers work with you do within the race-preparation non-athlete clients seeking weight loss, phase. Research has shown that when a they do not have these clients perform calorie deficit is combined with strength multi-hour rides and runs. Instead they training, nearly all of the resulting weight have them perform very short, very loss is actual fat loss. When a calorie defihigh-intensity sprint intervals. (For cit is not combined with strength trainexample, 20 stationary bike sprints ing, weight loss is equal but body fat loss lasting 20 seconds each.) Research has is less, because muscle mass is lost too. demonstrated that sprint intervals promote a high rate of fat burning in the 3. Increased protein intake hours that follow the session through While carbohydrate is king within the a phenomenon known as EPOC (excess training cycle, I recommend switching post-exercise oxygen consumption). to a high-protein diet—getting as much Also, relatively unfit individuals tend to as 30 percent of your daily calories from tolerate them very well—it’s easier for protein—during the several weeks of the out-of-shape to do a bunch of short a quick start. Protein is the most filling sprints than a very long cardio workout nutrient, and research has shown that at lower intensity. “dieters” experience significantly less Sprint intervals are also ideal fathunger when they combine a calorie burning workouts for triathletes engagdeficit with increased protein intake. A ing in a quick start. Your training volume high-protein diet will also enhance the

is necessarily lower during a quick start than it is during the race-preparation phase. You can’t maintain maximum training volume year-round, or you’ll burn out. Obviously, the higher your training volume is, the more calories your burn. So when your training volume is lower, as it is in a quick start, you need to burn calories in alternative ways. Sprint interval sessions are the perfect alternative. No other type of work promotes more fat burning on a per-minute basis. And while sprint intervals are challenging, they won’t put you at risk of burning out. In fact, they will give you a solid fitness foundation to build on in the race-preparation phase that follows. I recommend performing one set of sprint intervals in each of the three triathlon disciplines every week throughout a quick start. Note that running sprints are safest to do on a steep hill, as this reduces the risk of hamstring strains. Putting It All Together

To complete a successful quick start, you must create meal plans that hit your daily calorie target and your 30 percent protein target simultaneously. You’ll also need to design a sensible training plan that combines strength workouts, fasting workouts, and power intervals, plus the right amount of aerobic filler. It’s not so hard, and there are resources available (such as Calorieking.com for the caloriecounting piece) to guide you through each of these steps. Good luck in your training and racing goals this season. Matt Fitzgerald is the author of Racing Weight Quick Start Guide (VeloPress 2011) and a coach and training intelligence specialist for PEAR Sports (Pearsports.com).

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Rules of the Road What you need to know about qualifying for the 2012 Ironman World Championship and Ironman World Championship 70.3 events. Entry Fees

Ironman World Championship entry fee: $750 USD Ironman World Championship 70.3 entry fee: $350 USD Non-USAT members must purchase a one-day membership for $10 USD. Qualifying Races

Athletes may gain entry into the Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13, 2012, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, by earning a qualifying slot at one of the qualifying events held worldwide. Qualifying races vary in length, ranging from Ironman 70.3 events (1.2-mile swim, 56mile bike, 13.1-mile run) to full-distance Ironman events (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run). Athletes may gain entry into the 2012 Ironman World Championship 70.3, taking place on Sept. 9, 2012, at Lake Las Vegas in Henderson, Nev., by earning a qualifying slot at one of the qualifying events held worldwide. All Ironman World Championship 70.3 qualifying races are 70.3 events. Each qualifying event awards Ironman World Championship or Ironman World Championship 70.3 slots to the top age-group finishers. Athletes qualifying at either a domestic or international qualifying event will receive an

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official qualifying letter and are required to pay the entry fee on-site. Athletes must then register online following the qualifying event. Please visit the individual race website to determine how many slots are available in your age group. All of the sites can be accessed at Ironman.com. Ironman Lottery Program

Beginning in 2012, the Ironman Lottery Program will feature two enhancements, including the new Ironman Legacy Program. One hundred general age-group athletes, 100 Legacy athletes and five physically challenged athletes will be selected to compete in the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. General age-group athletes will have an increased chance of being selected for the Ironman Lottery based on the number of years that they have entered. Selected general age-group athletes must complete either an Ironman or Ironman 70.3 event to validate their slot. Lottery winners must complete a validating race and submit all validating information to Lottery@ironman.com by Aug. 31, 2012. There is no general lottery for the Ironman World Championship 70.3. The newly launched Ironman Legacy Program will grant loyal Ironman

athletes an opportunity to compete in Kona at least once in their lifetime. One hundred Legacy winners will be chosen by WTC, and selection will be based on several criteria. To be eligible for selection in the 2012 Legacy Program, athletes must have completed the following: • Minimum of 12 full-distance Ironmanbranded races • Have never participated in the Ironman World Championship • Have completed at least one Ironman event in each of the 2010 and 2011 seasons • Registered for an Ironman event in 2012 Online registration for the 2012 Ironman Lottery Program must be received on or before Feb. 28, 2012. Lottery winners will be announced on April 15, 2012, at noon EDT on Ironman.com. The entry fee for the Ironman Lottery is $40 USD for general entry and $50 USD for Passport Club entry (second-chance general age-group only). One entry per athlete; duplicate entries will not be valid. A mainstay in the history of Ironman, the Ironman Lottery Program began in 1983, thanks to the vision of one of Ironman's founders, John Collins, as a way to provide athletes ranging in ability the opportunity to qualify for the world's most challenging one-day endurance event.

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To register for the Ironman Lottery Program, log on to Ironmanworldchampionship.com. All general lottery questions should be directed to Lottery@ironman.com.

all validating information to Lottery@ ironman.com by Aug. 31, 2012. Failure to comply will result in forfeiture of the lottery slot.

PHYSICALLY CHALLENGED LOTTERY

To register for the Physically Challenged Ironman Lottery Program, log on to Ironmanworldchampionship.com. Questions should be directed to Lottery@ironman.com.

There are five slots for the Ironman World Championship and five slots for the Ironman World Championship 70.3 available in the Physically Challenged (PC) Lottery worldwide. Athletes may not enter both the general and PC lotteries. The following defines the divisions for the PC Lottery: Upper Extremity: Consisting of athletes who have had one or both arm(s) amputated, above- or below-the-elbow, and will use a prosthesis on the bike portion. Lower Extremity: Consisting of athletes who are above- or below-the-knee amputees. Athletes may use a standard bicycle and prosthetics or crutches during the run portion. Wheelchair One: Consisting of athletes who are single above- or below-the-knee amputees and who ride a standard bicycle but use a racing wheelchair for the run portion. Wheelchair Two: Consisting of athletes who are double below- or above-the-knee amputees and who ride a standard bicycle but use a racing chair for the run portion. Visually impaired: Consisting of athletes who are legally blind (20/200 with bestcorrected vision) and require a guide throughout the race. Athletes are required to submit a medical description of his or her physical disability from a primary-care physician. Upon review of information received, all eligible athletes will be registered for the PC Lottery. Any application received with incomplete information will not be processed for lottery selection. Any decision on whether or not an athlete meets the criteria for a specific division is at WTC’s sole discretion. Physically Challenged Lottery winners must complete a validating race before Aug. 31, 2012, and submit

HAND-CYCLE DIVISION

Athletes competing in the Hand-Cycle (HC) division can qualify for either world championship at either Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake or Ironman 70.3 Antwerp. Both qualifying races have two male and one female slot. HC athletes are not eligible for the PC Lottery. 2012 AUTOMATIC AGE-GROUP QUALIFIER POLICY

Ironman World Championship: 2011 age-group champions will be invited back to compete in 2012 but must pay the entry fee. Ironman World Championship 70.3: 2011 age-group champions will be invited back to compete in 2012 but must pay the entry fee. General information regarding Ironman and Ironman 70.3 slots: • Entries may not be transferred or deferred. • Entrants must be a minimum of 18 years old on race day. • Professional/elite athletes are not eligible for lottery selection. • It is mandatory to notify Ironman via e-mail if you are unable to compete.

CONTACT INFORMATION Ironman World Headquarters 2701 North Rocky Point Drive Suite 1250 Tampa, FL 33607 Office: 813-868-5940 Fax: 813-868-5930

IRONMAN 70.3 QUALIFIERS

for the 2012 Ironman World Championship

KONA

QUALIFIER

Flip the magazine over for the Ironman 70.3 races and look for this logo to indicate races that have slots for the 2012 Ironman World Championship:

• 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 ST. CROIX (PAGE 14) • 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 HAWAI`I (PAGE 17) • 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 EAGLEMAN (PAGE 21) • 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 BUFFALO SPRINGS LAKE (PAGE 23) • 2012 IRONMAN 70.3 ANTWERP (THREE HAND-CYCLE SLOTS ONLY) (PAGE 30)

Ironman World Championship: Ironmanworldchampionship.com; Kona@ironman.com Ironman World Championship 70.3: Ironmanvegas.com; Vegas@ironman.com Ironman Lottery Program: Ironmanworldchampionship.com/qualification; Lottery@ironman.com Website: Ironman.com

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SPEC-SAVERS

IRONMAN South Africa AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA DATE APRIL

22, 2012 ENTRY FEE 4000-4500 ZAR NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 27-41-581-7990

chevonne.schroeder@ironman.com

Ironmansouthafrica.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile ocean swim takes athletes into the bay for two loops and a short beach run between loops. Water temperatures can vary between 62 and 76 F (17 and 25 C) on race day.

KELLOGG’S NUTRI-GRAIN

IRONMAN New Zealand AT A GLANCE: LOCATION TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND DATE MARCH 3, 2012 ENTRY FEE $760-960 NZD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS FOR THE 2012

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 64-9-303-0193

Info@ironman.co.nz

Ironman.co.nz

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place in beautiful Lake Taupo, and the course is one large rectangular loop with the first turn buoy more than 1,700 meters from the deepwater start line. Water temperatures vary between 62 and 66 F (17 and 19 C). BIKE: The 112-mile, two-loop course starts to the cheers of spectators before heading into the natural forest and farmland surrounding Taupo. The course is described as undulating with enough challenging sections to create a fair race. On the second loop, athletes are greeted by spectators lining the lakefront.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: With Taupo being the center of geothermal activity, you can’t miss a soak in the Taupo Hot Springs. Learn more about New Zealand Maori Culture with walks, tours and evening shows at the Wairakei Terraces, or you can take a boat trip on the lake or mountain bike through some of the best trails in the country. The town is known for its cuisine and fresh food from the local markets and provinces. Learn more at Laketauponz.com and Newzealand.com.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Cameron Brown (NZL) 2 Terenzo Bozzone (NZL) 3 Mathias Hecht (SUI)

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WOMEN 1 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 2 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 3 Joanna Lawn (NZL)

9:28:25 9:31:34 9:31:54

RUN: Run records are made to be broken on this very fast, flat 26.2mile run route along the beachfront. Completing the run over three loops, athletes can take in the sea breeze

WEATHER: Warm to hot conditions can be expected on race day with temperatures between 68 and 82 F (20 and 28 C). Early morning rain and occasional heavy winds on the bike course are not uncommon. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Port Elizabeth boasts a number of historical sites—47 of them can be found by following the Donkin Heritage Trail. Those looking for a South African adventure should visit Shamwari, voted the world’s best game reserve, or Addo Elephant Park. For restaurant options, head to the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Raynard Tissink (RSA) 2 Andreas Böcherer (GER) 3 James Cunnama (RSA)

8:05:38 8:08:38 8:13:20

WOMEN 1 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 2 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 3 Diana Riesler (GER)

8:33:58 9:08:25 9:20:39

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, FINISHERPIX.COM

RUN: The 26.2-mile, two-loop course leads athletes through town three times. The course is described as rolling, and athletes can take in the flat lakefront scenery with the turnaround just after a gradual descent into Five Mile Bay.

WEATHER: March is the end of summer in New Zealand. The mornings are often cool, so arm warmers on the first lap of the bike are a good idea. As the sun rises over the forest, temperatures can reach the mid-70s F (mid-20s C), making for pleasant running conditions.

BIKE: With its combination of coastal routes and fynbos (South African shrubbery), along with a short city visit, athletes can expect a challenge on this 112-mile hilly course with continuous gentle climbs and rolling hills through the city down to the flat coastal stretch back to transition.

and spectator support during the last leg of the race before crossing the finish line.

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IRONMAN Asia-Pacific Championship Melbourne

INAUGURAL RACE

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MELBOURNE, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA DATE MARCH 25, 2012 ENTRY FEE $750 AUD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 75 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Melbourne@ironman.com

Ironmanmelbourne.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, one-loop swim will take place at Frankston Foreshore along with Transition (T1). BIKE: The 112-mile bike course is a two-loop course, taking place along the EastLink Tollway. The road surface is extremely smooth and is anticipated to be one of the fastest Ironman bike courses on the circuit.

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WEATHER: Average temperatures in Melbourne during this time of year range from 57 F to 75 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Lauded for its sense of style and elegance, Melbourne boasts glamorous festivals and events, Australia’s best shopping, a lively passion for eating and drinking, and a flourishing interest in the arts. For more information, log on to Visitvictoria.com or Visitmelbourne.com.

TOURISM VICTORIA

RUN: Starting from T2 at Frankston Foreshore, the 26.2-mile run course will travel through Melbourne’s bay side and southeastern suburbs. Athletes will then head toward the

incredible finish line located at the iconic St. Kilda sea baths.

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IRONMAN St. George AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ST. GEORGE, UTAH DATE MAY 5, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,200 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Stgeorge@ironman.com

Ironmanstgeorge.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, one-loop swim is at the Sand Hollow Reservoir, with athletes entering the water via boat ramp. The water temperature is between 60 and 64 F.

RUN: After entering T2 in the historic town square, athletes begin the twoloop, 26.2-mile marathon that heads out for a climb towards Red Cliffs Desert Reserve. The challenging course winds through Pioneer Park and along Diagonal Street, with a turnaround point located at Main and Tabernacle streets. 22

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Mathias Hecht (SUI) 2 Maik Twelsiek (GER) 3 T.J. Tollakson(USA)

8:32:03 8:33:46 8:40:20

WOMEN 1 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 2 Jackie Arendt (USA) 3 Uli Bromme (USA)

9:30:33 10:06:36 10:10:48

ERIC LARS BAKKE/ENDURAPIX.COM

BIKE: The 112-mile bike course leads athletes through the towns of Hurricane and Washington before making its way toward the city of St. George. At the end of a picturesque, two-loop section, the bike course offers views of Snow Canyon before heading into T2 in downtown.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

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IRONMAN Lanzarote AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LANZAROTE, CANARY ISLANDS, SPAIN DATE MAY 19, 2012 ENTRY FEE 400-450 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 0034-928-59-99-95, ext. 4451 Ironmanlanzarote.com

Info@ironmanlanzarote.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim is a two-loop, rectangular course in the Atlantic Ocean. The water is approximately 64 to 66 F (18 to 19 C).

URBAN HOTEL GROUP

IRONMAN Australia AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PORT MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA DATE MAY 6, 2012 ENTRY FEE $675 AUD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS

FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Australia@ironman.com

Ironmanaustralia.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place in the beautiful Hastings River, which feeds a network of canals and waterways around Port Macquarie. Spectators line the banks of the river near Westport Park to view the start of the two-loop swim course. Water temperature is between 66 and 72 F (19 and 22 C). BIKE: Considered one of the most stunning Ironman bike courses in the world, cyclists wind along the Pacific Ocean on the beautiful and undulating Pacific Drive. A section of the 112-mile three-loop bike route takes athletes by the city center waterfront where thousands of spectators view the race. RUN: The 26.2-mile, three-loop run takes athletes through the city center and along parts of Pacific Drive, which combines rolling hills

with beautiful scenery to provide excellent viewing for both athletes and spectators. The run route finishes at Westport Park. WEATHER: It is usually dry and sunny during daylight hours, but the nights can be quite cool. Temperature range is approximately 68 to 84 F (20 to 29 C).

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Check out Timanfaya National Park, Jameos del Agua, Cueva de los Verdes and the Castillo de San Jose or the Museo del Vino. For more attraction ideas or for more information about the event area and accommodations, visit Ironmanlanzarote.com.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Timo Bracht (GER) 2 Konstantin Bachor (GER) 3 Esben Hovgaard (DEN)

8:30:34 8:44:06 8:54:38

WOMEN 1 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 2 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 3 Karina Ottosen (DEN)

9:28:12 9:43:40 10:10:15

WOMEN 1 Caroline Steffen (AUS) 2 Amelia Pearson (AUS) 3 Kristen Molloy (AUS)

9:29:54 9:38:23 9:43:55

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RUN: The 26.2-mile run course is flat and typically hot and sunny. It is a four-loop course that keeps athletes

WEATHER: Morning temperatures will hover around 70 F (22 C) with temperatures increasing to 82 to 90 F (28 to 32 C) during the day. There is also a possibility of heavy winds.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Situated at the mouth of the Hastings River and the blue Pacific Ocean, Port Macquarie is a water lover’s paradise. Fifteen beaches line the coast from Port Macquarie south to the Camden Haven. Enjoy coastal walks, surfing, sail boarding, swimming, fishing, whale watching and even camel rides. Many beaches feature barbecue facilities and playgrounds. For more information, visit Portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Pete Jacobs (AUS) 2 Patrick Vernay (AUS) 3 Jason Shortis (AUS)

BIKE: The 112-mile, one-loop bike course is a hilly and fairly windy ride that takes participants around the beautiful island. Athletes will see the Fire Mountains and scenic coast to the northern part of the island with the spectacular view of La Graciosa, a small neighboring island.

close to the spectators in Puerto del Carmen.

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MEMORIAL HERMANN

IRONMAN Texas AT A GLANCE: LOCATION THE WOODLANDS, TEXAS DATE MAY 19, 2012 ENTRY FEE $625 USD; IRONMAN

FOUNDATION: $1,250 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Texas@ironman.com

Ironmantexas.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place in Lake Woodlands. Athletes will enter the water at Northshore Park and finish at Town Green Park, which will serve as the transition area. BIKE: The 112-mile, one-loop bike course will take athletes west through The Woodlands before heading north to the scenic, rolling farmland of East Texas. RUN: The 26.2-mile run course takes place entirely within The Woodlands and concludes with a spectacular finish on Market Street.

entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: Typically, the weather in May is very warm with average temperatures hovering in the high 70s to low 80s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The Woodlands features a large variety of shopping, dining and entertainment options. Market Street is a great place to find all of these attractions.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation LARRY ROSA/ENDURAPIX.COM

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2 Timothy O’Donnell (USA) 3 Luke Bell (AUS)

8:08:20 8:09:50 8:12:22

WOMEN 1 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2 Kelly Williamson (USA) 3 Sofie Goos (BEL)

8:57:51 9:07:54 9:12:53

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IRONMAN Regensburg AT A GLANCE: LOCATION REGENSBURG, GERMANY DATE JUNE 17, 2012

ENTRY FEE 430-480 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

49-0-6181-42254

Athlete@ironman.de

Ironmanregensburg.de

FEATURES

IRONMAN Brasil AT A GLANCE: LOCATION FLORIANOPOLIS, BRASIL DATE MAY 27, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 55-11-3772-0578

Latinsports@latinsports.com.br

Ironmanbrasil.com.br

SWIM: The 2.4-mile, one-loop circular swim course takes place in Lake Guggenberger See, just eight miles outside of Regensburg. The average water temperature is 72 to 75 F (22 to 24 C).

Steinerne Bruecke, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BIKE: This 112-mile, two-loop course runs through parts of the Bavarian Forest National Park and features several hills while traveling by quaint villages.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Regensburg is considered one of Europe’s most well-preserved medieval cities, and home to the University of Regensburg. Try some traditional Bavarian cuisine at the Roter-Hahn Hotel’s namesake restaurant or visit the Bavarian Forest National Park, just 30 miles outside of the city.

RUN: The 26.2-mile run course is located on parts of Danube Island and the historical city of Regensburg. The finish line is near the

FEATURES

WEATHER: The daytime average low is near 68 F (20 C) and the average high is 86 F (30 C).

2011 RESULTS

SWIM: The 2.4-mile, mass-swim start is located at El Divino Beach. The swim is two loops with the first leg longer than the second. Expect water temperature to be about 70 F (21 C). BIKE: The 112-mile bike course has two fairly flat loops with the exception of four major climbs and descents in each loop. The special needs area will be at the end of the first loop. There will be eight bike mechanics on motorcycles and eight aid stations on the bike course per loop. RUN: The 26.2-mile run course consists of a 13-mile loop with one

hill and two 6.5-mile loops that are mostly flat. The special needs area will be positioned at the beginning of the second loop.

MEN 1 Markus Fachbach (GER) 2 Stefan Riesen (SUI) 3 Frank Vytrisal (GER)

8:29:16 8:36:54 8:37:12

WOMEN 1 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2 Annett Kamenz (GER) 3 Nicole Leder (GER)

9:18:55 9:28:23 9:30:27

WEATHER: Over the last few years, there were moderate winds toward the north. The temperature is typically around 75 F (24 C), and the humidity averages 55 percent. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The natural beaches of “Floripa,” as Brazilians affectionately call it, are the main attraction. Forty-two beaches of all types make this retreat a sanctuary for sports, natural life and tourists from around the globe.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Eduardo Sturla (ARG) 2 Guilherme Valenza Manocchi (BRA) 3 Ezequiel Morales (ARG)

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WOMEN 1 Amy Marsh (USA) 9:09:39 2 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 9:16:13 3 Ariane Gomes Monticeli da Silveira (BRA) 9:19:15

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IRONMAN France AT A GLANCE: LOCATION NICE, FRANCE DATE JUNE 24, 2012 ENTRY FEE 450-

475 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 33-0-4-97-03-26-86

Officefrance@triangle.cc

Ironmanfrance.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes will see a beach start before taking the plunge into the picturesque waters of the Mediterranean Sea. The 2.4-mile, two-loop swim includes a short beach run at the halfway point.

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Frederick van Lierde (BEL) 8:28:30 2 Francois Chabaud (FRA) 8:37:18 3 Marcel Zamora Perez (ESP) 8:40:55

WOMEN 1 Silvia Felt (GER) 2 Martina Dogana (ITA) 3 Kim Loeffler (USA)

9:34:31 9:45:56 9:53:08

ALAIN BIGUET, BENE ALTSHUL

BIKE: The 112-mile bike course is the jewel of Ironman France and follows much of the original Nice Triathlon route and passes through villages in the surrounding mountains. With 5,000 feet of climbing, the bike course is as challenging as it is beautiful.

tough climbs on the bike, athletes will be treated to a flat and fast run course with plenty of spectator support.

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IRONMAN Austria AT A GLANCE: LOCATION KLAGENFURT AM WÖRTHERSEE, AUSTRIA DATE JULY 1, 2012 ENTRY FEE 485 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 43-0-463-509651

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FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, one-loop swim will be held in the pristine waters of Lake Wörthersee. Water temperature is about 75 F (23 C) at this time of the year.

IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene AT A GLANCE: LOCATION COEUR D'ALENE, IDAHO DATE JUNE 24, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,200 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Cda@ironman.com

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FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, two-loop swim is in beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene. Athletes exit the water and have a short beach run in between each lap. Water temperatures tend to be in the high 60s to low 70s F.

RUN: The spectator support on the 26.2-mile run course is the highlight of the race. Athletes will run parallel to the shore of Lake Coeur d’Alene for two loops, with one steep climb at the southern turnaround point. IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman

WEATHER: Temperatures in northern Idaho tend to fluctuate this time of year and race-day weather is known to be unpredictable. In June, the average temperatures are in the mid-70s F to mid-80s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Coeur d’Alene is always a hub of activity with art shows, unique eateries, athletic events and outdoor fun. Visit Coeurdalene.org for more information.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 2 Maik Twelsiek (GER) 3 Tom Evans (CAN)

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WOMEN 1 Julie Dibens (GBR) 2 Caitlin Snow (USA) 3 Haley Cooper-Scott (USA)

9:16:40 9:29:18 9:56:21

RUN: The 26.2-mile, two-loop run course takes athletes from the race site to Krumpendorf, from there to the middle of the city and back to Krumpendorf. The course is com-

WEATHER: The weather is very moderate with temperatures between 64 and 86 F (18 to 30 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: A trip to Klagenfurt is not complete without a visit to the Lindwurm Monument. The dragon statue was erected in 1590 and is the primary landmark of the town. Go to the top of Pyramidenkogel Mountain for an incredible view of Lake Wörthersee. Carbo-load before the race at Pizzeria Othello in the inner city or head to Sunset Bar, located near the site, for post-race celebrations. More information may be found at Klagenfurt.at.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL) 7:45:58 2 Michael Weiss (AUT) 7:57:39 3 Marko Albert (EST) 8:08:17

WOMEN 1 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2 Erika Csomor (HUN) 3 Diana Riesler (GER)

8:43:34 8:51:10 8:53:34

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BIKE: Cyclists make two loops through rural northern Idaho. The middle section of each loop passes through the city of Hayden and includes plenty of rolling hills.

Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

BIKE: The 112-mile, two-loop bike course leads athletes through the scenic landscape of Carinthia from Klagenfurt to Villach near Lake Faaker See. The bike course, which has a Tour de France-like atmosphere, contains two steep climbs during each loop, the “Rupertiberg” and the “Riebnig”—the most popular spectator spots on the ride.

pletely flat and mostly shaded. Spectators line the streets to cheer the athletes on through the finish line.

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IRONMAN European Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION FRANKFURT, GERMANY DATE JULY 8, 2012 ENTRY FEE 495 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 75 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 49-6181-428560

Athlete@ironman.de

Ironmanfrankfurt.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place in Langener Waldsee, a calm lake south of Frankfurt. It is a two-loop course with a short run between the two loops. The average water temperature is 72 to 75 F (22 to 24 C). BIKE: The two-loop bike course takes athletes through spectacular downtown Frankfurt and the surrounding countryside, providing athletes with many scenic views. The course, which is closed to vehicular traffic, is fairly hilly with several demanding climbs. Thousands of spectators line the course to cheer on athletes as they take on the 112-mile bike. RUN: The 26.2-mile, four-loop course along the River Main in downtown Frankfurt is flat and allows for fast run 32

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splits. Crowds of spectators line the course and gather at the spectacular finish line party on the historical Roemerberg. WEATHER: Air temperature in the morning is between 60 and 68 F (16 and 20 C). During the day the temperature may hover around 80 F (27 C), but there is a chance of cold and rainy weather. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: There are plenty of historical sites to visit, including The Roemer (City Hall), Paulskirche, Frankfurt Zoological Garden, Goethe Museum, Old Opera House, Palm Garden, numerous museums on the museum riverbank, Alt Sachsenhausen and Main Tower.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Faris Al-Sultan (GER) 2 Jan Raphael (GER) 3 Michael Gรถhner (GER)

8:13:50 8:19:31 8:20:26

WOMEN 1 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 2 Lucie Zelenkova (CZE) 3 Sonja Tajsich (GER)

9:12:13 9:13:46 9:14:14

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IRONMAN Zurich Switzerland POWERED BY EWZ

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ZURICH, SWITZERLAND DATE JULY 15, 2012

ENTRY FEE 675-755 CHF NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 41-0-43-433-70-90

Switzerland@ironman.com

Ironmanzurich.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes will complete a 2.4mile, two-loop swim in Lake Zurich. Water temperatures normally hover around 70 F (21 C). BIKE: The 112-mile, two-loop bike course, which offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps, is demanding and hilly with flat sections in between. Thousands of spectators support athletes along the way, especially at “Heartbreak Hill,” the steepest part of the course.

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WEATHER: Temperatures in Zurich are usually nice and warm this time of the year, with average highs just below 80 F (27 C) and the average lows in the mid-60s F (18 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Relax on the Lindenhof while enjoying a fantastic view of the river and the historic part of the town. You can also visit the Kunsthaus museum, the Grossmunster church or go for a hike up the Uetliberg. If you’re looking for culinary delights in a stylish restaurant near Lake Zurich, try Acqua at the Mythenquai, a five-minute walk from the event site.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 8:19:52 2 ClementeAlonso-McKernan(ESP) 8:27:57 3 Mathias Hecht (SUI) 8:30:27

WOMEN 1 Karin Thürig (SUI) 2 Amy Marsh (USA) 3 Erika Csomor (HUN)

9:03:27 9:11:37 9:37:00

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RUN: The 26.2-mile, four-loop run course is flat and fast as it winds along the shores of Lake Zurich. Various bands, folkloric groups, speakers and DJs create an unforgettable atmo-

sphere in the center of Zurich.

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IRONMAN Lake Placid AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LAKE PLACID, N.Y. DATE JULY 22, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$625 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,250 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Lakeplacid@ironman.com

Ironmanlakeplacid.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes begin with a 2.4-mile swim in the peaceful, pristine waters of Mirror Lake, located in downtown Lake Placid. Water temperatures are typically near 70 F.

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WEATHER: The Adirondacks’ weather is unpredictable in July. Early morning temperatures can be chilly, but midday highs can easily hit 80 F. The event has seen rain in recent years, so athletes should be prepared to throw a vest and arm warmers in their T1 bags.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Lake Placid played host to a pair of Winter Olympic Games, 1932 and 1980, and the town is now filled with venues and nostalgia from these two events. If you’re looking for an outdoor adventure, try hiking one of the many trails in the area or relaxing by the lake. Enjoy a variety of restaurants, from family-style fare to fine dining, amidst the magnificent backdrop of the Adirondacks.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 T.J. Tollakson (USA) 2 Ben Hoffman (USA) 3 Jason Shortis (AUS)

8:25:15 8:33:29 8:47:18

WOMEN 1 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 2 Tine Deckers (GER) 3 Tyler Stewart (USA)

9:19:03 9:34:41 9:38:09

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BIKE: The demanding 112-mile, twoloop bike course takes cyclists through the surrounding hills of the Adirondacks, each lap culminating with the 11-mile climb up “the notch” from Wilmington back to the transition area located at the famed speed skating oval.

RUN: The 26.2-mile, two-loop course will challenge athletes with a tour through the city center four times. Runners head past the famed Olympic ski jumps, down to the turnaround on scenic River Road and then back up to the turnaround on the shores of Mirror Lake.

deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

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IRONMAN Mont-Tremblant AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MONT-TREMBLANT, QUÉBEC, CANADA DATE AUG. 19, 2012 ENTRY FEE $675 CAD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,350 CAD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 905-562-6670

Monttremblant@ironman.com

Ironmanmonttremblant.com

FEATURES

IRONMAN UK AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BOLTON, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND DATE JULY 22, 2012 ENTRY FEE 375 POUNDS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012

IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 44-1865-596266

Uk@ironman.com

Ironmanuk.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, two-loop swim takes place in Pennington Flash. There are plenty of opportunities for great spectator viewing at the swim start and T1. BIKE: The 112-mile, three-loop bike course leaves Pennington Flash and takes athletes through the breathtaking Lancashire countryside. The course now includes the infamous Sheep House Hill where spectators can get up close and personal with the athletes in true Tour de France style. RUN: The 26.2-mile run course leaves T2 at the historic Rivington and Blackrod High School and sets out on an eight-mile pointto-point run before reaching the out-and-back loop that athletes will complete three times. The impres-

sive finish line is located in the Town Center at the historic Bolton Town Hall, complete with water fountains and lion statues. WEATHER: Temperatures in late July are expected to be between 70 and 80 F (20 and 27 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Bolton has numerous restaurants from local country pubs to Town Center restaurants, which offer every cuisine from around the world. With the Ironman UK finish line located right in Town Center, a traditional fish and chip supper or a pint of English beer is right on your doorstep after 140.6 miles. Check out Visitbolton.co.uk for additional information on the area’s unique attractions.

SWIM: Athletes will start the 2.4-mile swim on the golden sands of the Beach & Tennis Club located next to the charming village of Tremblant Resort. The swim in Tremblant Lake gives athletes a clear view of the sheltering mountains and the estimated water temperature on race day is 71 F (22 C). The swim finishes at Parc Plage, 300 meters from T1 near Quintessence Hotel, the region’s most luxurious property. BIKE: The two-loop, 112-mile bike course runs largely through MontTremblant’s forests and mountains with challenging elevation levels. Athletes will bike through Montée Ryan and Chemin des Voyageurs, pass the Tremblant Resort as they make their way toward transition. RUN: The 26.2-mile, two-loop run course is known for its scenic beauty. Athletes will have the opportunity to run on the famous Le P’tit Train du Nord, a former railway bed that is now the longest

linear park in Canada. The road will take runners past a waterfall, alongside beautiful Tremblant Lake and finally, back to the finish line in Tremblant Resort. IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: Summer temperatures in Mont-Tremblant can range from a high of 81 F to a low of 65 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure on one of the many challenging hiking and horseback riding trails or a relaxing day at the spa, MontTremblant has a unique variety of attractions that everyone can enjoy. Visit Tourismemonttremblant.com for more information.

INAUGURAL RACE

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Aaron Farlow (AUS) 2 Romain Guillaume (FRA) 3 Nick Saunders (GBR)

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WOMEN 1 Kristin Moeller (GER) 2 Diana Riesler (GER) 3 Yvette Grice (GBR)

9:19:04 9:25:41 9:37:32

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INAUGURAL RACE

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION NEW YORK/NEW JERSEY METROPOLITAN REGION DATE AUG. 11, 2012 ENTRY FEE $895 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,500 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 75 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Nyc@ironman.com

Ironmanuschampionship.com

FEATURES SWIM: The event begins with a wave start, and features a 2.4-mile, pointto-point swim in the Hudson River, finishing at Ross Dock. BIKE: The 112-mile bike course spans the scenic cliffs of Palisades Parkway. In an unprecedented, full closure of the southbound lanes, Palisades Parkway will be open for athletes to complete two loops on this historic road. RUN: The 26.2-mile, two-loop run course will begin on the densely shaded River Road, continuing north from the Ross Dock transition to the sheer cliffs of the Palisades above the Hudson River. Runners will then make their way to the George Washington Bridge, 600 feet above New York City, and press on through Riverside Park to the finish line at 81st Street in the heart of the city. 40

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IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: The average temperature in the New York City area in the month of August is a high of 83 F with a low of 66 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: What isn’t there to do in New York City? The Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park and Ellis Island Immigration Museum are all fantastic attractions, with plenty of shops and restaurants to check out along the way.

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IRONMAN Canada AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA DATE AUG.

26, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD; IRONMAN COMMUNITY FOUNDATION: $1,200 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 905-945-6216

Admin@nasports.com

Ironman.ca

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place in Lake Okanagan with a deepwater start. The water is typically calm, however winds can whip up some surface chop. Water temperatures rarely reach above 70 F. BIKE: The 112-mile, single-loop bike course begins with a relatively flat, 40-mile stretch that leads into the two legendary climbs at Richter Pass and Yellow Lake. After athletes make it over the two climbs, they will roll their way back to Penticton. RUN: The 26.2-mile rolling out-andback run course starts with a lap through town then heads south along Skaha Lake to the community of

Okanagan Falls before heading back to the finish. WEATHER: Typically, the weather in August is very warm with little chance of rain. However, the mornings can be cool, so throw some arm warmers in your T1 bag just in case. Winds can vary from nonexistent to extreme in the arid climate. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Check out the beautiful Linden Gardens or head out to one of the area’s many wineries. The Barley Mill Pub and Black Iron Grill and Steakhouse are great spots to relax post-race for some drinks and good food.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Jordan Rapp (USA) 2 Torsten Abel (GER) 3 Bert Jammaer (BEL)

8:28:09 8:41:09 8:42:34

WOMEN 1 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2 Kim Loeffler (USA) 3 Meredith Kessler (USA)

9:03:13 9:34:54 9:37:22

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IRONMAN Louisville AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LOUISVILLE, KY. DATE AUG. 26, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,200 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Louisville@ironman.com

Ironmanlouisville.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim utilizes a time-trial start. The course starts at the boat dock adjacent to Tumbleweed Southwest Grill and finishes at the wharf just west of the Great Lawn. The point-to-point swim begins in the protected waters behind Towhead Island before athletes enter the Ohio River’s main channel and swim downstream toward the finish. Water temperature will hover in the mid-80s F.

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IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: Expect hot and humid weather in Louisville in August. Temperatures can range from 80 to 90 F, making it one of the hottest races on the Ironman circuit. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Visit Churchill Downs, where the famous Kentucky Derby takes place, or stroll down Fourth Street Live! for shopping and dining galore.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Chris McDonald (AUS) 2 Patrick Evoe (USA) 3 Justin Daerr (USA)

8:27:36 8:30:35 8:34:35

WOMEN 1 Nina Kraft (GER) 2 Jackie Arendt (USA) 3 Stephanie Jones (USA)

9:38:14 9:40:28 9:52:40

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BIKE: The 112-mile bike course takes athletes outside of Louisville toward Oldham and Henry counties and includes a two-loop section through the historic town of LaGrange. Athletes will be challenged with plenty of rolling hills.

Downs. Run course stations are located every mile. The run finishes at Fourth Street Live! in downtown Louisville.

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IRONMAN Wales AT A GLANCE: LOCATION TENBY, WALES DATE SEPT. 16, 2012

ENTRY FEE 375 POUNDS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 44-1865-596266

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IRONMAN Wisconsin AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MADISON, WIS. DATE SEPT. 9, 2012 ENTRY FEE $625 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,250 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Wisconsin@ironman.com

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BIKE: The 112-mile, two-loop bike course takes cyclists 16 miles out of town before beginning two, 40-mile loops in rural Dane County. These loops are extremely hilly, with many tough climbs and turns on each loop. Athletes get a lift as they pass through the renowned crowds at the festival in Verona.

WEATHER: Madison’s weather can be unpredictable. Temperatures on race day in mid-September have been as low as 54 F and as high as the mid-90s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: State Street is overflowing with galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafés. You can also check out the Dane County Farmers Market, held every Saturday at the state capitol. Madison is well known for its commitment to working with sustainable agriculture and locally grown, organic produce. Visit L’Etoile Restaurant or Harvest Restaurant to see what the farm-totable movement is all about.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ezequiel Morales (ARG) 2 Stefan Schmid (GER) 3 Mac Brown (USA)

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WOMEN 1 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 2 Meredith Kessler (USA) 3 Whitney Garcia (USA)

SWIM: The 2.4-mile swim takes place at North Beach in the seaside village of Tenby. Athletes will swim in the pristine waters of Carmarthen Bay. BIKE: The 112-mile bike course takes athletes through the scenic countryside of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park by numerous castles and iconic landmarks.

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WEATHER: The daytime average low is near 50 F (10 C) and the average high is 68 F (20 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Tenby is rich in history and culture with breathtaking coastal scenery, award-winning beaches and a beautiful seascape. Be sure to check out Caldey Island, which is home to a group of Cistercian monks who welcome visitors throughout the season. Whatever you decide to do, you will enjoy a warm Welsh welcome from the local community.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Jérémy Jurkiewicz (FRA) 2 Aaron Farlow (AUS) 3 Bruno Clerbout (BEL)

9:04:21 9:04:26 9:08:00

WOMEN 1 Kristen Möeller (GER) 2 Anja Ippach (GER) 3 Imke Schiersch (GER)

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RUN: Spectator support along the 26.2-mile run course is unparalleled. Athletes will complete two loops through downtown Madison, the University of Wisconsin campus, Camp Randall Stadium, State Street and the scenic path alongside Lake Mendota. The run course is quite challenging with multiple hills on each loop.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

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FEATURES

RUN: The medieval town walls and picturesque beachfront provide an impressive backdrop for the 26.2mile run through Tenby.

FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, two-loop swim takes place in Lake Monona in downtown Madison. Spectators will have a panoramic view of the swim from the Monona Terrace, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Water temperature is typically around 70 F.

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IRONMAN World Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION KAILUA-KONA, HAWAI`I DATE OCT. 13, 2012 ENTRY FEE $750 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 2012 AGE GROUP CHAMPIONS WILL BE INVITED BACK TO COMPETE IN THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Kona@ironman.com

Ironmanworldchampionship.com

FEATURES SWIM: Without a doubt, the 2.4mile mass swim start is the most emotionally charged start in the sport, thanks to TV helicopters, enthusiastic spectators and the sun rising over Mt. Hualalai. Currents can be a factor, so a few pre-race practice swims in the bay are advised. Water temperature in Kailua Bay is typically around 79 F. BIKE: As cyclists make their way north along the Queen Ka'ahumanu 46

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RUN: After exiting T2, runners will wind through town before taking on Ali’i Drive, where spectators will pack the roads. Athletes will then retrace their steps, climb up Palani Road to the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway to make their way to the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority (NELHA). Unless cloud cover or nightfall spares you, anticipate high heat and humidity on the run course. WEATHER: If there is one thing that instantly identifies the Ironman World Championship, it is the high temperatures and humidity. Temperatures hover between 80 and 90 F, while the humidity frequently matches those numbers. Sunscreen, hats and proper hydration are strongly recommended on this brutal course.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: It is hard to get bored on the Big Island of Hawai`i. The area is full of diverse adventures such as swimming, scuba diving, snorkeling, horseback riding, historical tours, volcano watching, golf or just plain relaxing. You will find many restaurants to choose from during a stroll around Kailua-Kona and Ali’i Drive. Kona is filled with a variety of dining experiences ranging from local, family-style joints to award-winning restaurants and some of the freshest seafood and sushi one can imagine. Try Lava Java, Huggo’s, The Kona Brewing Company, Jackie Reye’s Ohana Grill and Kona Inn.

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2011 Results men 1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 2 Pete Jacobs (AUS) 3 Andreas Raelert (GER)

8:03:56 8:09:11 8:11:07

women 1 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 8:55:08 2 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 8:57:57 3 Leanda Cave (GBR) 9:03:29

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IRONMAN Arizona AT A GLANCE: LOCATION TEMPE, ARIZ. DATE NOV. 18, 2012

ENTRY FEE $650 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,300 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

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IRONMAN Florida AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLA. DATE NOV. 3, 2012

ENTRY FEE $625 USD; IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $1,250 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

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FEATURES SWIM: The 2.4-mile, two-loop swim takes place in the Gulf of Mexico. Athletes will have a short beach run in between loops. The chop can be strong, and tinted goggles are recommended to block out the rising sun. Water temperatures should hover near 70 F.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

BIKE: The 112-mile, one-loop course is flat and fast. The highest point on the course is only 161 feet above sea level, and the wind tends to be light. Expect a fast bike split, and be prepared to stay in your aerobars.

WEATHER: November in northern Florida means perfect Ironman weather. The high is usually near 70 F, although it can dip into the upper 40s F early in the morning and at night. Humidity should not be a factor.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 2 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 3 Justin Daerr (USA)

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WOMEN 1 Jessica Jacobs (USA) 2 Mackenzie Madison (USA) 3 Sofie Goos (BEL)

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FEATURES SWIM: The race kicks off with a 2.4mile, one-loop swim in Tempe Town Lake. Water temperatures should be in the low to mid-60s F. BIKE: The relatively flat 112-mile, three-loop course heads out of Tempe and zig-zags out to the Beeline Highway, which gradually climbs approximately 10 miles through the Sonoran Desert to the turnaround just before Shea Boulevard. Athletes then return to Tempe Beach Park to start their second and third laps. RUN: The 26.2-mile run course is flat and spectator-friendly with a few small rollers, as athletes wind their way around Tempe Town Lake and through Papago Park. Athletes should pack a visor or hat in their T2 bag, as the course offers very little shade.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: Tempe has classic desert weather. You can expect cool early morning temperatures with afternoon temperatures that can reach the mid-80s F. Humidity should not be a factor. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: A walk down trendy Mill Avenue will satisfy anyone’s shopping desires. For southwestern cuisine and authentic adobe hacienda, try Monti’s La Casa Vieja. Visit Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at Tempecvb.com for more information.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Eneko Llanos (ESP) 2 Paul Amey (GBR) 3 Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR)

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RUN: This is one of the flattest runs on the Ironman circuit. Spectators fill the roads on the 26.2-mile, two-loop course, which parallels the shoreline through local neighborhoods to the turnaround in St. Andrews State Park. The sun sets early this time of year, so you may want to toss a long-sleeve shirt into your special needs bag.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: St. Andrews State Park, located at the east end of the city, is one of the most popular outdoor recreation spots in Florida. You’ll find forests, sand dunes, fresh and saltwater marshes, fishing jetties and hiking trails. If you’re interested in trying some local cuisine, seafood is a way of life in Panama City Beach. Visit 800pcbeach.com for a complete restaurant listing.

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FEATURES SWIM: The race begins with a 2.4mile, one-loop swim around the Busselton Jetty followed by a short run to transition. Water temperatures range from 66 to 72 F (19 to 22 C).

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IRONMAN Cozumel AT A GLANCE: LOCATION COZUMEL, QUINTANA ROO, MEXICO DATE NOV. 25, 2012 ENTRY FEE $600 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP Lgc@cozumelironman.com

SWIM: The 2.4-mile, one-loop swim course starts at the Chankanaab Park, which is inside the Cozumel Reef National Park. The swim is a mass start in the beautiful Caribbean Ocean. Water temperatures are likely to hover around 84 F. BIKE: Cyclists make two loops on the southern part of the island over flat and paved roads.

shore of the Caribbean Ocean during most of this flat, two-loop run. WEATHER: During November, the average high is 84 F and the average low is 72 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Cozumel has something for everyone including diving, snorkeling, swimming and windsurfing. With more than 90 different restaurants, visitors can sample authentic Mayan and Mexican dishes. Visit Islacozumel.com.mx for more information.

WOMEN 1 Simone Benz (SUI) 2 Sonja Tajsich (GER) 3 Sophie De Groote (BEL)

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Natural attractions such as beaches, caves, national parks and some of Australia's best surfing and sailing areas make Southwest Australia a unique and beautiful place to visit. Located near the Ironman Village, The Goose and Equinox restaurants are ideally centered for meals and drinks during race week or for amazing views of the swim start. For more information, visit Westernaustralia.com.

2011 RESULTS

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Michael Lovato (USA) 8:23:52 2 Patrick Evoe (USA) 8:30:36 3 Alejandro Santamaria (ESP) 8:32:50

WEATHER: December is the official start of summer in Australia, so expect warm conditions around 79 F (26 C).

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MEN 1 Timo Bracht (GER) 2 Clayton Fettell (AUS) 3 Jason Shortis (AUS)

8:12:39 8:19:02 8:27:31

WOMEN 1 Michelle Bremer (NZL) 2 Michelle Mitchell (AUS) 3 Carrie Lester (AUS)

9:25:38 9:28:07 9:32:44

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MY ROAD TO KONA may seem short. I was lucky enough to get on the podium on my very first try, and to win in my second year racing on the Big Island. But I actually started down that road long before, watching the Ironman on TV and feeling awestruck by the talent and struggles I witnessed. Initially I didn’t have any interest in racing triathlons—I was a basketball player all through school. But I wanted to test myself the same way those athletes did. They put in extreme effort like I’d never seen, and I loved it! When I finally did trade my high-tops for swim goggles, a bike and run trainers, and even though I spent several years on the ITU short-course circuit, I knew the Ironman would be my ultimate goal. Every step you take in life is a step toward greater strength. Sure, there are mistakes and setbacks—we all have them! Yet the more you move forward, the more experience you gain; the more you finetune your talent and focus your passion. I’m passionate about racing—and winning—in Kona. But the road to get there twists and turns differently all the time. I was a bit lucky in 2009 and 2010. Don’t get me wrong—I raced hard, but in a way, success came somewhat easily. I didn’t have to call on every last ounce of physical and mental strength. In 2011, it was a different story. I started the run and I felt shocked! My legs were like foreign objects, and I struggled uncharacteristically with emotions and self-doubt. I was hurting and thought I might be in for a pretty long run. Halfway through the marathon I did find my legs, but I had to push myself like I’d never pushed before. It took absolutely everything I had—and then some—to run my way into second place. Even though I didn’t win the race, I’m incredibly proud of what I experienced. I fought a fierce battle—partly against my competition and partly against my own limitations. I learned to dig beyond the strength I knew I had to a place where I found that little bit more. Champions rise and fall all over the Kona course, but I learned that it’s possible to come back up from feeling near defeat. I learned to never ever give up. I hope to be back for many years to come, and I hope to earn as many crowns as possible. But even more importantly, I hope to gain even more strength each go-around. Whether your goal is to win your age group or to come in just before the clock strikes midnight, every step you take on your own road to Kona will be a step closer to success. Don’t be discouraged if you don’t reach your goal immediately—with passion and determination you will get there soon enough. And then, who knows? A new goal might be waiting just around the corner!

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IRONMAN 70.3 QUALIFIERS 4

Agrosuper Ironman 70.3 Pucon, Jan. 15, 2012

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Spec-Savers Ironman 70.3 South Africa, Jan. 22, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Panama, Feb. 12, 2012

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Ironman 70.3 Sri Lanka, Feb. 19, 2012 Jeep Ironman 70.3 San Juan, March 18, 2012

10 Aviva Ironman 70.3 Singapore, March 18, 2012 Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas, April 1, 2012 12 Ironman 70.3 California, March 31, 2012 13 Ochsner Ironman 70.3 New Orleans, April 22, 2012 SunSmart Ironman 70.3 Busselton, May 5, 2012 14 Ironman 70.3 St. Croix, May 6, 2012* Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca, May 12, 2012 16 Ironman 70.3 Florida, May 20, 2012 17 Ironman 70.3 Austria, May 20, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Hawai`i, June 2, 2012* 18 Ironman 70.3 Switzerland, June 3, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Mooseman, June 3, 2012

30 Ironman 70.3 Vineman, July 15, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Antwerp, July 22, 2012* 31 Viterra Ironman 70.3 Calgary, July 29, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Boulder, Aug. 5, 2012 32 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines, Aug. 5, 2012 Sparkassen Finanzgruppe Ironman 70.3 European Championship, Aug. 12, 2012 34 Capricorn Resort Ironman 70.3 Yeppoon, Aug. 19, 2012 Whirlpool Ironman 70.3 Steelhead, Aug. 19, 2012 35 Ironman 70.3 Timberman, Aug. 19, 2012 36 Ironman 70.3 Brasil, Aug. 25, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Salzburg, Aug. 26, 2012 37 Ironman 70.3 Ireland, Sept. 2, 2012 Subaru Ironman 70.3 Muskoka, Sept. 9, 2012 38 Ironman World Championship 70.3, Sept. 9, 2012 40 LIXIL Ironman 70.3 Centrair Tokoname Japan, Sept. 16, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, Sept. 23, 2012 42 Ironman 70.3 Branson, Sept. 23, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Pays d'Aix, Sept. 23, 2012 44 Ironman 70.3 Pocono Mountains, Sept. 30, 2012 ESi Ironman 70.3 Augusta, Sept. 30, 2012

21 Ironman 70.3 Italy, June 10, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, June 10, 2012*

45 Ironman 70.3 Austin, Oct. 28, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Miami, Oct. 28, 2012

22 Ironman 70.3 Kansas, June 10, 2012

46 Ironman 70.3 Taiwan, Nov. 4, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Port Macquarie

24 Ironman 70.3 Syracuse, June 24, 2012 25 Ironman 70.3 Mont-Tremblant, June 24, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens, July 15, 2012

27 Amica Ironman 70.3 Rhode Island, July 8, 2012

47 Campbell's Ironman 70.3 Shepparton, Nov. 11, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship, Dec. 2, 2012 48 Ironman 70.3 Canberra, Dec. 9, 2012 COVER PHOTO: LARRY ROSA/ENDURAPIX.COM *Dual qualifier for the 2012 Ironman World Championship. Note: Race list at time of press. All event information is subject to change. Please check Ironman.com for updates and current information.

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20 Ironman 70.3 Boise, June 9, 2012

23 Ironman 70.3 UK, June 17, 2012 Ironman 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake, June 24, 2012*

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AGROSUPER

IRONMAN 70.3 Pucon AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PUCON, CHILE DATE JAN. 15, 2012 ENTRY FEE $350400 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 562-412-4473

Cduc@cduc.cl

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, two-loop Mshaped swim takes place in the calm waters of Lake Villarrica and features the backdrop of a mammoth volcano.

RUN: Athletes will enjoy views of the local golf course, the volcano and the lake. A portion of the 13.1-mile course goes through town, which allows for a lot of spectator support. 4

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Daniel Fontana (ARG) 2 Reinaldo Colucci (BRA) 3 Oscar Galindez (ARG)

3:52:59 3:56:24 3:57:17

WOMEN 1 Linsey Corbin (USA) 2 Kim Loeffler (USA) 3 Heather Gollnick (USA)

4:15:42 4:21:17 4:33:38

CLUB DEPORTIVO UNIVERSIDAD CATÓLICA

BIKE: The hilly, 56-mile, two-loop bike course is held on closed roads around the lake with beautiful views of the volcano. Athletes may face some wind along the scenic course on their way back to town.

WEATHER: The weather in Pucon is generally sunny and mild with highs in the 80s F (around 30 C) and lows in the 60s F (around 15 C). There is also a possibility for rain.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Panama

IRONMAN 70.3 Latin American Pro Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PANAMA CITY, PANAMA DATE FEB. 12, 2012 ENTRY FEE $275-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 35 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Info@bnsportsllc.com

SPEC-SAVERS

IRONMAN 70.3 South Africa

FEATURES

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION EAST LONDON (BUFFALO CITY), SOUTH AFRICA DATE

JAN. 22, 2012 ENTRY FEE 1,500-1,900 ZAR NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 27-41-581-7990

Sharon.talbot@ironman.com

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FEATURES SWIM: Athletes start with a 1.2-mile ocean swim that begins on the southern end of the Esplanade at East London’s Orient Beach. Protected by the breakwaters of East London’s harbor, the surf is generally calm and water temperature averages between 62 and 76 F (17 and 25 C). BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is this race’s most challenging leg. Athletes ride a single lap of continuous rolling hills and a few flat sections on the R72 Motorway and N2 Highway toward the turning point at Berlin. Road closures allow athletes to safely navigate while getting a full view of the unspoiled natural beauty. RUN: Athletes can expect a flat, 13.1-mile run course consisting of two loops. Running along the beachfront, athletes get stunning ocean views for most of the run course and will pass by the finish line area numerous times before finishing in true African style with dancers, DJs, music and crowds of cheering spectators.

WEATHER: The race is set in the heart of the South African summertime, promising mild to hot weather on race day. Temperatures in East London during mid-January average between 68 and 82 F (20 and 28 C) with high humidity levels. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Buffalo City and the East London area are the gateway to the popular Eastern Cape tourist routes, the Sunshine Coast and Wild Coast. Besides kilometers of beautiful beaches, the area has a rich cultural history for travelers to enjoy. Visitors can see the rock art of the Amatole and Maluti Mountains, the 200,000-year-old fossilized footprints of man found in Nahoon’s Bat Cave or the world’s only Dodo egg at the East London Museum. East London offers exciting diving options to view the estimated 150 sunken ships that have been stranded in the region since 1847. Numerous game reserves are situated close by for those interested in exploring South Africa’s wildlife.

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4:39:19 4:42:25 4:45:45

SWIM: Athletes will swim 1.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean, specifically within the banks of the “Eighth Wonder of the Modern World,” the Panama Canal, and will travel under the Bridge of the Americas. Athletes and spectators will enjoy the amazing views at this stage of the race. Water temperatures are expected to be around 78 F (26 C). BIKE: Athletes will travel 56 miles and cross the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Pan American Highway. On the way back to the transition area, athletes will pass by Panama City’s downtown area along the “Cinta Costera” (Coastal Strip), which is surrounded by state-ofthe-art buildings that emerge on the shores of the Bay of Panama.

RUN: The run course will take athletes on a 13.1-mile run through the “Amador Causeway,” a major tourist area surrounded by the Pacific Ocean. From here, athletes and spectators can watch the ship transit in and out of the Panama Canal while enjoying a beautiful view of Panama City. WEATHER: The average temperature in Panama City in February is 85 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: There is something for everyone to enjoy in Panama City. Spend a day fishing in the Panama Canal or take a tour of the Old City and explore Panama’s ruins, cathedrals and gardens.

INAUGURAL RACE

PANAMA: COURTESY OF ATP

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Frederik Van Lierde (BEL) 4:06:30 2 James Cunnama (RSA) 4:08:41 3 Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:15:16

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IRONMAN 70.3 San Juan AT A GLANCE: LOCATION SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO DATE MARCH 18, 2012

ENTRY FEE $275-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim will be held in the protected waters of the Condado Lagoon. Spectators and athletes will have a great view of the swim course from the San Juan Beach, the Dos Hermanos Bridge and the Caribe Hilton’s San Geronimo grounds. Water temperatures are expected to be around 78 F (26 C). BIKE: The majority of the 56-mile bike course will cover the northern part of the island from San Juan heading west toward the municipality of Dorado. During this course, athletes will enjoy beachfront views and some short but challenging hills. INAUGURAL RACE

IRONMAN 70.3 Sri Lanka AT A GLANCE: LOCATION COLOMBO, SRI LANKA DATE FEB. 19, 2012 ENTRY

FEE $250 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Srilanka@ironman.com

RUN: The two-loop run course will take athletes on a 13.1-mile run through the city of Old San Juan.

Runners will make their way through the northern part of the islet with breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean, running past 16th-century Spanish architecture on their way to reach the turnaround point at the entrance of the famous Fort San Felipe del Morro. WEATHER: In March, the average temperature is 78 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: As the oldest city under the U.S. flag, San Juan has a rich history and offers tourists a glimpse into the Old World. Take a tour of Old San Juan, a 465-year-old neighborhood, or visit El Morro Fortress, a designated National Historic Site.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Timothy O'Donnell (USA) 3:49:29 2 Paul Amey (GBR) 3:52:37 3 Luke McKenzie (AUS) 3:56:57

WOMEN 1 Kelly Williamson (USA) 2 Kate Major (AUS) 3 Caitlin Snow (USA)

4:15:38 4:19:09 4:20:33

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in the Indian Ocean, opposite the Gale Face Centre. The average year-round water temperature is 80 F.

RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course takes athletes through the city and along the coasts of the 8

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WEATHER: The month of February is included in Sri Lanka’s dry season, so rain isn’t expected on race day. The average temperature in Colombo at this time of year is 81 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Colombo is the capital city of Sri Lanka, as well as the country’s main port. The city is a perfect mixture of old world and modern day, as many of Colombo’s historical landmarks are scattered throughout this bustling metropolitan area.

SAN JUAN: FINISHERPIX.COM

BIKE: The 56-mile, three-loop bike course takes athletes through Colombo, across Diyawanna Lake to Parliament, past the International Buddhist Centre and back to transition at Gale Face Green.

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IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Professional Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION GALVESTON, TEXAS DATE APRIL 1, 2012 ENTRY

FEE $250-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop saltwater swim takes place in Offats Bayou. It begins at Moody Gardens’ Palm Beach and finishes next to the majestic Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Average water temperature is 72 F.

AVIVA

IRONMAN 70.3 Singapore AT A GLANCE: LOCATION EAST COAST PARK, SINGAPORE DATE MARCH 18, 2012 ENTRY FEE $375-395 SGD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 35 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 65-6372-6388

Info@ironman703singapore.com

BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is centered in Singapore’s east coast parklands. It takes athletes on to a variety of city and island freeways in addition to main roads. The course is mostly flat and fast. RUN: The 13.1-mile run course is set alongside the ocean in the shaded parklands of the east coast

of Singapore and features great spectator support. WEATHER: Singapore has warm to hot tropical conditions that are similar to Hawai`i. The temperature varies between 72 F at night and 90 F during the day with relatively high humidity.

3:45:37 3:46:47 3:48:16

WOMEN 1 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2 Angela Naeth (CAN) 3 Karin Thürig (SUI)

4:06:43 4:09:40 4:10:30

WOMEN 1 Mary Beth Ellis (USA) 2 Amy Marsh (USA) 3 Michelle Wu (AUS)

4:21:06 4:22:32 4:25:31

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3:50:56 3:51:45 3:54:25

MEN 1 Chris Lieto (USA) 2 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 3 Timothy O'Donnell (USA)

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: You can try a Singapore Sling on the veranda of the world-famous Raffles Hotel, drive go-karts on the unique nighttime F1 track, relax and ride the Singapore Flier or visit the famous Merlion statue. Check out Visitsingapore.com for more great ideas.

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SWIM: The unique 1.2-mile, twoloop, two-lane swim takes place in warm coastal waters with an average water temperature of 81 F (27 C). Athletes exit the water for a very short run between laps.

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FEATURES

MEN 1 Kris Gemmell (NZL) 2 James Cunnama (RSA) 3 Peter Jacobs (AUS)

BIKE: The flat, 56-mile, one-anda-half-loop course travels along the Gulf Coast of Texas and will feature some windy areas. Athletes head out of Moody Gardens and cycle along the seawall, heading south to the end of Galveston Island. Next, participants cross over the San Luis Pass on to the mainland through undeveloped coastline.

RUN: This 13.1-mile, four-loop course takes athletes through Moody Gardens and along Offats Bayou and Palm Beach. The course is flat, fast and includes aid stations at every mile.

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IRONMAN 70.3 California AT A GLANCE: LOCATION OCEANSIDE, CALIF. DATE MARCH 31, 2012 ENTRY FEE $300-350 USD, IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $650 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

California70.3@ironman.com

Ironmancalifornia.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop saltwater swim starts and finishes at the boat ramp in scenic Oceanside Harbor. Athletes are sent in waves according to age group.

RUN: The flat, 13.1-mile, two-loop course takes athletes along the Strand underneath the Oceanside Pier and through coastal neighborhoods. Athletes run on a sandy beach section for roughly a quarter mile of each loop, depending on tides.

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Andy Potts (USA) 2 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 3 Michael Weiss (AUT)

3:55:49 3:56:07 3:56:29

WOMEN 1 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 2 Heather Jackson (USA) 3 Magali Tisseyre (CAN)

4:26:18 4:26:28 4:27:22

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BIKE: The 56-mile bike course parallels the coast for the first half of the ride before turning east and heading into the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. The inland portion travels through hilly and unspoiled Southern California backcountry.

IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org.

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IRONMAN 70.3 New Orleans AT A GLANCE: LOCATION NEW ORLEANS, LA. DATE APRIL 22, 2012 ENTRY

FEE $250-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Neworleans70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanneworleans.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile out-and-back swim takes place in Lake Pontchartrain. The water temperature is expected to be in the low 70s F.

park in the U.S., and through the world-famous French Quarter. Participants finish in front of Jackson Square.

BIKE: The 56-mile bike is an outand-back course that promises a fast, flat race. The course starts at the transition area located at the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Park and crosses over a bridge twice, offering beautiful views.

WEATHER: The average temperatures in early April are in the 70s and 80s F.

RUN: The 13.1-mile run is a pointto-point course that takes athletes through City Park, the sixth-largest

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: There are many things to do in New Orleans including hanging out in the popular French Quarter or checking out the Audubon Zoo, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas or National WWII Museum. Additionally, visitors can try their luck at Harrah's Casino.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Busselton AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BUSSELTON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA DATE MAY 5,

2012 ENTRY FEE $320-345 AUD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 61-08-9387-2907

Busselton70.3@ironman.com

Busseltonhalf.com

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Sebastian Kienle (GER) 2 Paul Amey (GBR) 3 Paul Matthews (AUS)

3:18:08 3:23:08 3:25:23

WOMEN 1 Julie Dibens (GBR) 3:40:15 2 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 3:41:31 3 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 3:44:30

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim course will be held in the pristine waters alongside the historic Busselton Jetty. The swim starts in waist-deep water on the east side of Busselton Jetty. BIKE: The 56-mile, two-loop bike course is flat and fast and takes athletes through the Tuart Forests, one of the rarest ecosystems in the world. RUN: The 13.1-mile, three-loop run course takes athletes along the gorgeous Busselton Foreshore in Geographe Bay. Athletes enjoy fantastic volunteer support as they make their way through the course.

WEATHER: In May, the weather is typically mild with an average high of 69 F (21 C) and an average low of 51 F (11 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Busselton offers an endless number of activities, from shopping to surfing to whale watching. The Busselton Town Center is home to a variety of restaurants, wine bars and local pubs that all offer a unique dining experience. You can enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner overlooking the picturesque Geographe Bay from many of the restaurants in the Town Center.

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Tim Berkel (AUS) 2 Matty White (AUS) 3 Tim Reed (AUS)

3:51:27 3:52:50 3:53:59

WOMEN 1 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:13:23 2 Felicity Sheedy-Ryan (AUS) 4:15:21 3 Rebekah Keat (AUS) 4:15:55

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IRONMAN 70.3 Mallorca AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ALCÚDIA, MALLORCA, SPAIN DATE MAY 12, 2012 ENTRY FEE 225-275 EUROS; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 49-6181-428560

Mallorca70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmallorca.com

FEATURES

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IRONMAN 70.3 St. Croix AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ST. CROIX, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS DATE MAY 6, 2012 ENTRY FEE $275 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 340-773-4470

Stcroixtri@yahoo.com

RUN: Beginning at Christiansted Harbor, the 13.1-mile, two-loop run winds through the grounds of the

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Be sure to check out the local markets, which are held twice a week and sell fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and craft goods. Alcúdia also features authentic Mallorcan, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisine and offers plenty of first-class restaurants to choose from during your stay.

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Buccaneer Golf Course before returning to the narrow streets of the Danish colonial town of Christiansted.

MEN 1 Andreas Raelert (GER) 2 Bertrand Billard (FRA) 3 Sylvain Sudrie (FRA)

3:53:07 3:56:56 3:59:00

WOMEN 1 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:33:18 2 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:33:50 3 Silvia Felt (GER) 4:34:04

WEATHER: Athletes can expect challenging conditions similar to those of Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i, which makes this a perfect training race. Warm temperatures, humid air and gusty winds are all common on this Caribbean island. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Try snorkeling at Buck Island, relaxing on the beach or sea kayaking if you’re in the mood for another workout. Visit Nps.gov/buis/index.htm for more information.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 2 Luke Bell (AUS) 3 Richie Cunningham (AUS)

RUN: The 13.1-mile run course is a flat, four-loop course along the wonderful beach of Alcúdia. The finish line is located in the harbor area, about 500 meters from the swim start.

WEATHER: Temperatures in midMay are expected to be between 59 and 77 F (15 and 25 C).

WOMEN 1 Catriona Morrison (GBR) 2 Angela Naeth (CAN) 3 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)

4:29:28 4:32:07 4:36:01

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL, FINISHERPIX.COM

BIKE: Cyclists get to experience beauty and “the beast”—the 56-mile bike course is one of the most scenic in the world, but it forces athletes to head up one of the steepest climbs in the sport. The rest of the ride is undulating and can be very windy, especially at the eastern tip of the island.

BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course takes athletes up the mountains of the island and features challenging hills mixed with long flat portions.

Stcroixtriathlon.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in Christiansted Harbor, with water temperatures reaching nearly 80 F. Those athletes choosing to wear a wetsuit will not be eligible for awards or Ironman qualifying slots.

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim course is in the harbor area of the city of Alcúdia. Water temperatures for May are between 64 and 68 F (18 and 20 C).

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IRONMAN 70.3 Florida AT A GLANCE: LOCATION HAINES CITY, FLA. DATE MAY 20, 2012 ENTRY FEE $225-275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Florida70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanhainescity.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes start the 1.2-mile swim on the beach next to Lake Eva Park and complete a single loop. The water temperature is expected to be 80 F on race day.

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Andy Potts (USA) 2 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 3 David Kahn (USA)

3:53:14 3:57:10 3:58:13

WOMEN 1 Caitlin Snow (USA) 2 Nina Kraft (GER) 3 Heather Leiggi (USA)

4:22:31 4:28:36 4:32:14

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

BIKE: The 56-mile bike course will travel through eastern Polk County. Athletes will travel through residential and country roads passing orange groves, lakes and golf courses. The course is predominantly flat with only a few rolling hills.

trails and roads around Lake Eva. Spectators and family members will be able to see athletes on each loop of the course as they pass the transition area at Lake Eva Park. The finish line will be right next to the Bandshell in the park.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Austria AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ST. PÖLTEN, VIENNA, AUSTRIA DATE MAY 20, 2012

ENTRY FEE 210-231 EUROS; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Office@ironman703.at

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in Lake Viehofener See and then Lake Ratzersdorfer See. Water temperature averages 68 F (20 C). Athletes will run across a 200-meter passage from lake to lake during the swim leg. BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course features a 1.2-mile section on the S33 motorway between St. Pölten and Traismauer. Vineyards and fruit plantations in the Wachau region along the Donau River are part of the scenery. RUN: The 13.1-mile run takes

athletes on a two-loop course that features many spectator viewing areas. The course runs along the Traisen River toward the center of St. Pölten. WEATHER: Expect light winds and moderate temperatures between 55 and 77 F (13 and 25 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Go wine tasting at the vineyards in the Wachau region, take a 45-minute trip to Vienna or stroll along St. Pölten’s many promenades full of sidewalk cafés and boutiques. For more ideas, go to St-poelten.gv.at.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Filip Ospaly (CZE) 2 Michael Weiss (AUT) 3 Paul Amey (GBR)

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3:55:27 3:56:01 3:57:41

WOMEN 1 Karin Thürig (SUI) 4:20:34 2 Erika Csomor (HUN) 4:24:19 3 Yvonne van Vlerken (NED) 4:26:56

IRONMAN 70.3 Hawai`i AT A GLANCE: LOCATION KOHALA COAST, HAWAI`I DATE JUNE 2, 2012 ENTRY FEE $295-350 USD, IRONMAN FOUNDATION: $650 NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 28 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 813-868-5940

Hawaii70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanhonu.com

FEATURES SWIM: The race begins at the beautiful Hapuna Beach on the Kohala Coast, 40 miles north of KailuaKona. The 1.2-mile, ocean swim is a long rectangle that parallels the shoreline. There are freshwater showers at the swim exit. Water temperatures are in the high 70s F.

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BIKE: The 56-mile bike begins with a 4.3-mile southbound outand-back on the famed Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway before turning northward. Riders follow the Akoni Pule Highway to the turnaround, just south of the town of Hawi. Athletes then make the return trip to T2 located at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii. RUN: The rolling, 13.1-mile run course starts and finishes at The Fairmont Orchid Hawaii and is entirely within the surrounding resort area. The course covers paved roads, cart paths and grass sections as athletes wind through residential areas and golf courses before run-

ning along the scenic shoreline and ancient petroglyph fields. IRONMAN FOUNDATION: Ironman Foundation entries provide athletes with an opportunity to help fund non-profit groups around the globe. Additionally, athletes receive a tax deduction for their efforts. For more information, please visit Ironmanfoundation.org. WEATHER: Temperatures can easily reach the upper 80s F along with high humidity and gusty winds. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Hawai`i’s Big Island is full of adventures, such as hiking, golfing, diving, snorkeling, horseback riding and volcano watching. The Shops at Mauna Lani, the Queen’s Marketplace and the King’s Shops feature a variety of restaurants ranging from sandwiches and hamburgers to fine Pan-Pacific regional cuisine. Check out Gohawaii.com for additional ideas and information.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Luke Bell (AUS) 2 Chris Lieto (USA) 3 Matt Lieto (USA)

3:58:14 4:01:32 4:05:25

WOMEN 1 Bree Wee (USA) 2 Elly Franks (AUS) 3 Christine Fletcher (CAN)

4:42:32 4:46:46 4:46:54

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IRONMAN 70.3 Mooseman AT A GLANCE: LOCATION NEWFOUND LAKE, N.H. DATE JUNE 3, 2012 ENTRY

FEE $260-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Mooseman70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmooseman.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop freshwater swim takes place in pristine Newfound Lake, which is known to be incredibly clean. The average water temperature is 62 F.

IRONMAN 70.3 Switzerland AT A GLANCE: LOCATION RAPPERSWIL-JONA, SWITZERLAND DATE JUNE 3,

2012 ENTRY FEE 273-375 CHF; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 41-43-433-70-90

Office@ironman.ch

Ironmanrapperswil.com

BIKE: The scenic 56-mile, two-loop bike course winds along the shores of the lake and into classic New England backcountry with beautiful views throughout. There are several challenging hills throughout the course. RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course takes athletes along the shores of Newfound Lake, passing by the majestic Granite Ledges.

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in the upper part of Lake Zurich. Waters are clear and calm with temperatures about 62 F (17 C). BIKE: Thousands of spectators line the 56-mile, two-loop course that offers breathtaking views of the Swiss Alps. The course boasts an overall altitude of 950 meters and is considered hilly and challenging.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Andi Boecherer (GER) 3:46:56 2 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:51:23 3 Mathias Hecht (SUI) 3:54:36

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4:15:10 4:18:31 4:24:58

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Visit The Mill Fudge Factory where old-fashioned, melt-in-your-mouth fudge is made. Also visit the café in Bristol Square near Newfound Lake that offers homemade ice cream, soup and light fare. For some outdoor fun, check out nearby Mount Cardigan State Park.

MEN 1 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 2 Paul Ambrose (AUS) 3 Tom Lowe (GBR)

4:02:04 4:02:11 4:09:23

WOMEN 1 Lesley Paterson (SCO) 2 Caitlin Snow (USA) 3 Melanie McQuaid (CAN)

4:30:58 4:31:46 4:49:29

MOOSEMAN: ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course is mostly flat, fast and leads participants through the historic streets of the old town of Rapperswil-Jona. The highlight of the run course is the famous ascent to the castle known as “Stairway to Heaven.” Various bands, folkloric groups and DJs create a unique

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Rapperswil-Jona, also called “the city of roses,” features a 12th-century castle and panoramic views of Lake Zurich, the Alps and the city itself. Take a walk through the historic streets or relax in the garden of roses. You can also visit the city hall, walk across the wood bridge that leads from Rapperswil to Hurden or visit Knies Kinderzoo, a children’s zoo.

WEATHER: The average high in early June is 74 F and the average low is 60 F.

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atmosphere on the run course. WEATHER: Temperatures in Rapperswil-Jona at this time of the year are ideal for racing as they are not too hot and not too cool. The average high in June is just below 70 F (21 C) and the average low is around 56 F (13 C).

Rolling hills can be seen along the course, and aid stations are located every mile.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Boise AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BOISE, IDAHO DATE JUNE 9, 2012 ENTRY FEE $250-

300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Boise70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanboise.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in pristine Lucky Peak Reservoir. Water temperature is expected to be in the low 60s F. BIKE: Idaho isn’t flat, and the 56-mile bike course presents athletes with a few of its challenging hills. The course posts a gradual elevation during the first half of the ride before winding its way into downtown Boise for T2. RUN: The two-loop, 13.1-mile course on the Boise Greenbelt runs along the scenic Boise River. The finish line is on 20

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8th Street in the heart of Boise’s BoDo District. WEATHER: Expect cool morning temperatures in the mid-60s F with a high in the 80s F during the afternoon. Boise only receives about an inch of rain each month, so the chance of a downpour on race day is unlikely. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Be sure to visit the Idaho Botanical Gardens and the World Center of Birds of Prey. For an eclectic mix of eateries, stop by Boise’s hip BoDo district, located downtown.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:52:41 2 Nicholas Thompson (USA) 3:54:48 3 Jeff Symonds (CAN) 3:55:26

WOMEN 1 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 2 Heather Wurtele (CAN) 3 Rachel McBride (CAN)

4:18:28 4:20:41 4:22:14

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IRONMAN 70.3 Italy AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PESCARA, ITALY DATE JUNE 10, 2012 ENTRY FEE 205-255 EUROS; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 39-085-4503097

Simona.didomenico@ironman.com

Ironman-italy.com

KONA

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes begin with a 1.2mile swim near the downtown beach area in the temperate Adriatic Sea.

WEATHER: The daytime average low is near 50 F (10 C) and the average high is 74 F (23 C).

BIKE: The 56-mile bike course runs through the foothills of the Abruzzo Mountains and provides a challenging and scenic ride through vineyards and groves of olive trees.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Spend the day relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Adriatic coast or visit one of many famous landmarks such as the Cathedral of San Cetteo, the Museum of Genti d’Abruzzo, the Palazzo del Governo, the Cascella Museum or the Ittico Museum.

RUN: The 13.1-mile run course takes athletes along the beach promenade, through downtown Pescara and leads to the finish line in the heart of the city.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Daniel Fontana (ITA) 4:01:26 2 Alessandro Degasperi (ITA) 4:10:54 3 Hideo Fukui (JPN) 4:10:55

WOMEN 1 Martina Dogana (ITA) 4:44:59 2 Edith Niederfriniger (ITA) 4:47:51 3 Francesca Tibaldi (ITA) 4:54:24

QUALIFIER

IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman AT A GLANCE: LOCATION CAMBRIDGE, MD. DATE JUNE 10, 2012 ENTRY FEE

INDIVIDUAL: $275 -285 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 410-964-1246

Events@tricolumbia.org

Tricolumbia.org/eagleman

FEATURES SWIM: The Choptank River is a major tributary of the Chesapeake Bay on the Delmarva Peninsula. The swim is a 1.2-mile, one-loop, rectangular course with an in-water start and an exit at the boat ramp in Great Marsh Park. The water temperature ranges from 73 to 79 F.

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BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course travels through Dorchester County, Md., and into the rural Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The course is very flat, fast and scenic. Vehicular traffic is allowed, but it is minimal. The four aid stations are staffed by members of the volunteer fire companies from the lower part of the county including Taylor’s Island, Madison Bay and Church Creek. RUN: The 13.1-mile, one-loop, out-and-back run course is on rural

country roads with six excellent aid stations. It is flat and fast with long, straight roads that provide athletes with a chance to view their competition. The run offers little-tono shade and can be very hot and humid. WEATHER: Athletes should expect humid and windy conditions, with temperatures ranging from 63 to 84 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Check out Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge or visit one of the many museums including the Richardson Maritime Museum or the Harriet Tubman Museum in downtown Cambridge. You can also take a cruise on the Skipjack “Nathan of Dorchester” built to replicate the original skipjacks of the Chesapeake Bay.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 T.J. Tollakson (USA) 3:54:39 2 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:57:43 3 Stanislav Krylov (RUS) 3:58:13

WOMEN 1 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS) 4:15:31 2 Tyler Stewart (USA) 4:21:28 3 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:23:02

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IRONMAN 70.3 Kansas AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LAWRENCE, KAN. DATE JUNE 10, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$225-275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Kansas70.3@ironman.com

Ironmankansas.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim in Clinton Lake goes counter-clockwise. Both the swim start and finish are on carpeted boat ramps. Water temperatures are in the low 70s F.

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2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Paul Matthews (AUS) 2 David Kahn (USA) 3 Luke Bell (AUS)

3:49:44 3:55:46 3:56:13

WOMEN 1 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 2 Leanda Cave (GBR) 3 Whitney Garcia (USA)

4:11:08 4:15:13 4:27:17

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course is on country roads through rural Kansas farmland. This challenging but scenic course has a number of rolling hills with minimal traffic.

will be able to see the run course and finish line. The course, with just two hills, is mostly flat.

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IRONMAN 70.3 UK AT A GLANCE: LOCATION EXMOOR, SOMERSET, ENGLAND DATE JUNE 17, 2012

ENTRY FEE 210 POUNDS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 44-0-1935-478-478

Uk@ironman.com

Ironmanuk.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in Wimbleball Lake, which was built in 1974 and is 380 meters above sea level. The one-loop course will have wave starts and temperatures should be in the mid-60s F (18 C). BIKE: The two-loop course takes athletes around Exmoor National Park via a mixture of steep climbs and descents. Stunning scenery is guaranteed throughout the 56-mile ride. RUN: The 13.1-mile, three-loop course is a mixture of tarmac, compacted pathways and grass tracks.

The route partly circumnavigates Lake Wimbleball, providing athletes with breathtaking views. Sightings of stags and wild ponies have also been known to occur in this area. WEATHER: Rain is possible, but expect temperatures to hover around 70 F (21 C). Bring layers for race day. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The lake itself is probably the best attraction around. A variety of watersport activities are available with qualified instructors on-hand at all times.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Mikel Elgezabal (ESP) 2 Stephen Bayliss (GBR) 3 Martin Jensen (DEN)

4:25:15 4:26:30 4:27:18

WOMEN 1 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 5:01:01 2 Eimear Mullan (GBR) 5:01:49 3 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 5:03:43

IRONMAN 70.3 Buffalo Springs Lake

KONA

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IRONMAN 70.3 Handcycle Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LUBBOCK, TEXAS DATE JUNE 24, 2012 ENTRY

FEE $225-296 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP; 3 HANDCYLE SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IROMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 3 HANDCYLE SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 877-719-4957 Marti@buffalospringslaketriathlon.com Buffalospringslaketriathlon.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim begins with a counter-clockwise lake swim utilizing wave starts with approximately 100 athletes per wave. The water temperature in Buffalo Springs Lake is generally 70 F to 74 F.

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BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is a modified, out-and-back route on a mix of farm roads with limited traffic. The course has eight challenging hills through the Llano Estacado Canyons, ranging from 2.9 to 8.9 percent grade and a quarter of a mile to 1.2 miles in length. The roads are well-paved with some shoulders.

RUN: The 13.1-mile flat run is on asphalt with three challenging hills, ranging from 6.4 to 7.6 percent grade. WEATHER: The weather is usually clear this time of year with temperatures ranging from 65 F to 91 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Popular attractions are the Depot Entertainment District, the Cactus Courtyard, the Cactus Theater, Texas Tech University, the Llano Estacado Winery and the Buddy Holly Center.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Raynard Tissink (RSA) 2 Michael Lovato (USA) 3 Josiah Middaugh (USA)

4:03:27 4:04:22 4:05:51

WOMEN 1 Kelly Williamson (USA) 2 Jessica Meyers (USA) 3 Margaret Shapiro (USA)

4:26:09 4:34:23 4:35:21

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IRONMAN 70.3 Syracuse AT A GLANCE: LOCATION SYRACUSE, N.Y. DATE JUNE 24, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$250-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Syracuse70.3@ironman.com

Ironmansyracuse.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim begins at Jamesville Beach Park and is an outand-back lake swim in the Jamesville Reservoir. The water temperature is expected to be in the mid-60s F to low 70s F.

RUN: The 13.1-mile run course is downhill from transition to the finish line. The point-to-point run will lead 24

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WEATHER: The average lows are in the 60s F and the highs are in the 70s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Syracuse is an exciting college town with plenty of activities for the whole family: the Everson Museum of Art, Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Erie Canal Museum, Carrier Dome or the Landmark Theatre. If you’re looking for a unique restaurant to try during your visit, check out Dinosaur Barbeque.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Bart Aernouts (BEL) 2 Paul Ambrose (GBR) 3 Josh Rix (AUS)

3:57:30 4:02:12 4:03:40

WOMEN 1 Nikki Butterfield (AUS) 4:18:57 2 Caroline Steffen (SUI) 4:21:54 3 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:33:31

FINISHERPIX.COM

BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course offers rolling hills and beautiful scenery through Syracuse and the surrounding roads of Highland Forest Park.

athletes into downtown Syracuse from Jamesville Beach Park.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Mont-Tremblant AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MONT-TREMBLANT, QUÉBEC, CANADA DATE JUNE 24, 2012 ENTRY FEE $250-275 CAD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 905-562-6670

Monttremblant70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmonttremblant.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes will start the 1.2mile swim at the Beach and Tennis Club close to Tremblant's pedestrian village. The one-loop course will bring them back to the Beach Park, 300 meters from the transition zone, located close to the Quintessence Hotel. BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course winds mainly through forest and mountains, with the Montée Ryan being the most consistent part of the challenge. At Highway 117 the elevation goes from 200 meters to 310 meters with a 6 percent slope. On the return route, via Montée Ryan and the Chemin des Voyageurs that crosses Tremblant Resort, the athletes head into the municipality of Lac Supérieur. RUN: The 13.1-mile, one-loop run leads athletes through the

Tremblant pedestrian village. Once in Chemin du Village, runners will encounter the picturesque old village of Mont-Tremblant. Chemin du Village will take athletes across a cascading waterfall alongside beautiful Lake Tremblant then through the Intrawest Club followed by the spectator-friendly finish at Tremblant Resort. WEATHER: Summer temperatures in Mont-Tremblant can range from a high of 81 F to a low of 55 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Whether you’re looking for an outdoor adventure on one of the many challenging hiking and horseback riding trails or a relaxing day at the spa, MontTremblant has a unique variety of attractions that everyone can enjoy. Visit Tourismemonttremblant.com for more information.

IRONMAN 70.3 Lake Stevens AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LAKE STEVENS, WASH. DATE JULY 15, 2012 ENTRY FEE $250-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Lakestevens70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanlakestevens.com

FEATURES INAUGURAL RACE

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim starts from the public boat launch in downtown Lake Stevens and is an out-and-back course. Expect water temperatures to be around 70 F on race day. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is a challenging two-loop course that takes athletes on a scenic tour through Lake Stevens and the surrounding areas. RUN: The 13.1-mile run is a two-loop course that leads athletes through

the downtown area. The course is shaded and relatively flat with one hill that athletes encounter twice. WEATHER: In August, the average low temperatures are in the 50s F and the highs are in the 70s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: A trip to the Washington area isn’t complete without a visit to the Boeing Future of Flight Aviation Center and Boeing Tour. Reward yourself post-race with a little shopping at the Seattle Premium Outlets in nearby Tulalip, Wash.

LAKE STEVENS: FINISHERPIX.COM

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Luke Bell (AUS) 2 Paul Ambrose (GBR) 3 Jeff Symonds (CAN)

3:56:50 3:57:53 3:58:29

WOMEN 1 Tyler Stewart (USA) 4:27:31 2 Melanie McQuaid (CAN) 4:37:58 3 Haley Cooper-Scott (USA) 4:42:42

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AFFRESH

IRONMAN 70.3 Muncie AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MUNCIE, IND. DATE JULY 7, 2012 ENTRY FEE $225-275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Muncie70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmuncie.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in Prairie Creek Reservoir. The 1275acre body of water has an expected water temperature of 78 F. Due to the size of Prairie Creek Reservoir, the water temperature can change quickly, so participants are advised to bring a wetsuit if they have one. The reservoir is usually very calm, but heavy winds can cause the water to become slightly choppy.

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WEATHER: Average highs are in the mid-80s F and lows are mid-60s F. Quick afternoon rain showers are common in July. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: During your stay, be sure to visit one of many local attractions such as the Muncie Children’s Museum, Ball State University, Cardinal Greenway, Minnetrista and the White River Greenway. Scotty’s Brewhouse is a favorite local spot and has a diverse menu with something for everyone to enjoy.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ben Hoffman (USA) 2 Mike Caiazzo (USA) 3 Rich Allen (GBR)

3:48:14 3:53:12 3:54:18

WOMEN 1 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 2 Kelly Williamson (USA) 3 Leanda Cave (GBR)

4:08:48 4:12:19 4:12:35

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BIKE: Athletes can expect a very fast out-and-back bike with 56 miles of closed state highways and country roads that wind through rural Delaware and Henry counties. The course hovers around 1,000 feet above sea level with less than a couple hundred feet of elevation change. Light winds usually favor the athletes on the return trip.

RUN: After the fast, out-and-back bike course, athletes are treated to a competitive 13.1-mile run around the south side of Prairie Creek Reservoir. The course continues over rolling hills that challenge each athlete before finishing back at Prairie Creek Reservoir.

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AMICA

IRONMAN 70.3 Rhode Island AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PROVIDENCE, R.I. DATE JULY 8, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$250-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Rhodeisland70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanrhodeisland.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in Lincoln Woods Park. Projected water temperature is in the mid-70s F.

course will take athletes through downtown Providence, culminating with a spectacular finish at the State Capitol.

BIKE: Starting in Lincoln, athletes will ride west on Route 116 before heading north on Route 7 and south on Route 102. The 56-mile bike course will pass through the rural communities of Smithfield, Chepachet, Glocester and Scituate before passing through Johnston on the way to downtown Providence.

WEATHER: Morning lows should hover around 70 F with highs in the low 80s F by the afternoon.

RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Take the family to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, which features a collection of creatures from around the globe including mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, amphibians and insects.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 David Kahn (USA) 2 Paul Ambrose (GBR) 3 Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR)

4:00:52 4:01:27 4:21:24

WOMEN 1 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 2 Annie Gervais (CAN) 3 Heather Leiggi (USA)

4:27:08 4:38:38 4:40:39

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IRONMAN 70.3 Haugesund

INAUGURAL RACE

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION HAUGESUND, NORWAY DATE JULY 8, 2012 ENTRY FEE 250-275 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 47-90-78-07-99

Haugesund70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanhaugesund.com

SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place at Skeivatnet just 1K from the city center of Haugesund. Water temperature is expected to be between 62 and 71 F (17 and 22 C). The facilities make it possible for spectators to follow the swimming closely around the lake. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is rolling with a spectacular landscape along the North Sea. After the first 44 miles, the course returns back to the city center of Haugesund and passes the finish line, before making a final 12-mile loop around Vormedal in Karmøy. RUN: The 13.1-mile run route starts at T2 and goes through the town center in two loops. The finish line is located 28

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in the heart of the city and on the quayside, along Smedasundet. WEATHER: Expect temperatures between 55 and 64 F (13 and 18 C) in the early morning, with highs ranging from 77 to 79 F (25 to 28 C) at midday. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Haugesund and Haugalandet is the homeland of the Vikings. Be sure to visit Haraldshaugen, located just a mile from the town center. The monument was built in 1872 in memory of Harald Fairhairn, who united Norway. To learn more about the Viking era, stop by the Nordvegen Historical Center. In addition to its rich, historic past, Haugesund also offers a vibrant commercial center, where most attractions are within walking distance.

ARNE K.S. YTRELAND/VISITHAUGESUND.NO, RYVARDEN: GUNN BENTE HAAVARDSHOLM

FEATURES

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IRONMAN 70.3 Racine AT A GLANCE: LOCATION RACINE, WIS. DATE JULY 15, 2012 ENTRY FEE $225-275 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Racine70.3@Ironman.com

Ironmanracine.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim is a pointto-point course along Lake Michigan's North Beach. North Beach Park is open for practice during the normal swimming season, weather permitting. Water temperature is typically less than 78 F. BIKE: The bike is an exciting 56-mile course through the scenic countryside of Racine County. This is a mostly rolling course with some steeper hills mixed in to challenge athletes. RUN: The unique 13.1-mile, double out-and-back course features a tour of the Racine Zoo and the beautiful

Lake Michigan coastline as athletes make their way toward the Racine Lighthouse to the turnaround at Shoop Park. The course is very flat and fast. WEATHER: Average temperatures range from 64 F to 79 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: There is no shortage of things to do and see in Racine. Take a tour of the incredible architecture constructed by Frank Lloyd Wright, stop by a local bakery and get a Danish kringle pastry or spend a day fishing at Horlick Dam.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Paul Ambrose (GBR) 2 Tim Berkel (AUS) 3 Patrick Evoe (USA)

3:51:50 3:57:32 4:03:14

WOMEN 1 Christie Sym (AUS) 2 Kristin Andrews (USA) 3 Michelle Wu (AUS)

4:28:54 4:33:26 4:33:48

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

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IRONMAN 70.3 Antwerp AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ANTWERP, BELGIUM DATE JULY 22, 2012 ENTRY

FEE 180-200 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 3 HANDCYCLE SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3; 3 HANDCYCLE SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 32-11-45-99-00

Info@golazo.com

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FEATURES SWIM: The course is a 1.2-mile, oneloop lake swim in the Galgenweel Lake. Water temperatures can range from 63 F to 72 F (17 C to 22 C). BIKE: The bike course is flat and runs through the northern part of the city. The upper portion of the bike route is repeated twice to complete the 56-mile journey.

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RUN: The 13.1-mile run is a flat, three-loop course through the city of

Antwerp which is lined with enthusiastic spectators and volunteers. WEATHER: Expect race-day temperatures to fall between 68 F and 77 F (20 C and 25 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Antwerp is considered one of the world’s fashion capitals. Spend a day shopping and check out the latest trends. Go to Visitantwerp.be for more information.

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION SONOMA COUNTY, CALIFORNIA DATE JULY 15, 2012

ENTRY FEE $275-305 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 707-528-1630

Raceinfo@vineman.com

MEN 1 Bart Aernouts (BEL) 2 Axel Zeebroek (BEL) 3 Markus Fachbach (GER)

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, out-and-back swim takes place in a dammed portion of the Russian River in Guerneville, Calif. The river, which is 4 to 6 feet deep, makes this course very safe for open-water swimming. BIKE: The 56-mile, point-to-point bike course meanders through wine country, passing vineyards and dozens of wineries. The rolling terrain of the bike course is challenging but not overly difficult.

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3:45:58 3:46:27 3:47:04

WOMEN 1 Sofie Goos (BEL) 2 Sophie DeGroote (BEL) 3 Natascha Badmann (SUI)

4:21:23 4:22:39 4:26:43

La Crema Winery and back on roads that vary from flat to rolling hills. WEATHER: The average daytime temperatures for the month of July have a low of 52 F and a high of 84 F. However, it can get hot—in two of the 19 years the event has taken place, temperatures have topped 100 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: San Francisco is just an hour south of the race site, but the real attractions are the more than 100 wineries that are located in Sonoma County, many of which can be found along the race course.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Andy Potts (USA) 2 Paul Matthews (AUS) 3 Joe Gambles (USA)

3:45:36 3:48:24 3:54:30

WOMEN 1 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 2 Leanda Cave (GBR) 3 Mirinda Carfrae (AUS)

4:09:00 4:15:14 4:17:49

ANTWERP: ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

RUN: The 13.1-mile, out-and-back run course takes athletes from Windsor High School to the grounds of the

2011 RESULTS

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IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BOULDER, COLO. DATE AUG. 5, 2012 ENTRY FEE $250-275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Boulder70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanboulder.com

FEATURES

VITERRA

IRONMAN 70.3 Calgary AT A GLANCE: LOCATION CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA DATE JULY 29, 2012

ENTRY FEE $255-300 CAD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 403-400-3743

Ironmancalgary@gmail.com

Ironmancalgary.com

SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in the Boulder Reservoir. The water temperature is generally between 70 F and 74 F in August. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is relatively flat and open with slight inclines and descents. Athletes will enjoy spectacular views of the Rocky Mountains throughout the ride. RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop course offers great views of the Rocky Mountains and allows spectators to cheer athletes on as they begin

their second loop or head to the finish line. WEATHER: In August, expect an average low of 55 F in the early morning and an average high of 85 F in the afternoon. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: From vineyards to breweries and shopping to mountain climbing, there are activities for everyone. Popular venues include the Pearl Street Mall and the Twenty-ninth Street Retail District. Check out Bouldercoloradousa.com to plan your itinerary.

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim begins in waves that start and finish at the boat ramp located at the mouth of the Ghost River. Ghost Lake is typically cool with temperatures between 65 F and 70 F. BIKE: The 56-mile, point-to-point bike course takes athletes on a tour of Alberta's spectacular ranch country and features views of the Rocky Mountains. The course is challenging but should be relatively fast as there is an overall net elevation drop of more than 300 feet (100 meters). RUN: The 13.1-mile, out-and-back paved run course will take athletes past T2 before heading down into the beautiful Elbow River delta in the urban Weaselhead Natural Area. The mostly flat run features two challenging hills that will treat athletes

to a Rocky Mountain view contrasted with Calgary’s urban skyline. WEATHER: Weather can vary from year to year but late July and early August typically offer perfect racing weather. The average high is 72 F and the average low is 50 F. August is generally a mild month; it is mostly dry with low humidity.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Joe Gambles (AUS) 2 Raynard Tissink (RSA) 3 Paul Ambrose (GBR)

3:45:35 3:51:41 3:53:01

WOMEN 1 Angela Naeth (CAN) 2 Kelly Williamson (USA) 3 Amanda Lovato (USA)

4:10:31 4:12:42 4:23:55

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Calgary is full of exciting outdoor and indoor activities. Check out Glenbow Museum, with leading First Nations and Western Canadian History exhibits; Skyline at Canadian Olympic Park for outdoor fun at the home base of the 1988 Winter Olympics; Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains; or take a day trip to Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump to experience the prairie vista and history.

ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Timothy O’Donnell (USA) 3:56:24 2 Jordan Rapp (USA) 4:02:38 3 Brian Fleischmann (USA) 4:03:26

WOMEN 1 Tenille Hoogland (USA) 4:34:21 2 Sara Gross (CAN) 4:34:27 3 Mackenzie Madison (USA) 4:36:52

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SPARKASSEN FINANZGRUPPE

IRONMAN 70.3 European Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION WIESBADEN, GERMANY DATE AUG. 12, 2012 EN-

TRY FEE 215 EUROS; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 49-0-6181-42254

Athlete@ironman.de

Ironman703.de

FEATURES COBRA ENERGY DRINK

IRONMAN 70.3 Philippines AT A GLANCE: LOCATION CEBU, PHILIPPINES DATE AUG. 5, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$225-275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2012 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 63-918-839-9429

Secretariat@ironman703phil.com

Ironman703phil.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim is a water start, less than a mile from the white sands of Shangri-La's Mactan Resort and Spa. The one-loop course parallels the shoreline, returning to Shangri-La's boat jetty, where athletes make their way to T1. BIKE: The 56-mile, two-loop bike course takes athletes toward the main island of Cebu. After crossing the Marcel Fernan Bridge, athletes will enter metropolitan Cebu City, where the majority of the course traces the coastline highway.

WEATHER: Temperatures during this time of year can fluctuate between 77 and 90 F. The beginning of August is still part of Cebu's rainy season, so caution should be used when on the bike course. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Often called "the Queen City of the south," Cebu is the country's oldest city, as well as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Philippines. In addition to the bustling metropolis, the rest of Cebu's 167 islets and islands are lined with white sands and pristine waters. Cebu is known for its exceptional diving facilities and guides. During your visit, explore all that the island has to offer and check out one of the many underwater caves and diving grounds.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Pete Jacobs (AUS) 2 Jesse Thomas (USA) 3 Cameron Brown (NZL)

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WOMEN 1 Belinda Granger (AUS) 2 Amanda Stevens (USA) 3 Bree Wee (USA)

4:26:03 4:28:34 4:35:16

BIKE: The challenging 56-mile, one-loop bike course through the Rheingau-Taunus Region is hilly, featuring several steep climbs and fast descents. The bike course is closed to vehicular traffic. RUN: The 13.1-mile, four-loop run course takes athletes through downtown Wiesbaden and has a drawn-out ascent, with thousands

of spectators lining the course. WEATHER: Air temperature in the morning ranges from 60 F to 68 F (16 C to 20 C). Daytime temperatures might reach the mid-80s F (29 C), but there is still a chance of cold and rainy weather. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Nerobergbahn (a railway operated by water ballast), Kurhaus Casino, impressive architecture, well-known wine and champagne producers and numerous palaces and museums to explore, can all be found near Wiesbaden.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Andi Böcherer (GER) 2 Filip Ospaly (CZE) 3 Martin Krnavek (CZE)

4:08:36 4:10:19 4:15:02

WOMEN 1 Karin Thürig (SUI) 4:45:47 2 Eva Wutti (AUT) 4:50:54 3 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:51:39

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RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course takes place on tree-lined Punta Engano Road. Athletes will pass luxurious hotels and shops, while also absorbing the native culture and natural beauty of the area. The course stretches to the tip of Mactan Island, where runners

will reach the turnaround and head toward the finish line.

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim is an outand-back course in the Schiersteiner port, which is adjacent to the Rhein River. Water temperature is around 72 F (22 C).

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IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN DATE AUG. 19, 2012

ENTRY FEE $225 - 275 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Ironmansteelhead.com

Steelhead70.3@ironman.com

FEATURES

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IRONMAN 70.3 Yeppoon AT A GLANCE: LOCATION YEPPOON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA DATE AUG. 19, 2012 ENTRY FEE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 61-02-8084-6127

Info@x-tri.com.au

SWIM: The 1.2-mile, point-to-point swim will take place in Lake Michigan. Waters can be calm or choppy depending on the winds, so athletes should expect 1 to 3-foot waves. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course will take athletes through scenic, northern Berrien and eastern Van Buren counties. This area is known as Michigan’s “fruit belt,” where blueberry and raspberry farms, as well as vineyards and orchards are plentiful. RUN: The 13.1-mile run course will take place on local roadways and

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BIKE: This 56-mile, unique fiveloop, “L”-shaped course takes athletes from Capricorn Resort Yeppoon to the turnaround at Caravan Park. RUN: This 13.1-mile, three-loop course is predominantly flat. Athletes will run through the Capricorn Resort Yeppoon grounds before finishing within the pools and recreational areas. The course incorporates both hard- and softsurface running, and athletes will

enjoy scattered shaded areas along the way. WEATHER: Weather in Yeppoon during the month of August is cool and comfortable with temperatures varying between 50 and 68 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Yeppoon is full of amazing things to see and do, particularly when it comes to the outdoors. Take a hike along the Bluff Point Track and witness the dramatic coastline created by ancient volcanic eruptions. Visit the Cooberrie Park Wildlife Sanctuary and interact with koalas and kangaroos. Or stop by the Footlights Theatre Restaurant and enjoy a three-course dinner while you watch a fabulous performance.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: While in Benton Harbor, check out Jean Klock Park for an assortment of outdoor recreational activities, including swimming and volleyball. Benton Harbor also has a variety of museums and galleries; Tabor Hill Wine and Art Gallery is a local favorite.

MEN 1 Ollie Whistler (AUS) 3:56:44 2 Matty White (AUS) 3:56:50 3 Richard Thompson (AUS) 3:58:32

WOMEN 1 Michelle Wu (AUS) 2 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 3 Renee Lane (AUS)

4:22:43 4:28:21 4:40:54

MEN 1 Tom Lowe (GBR) 2 Matty Reed (USA) 3 Michael Lovato (USA)

3:19:32 3:19:51 3:20:16

WOMEN 1 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 2 Heather Jackson (USA) 3 Jessica Jacobs (USA)

3:36:02 3:39:58 3:44:22

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WEATHER: During the month of August, temperatures in Benton Harbor range from a low of 64 F to a high of 85 F.

2011 RESULTS

SWIM: The 1.2-mile, point-to-point ocean swim will take place in the sheltered waters off the shores of the Capricorn Resort Yeppoon. Water temperatures this time of year average between 71 and 73 F.

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AT A GLANCE: LOCATION GILFORD, N.H. DATE AUG. 19, 2012 ENTRY FEE $260-300 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Timberman70.3@ironman.com

Ironmantimberman.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop freshwater swim takes place in Lake Winnipesaukee. Athletes will enter the water in waves. The water temperatures in August range from 70 to 77 F. ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

BIKE: The scenic 56-mile, one-loop bike course has plenty of rolling hills and several challenging hills ranging from 3 to 9 percent in grade. RUN: The 13.1-mile run is a scenic, two-loop course that travels along the shores of Lake Winnipesaukee. Ath-

letes will encounter plenty of rolling hills and spectacular views of the lake and the majestic White Mountains. WEATHER: In August, the average high is around 81 F and the average low is 56 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Don’t miss Ox K Farm, a working oxen farm set amidst the Belknap Mountain Range, where children and adults are offered a unique opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Rasmus Henning (DEN) 2 Mike Caiazzo (USA) 3 Stephan Vuckovic (GER)

3:53:41 4:01:30 4:06:36

WOMEN 1 Chrissie Wellington (GBR) 4:16:33 2 Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:26:36 3 Annie Gervais (CAN) 4:34:24

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IRONMAN 70.3 Salzburg AT A GLANCE: LOCATION ZELL AM SEE/KAPRUN, AUSTRIA DATE AUG. 26, 2012 ENTRY FEE 210 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Officesalzburg@triangle.cc

Ironmansalzburg.com

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IRONMAN 70.3 Brasil AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PENHA, SANTA CATARINA, BRASIL DATE AUG. 25, 2012 ENTRY FEE $450 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 55-11-3772-0578

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SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim will take place in the Zeller See, beautifully set in the middle of the Alps. With a paved walkway around the lake, there are plenty of viewing areas for spectators to cheer on their athlete. Water temperatures are expected to be between 68 and 75 F on race day. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is mainly flat with a few inclines scattered throughout. Athletes will complete two loops around Zeller See before making their way to T2. RUN: The 13.1-mile run course will take athletes past the historical center of Zell am See, as they make

their way along the lakeshore toward the finish line area in the heart of the city. WEATHER: In August, temperatures range from 75 to 95 F (25 to 35 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: While in Zell am See, explore the Schmittenhöhe mountain and spend a day hiking along one of the many trails or check out one of the quaint shops in the town center. Salzburg is an hour away by car, which makes for a great day-trip to one of Europe’s most fascinating cities!

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FEATURES SWIM: The start of the 1.2-mile swim is located at Itapocoroi Beach. Pros will start 10 meters in front of the age group starting line. BIKE: The 56-mile, three-loop bike course is mostly flat. There will be eight aid stations per lap. RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course is primarily flat. The run starts at T2, located in front of Beto Carrero World Park, and the finish line is in front of Park Castel. WEATHER: The weather in Penha is expected to be around 77 F (25

C). Last year on race day, there were moderate winds out of the north. The water temperature was around 75 F (24 C), and the humidity came close to 55 percent. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The city of Penha offers many attractions for both visitors and natives. Saudade Beach, Alegre Beach, Quilombo Beach, Fortaleza Beach and many others surround the city, creating a beautiful coastline. Another popular attraction is the Park Beto Carrero World, which is the center of the event.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Adriano Sacchetto (BRA) 2 Santiago Ascenco (BRA) 3 Reinaldo Colucci (BRA)

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WOMEN 1 Susana Festner (BRA) 4:18:35 2 Claire Horner (RSA) 4:19:00 3 Maria Soledad Omar (ARG) 4:20:07

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IRONMAN 70.3 Muskoka AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MUSKOKA, ONTARIO, CANADA DATE SEPT. 9, 2012

ENTRY FEE $250-300 CAD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 905-562-6670

Muskoka70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmuskoka.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim starts in the picturesque waters of Peninsula Lake at Deerhurst Resort. The water will be in the high 60s F.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Ireland AT A GLANCE: LOCATION GALWAY, IRELAND DATE SEPT. 2, 2012 ENTRY FEE 215 EUROS; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 35 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 01-86-559-6266

Ireland70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanireland.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in the sparkling waters of Galway Bay. BIKE: The 56-mile bike course heads along the coast and through the enchanting landscape of the green island. RUN: The run course, covering 13.1 miles, begins in the seaside resort of Salthill and ends with a spectacular finish line in downtown Galway. An Irish-style finish line party was the grand finale of the first Ironman 70.3 in Ireland.

WEATHER: The daytime average low is near 50 F (10 C) and the average high is 68 F (20 C). LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Visit the Aran Islands, located about 30 miles from the mouth of Galway Bay, for a tour of the famous prehistoric and Christian monuments. You can also check out the Cliffs of Moher, one of Ireland’s most beautiful and most visited tourist attractions. Visit any of the local restaurants in Galway for the freshest seafood Ireland has to offer.

BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop hilly bike course circles the villages of Lake of Bays and Dorset. The crowds in each town provide athletes with extra motivation that will help enhance the Muskoka race experience. RUN: The 13.1-mile run heads through beautiful Muskoka County. Sections of the run will take athletes along scenic Fairy Vista Trail before heading back to the spectacular finish line at Deerhurst Resort. There

are numerous aid stations with enthusiastic volunteers. WEATHER: The average temperatures fall in the low to mid-70s F, yet the early mornings can be cool. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The Muskoka area offers numerous outdoor activities including the world-famous Algonquin Park (Algonquinpark. on.ca). The town of Huntsville (Town. huntsville.on.ca) and the hamlets of Dwight, Dorset and Baysville all offer unique opportunities to visitors. The host hotel, Deerhurst Resort, offers access to several on-site restaurants including Eclipse and Maple.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Michael Lovato (USA) 2 Sean Bechtel (CAN) 3 Justin Park (USA)

4:15:40 4:17:53 4:20:07

WOMEN 1 Amanda Lovato (USA) 2 Jennifer Tetrick (USA) 3 Missy Kuck (USA)

4:46:33 4:51:38 4:56:32

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MUSKOKA: FINISHERPIX.COM

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Mike Aigroz (SUI) 2 Pavel Simko (SVK) 3 Owen Cummins (IRL)

3:50:12 3:55:59 4:01:26

WOMEN 1 Lucy Gossage (GBR) 2 Rachel Joyce (GBR) 3 Charisa Wernick (USA)

4:21:09 4:23:37 4:37:41

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IRONMAN World Championship 70.3 AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LAKE LAS VEGAS, HENDERSON, NEV. DATE SEPT. 9, 2012 ENTRY FEE $350 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 2012 AGE GROUP CHAMPIONS WILL BE INVITED BACK TO COMPETE IN THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Vegas@ironman.com

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SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop wave swim will take place in a clockwise fashion in Lake Las Vegas at the Lake Las Vegas resort. The normal water temperature in September is 78 F to 82 F.

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2011 Results Men 1 Craig Alexander (AUS) 2 Chris Lieto (USA) 3 Jeff Symonds (CAN)

3:54:48 3:58:03 3:58:42

Women 1 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 2 Karin Th端rig (SUI) 3 Linsey Corbin (USA)

4:20:55 4:26:52 4:29:25

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IRONMAN 70.3 Cozumel AT A GLANCE: LOCATION COZUMEL, MEXICO DATE SEPT. 23, 2012 ENTRY FEE $300-325 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Lgc@ironman703cozumel.com

Ironmancozumel.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim takes place in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. The water temperature is expected to be approximately 84 F.

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IRONMAN 70.3 Centrair Tokoname Japan AT A GLANCE: LOCATION TOKONAME, JAPAN DATE SEPT. 16, 2012 ENTRY FEE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 0570-010-703 (Domestic calls only)

Info@ironman703.jp

BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop bike course takes athletes around the southern part of the island, over flat and paved roads. RUN: The scenic, 13.1-mile run course offers beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea. Athletes will travel through the town of Cozumel, passing many spectator-friendly areas.

WEATHER: During the month of September, the average high is 88 F and the average low is 74 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Cozumel's tropical island setting is the perfect place to enjoy snorkeling, diving, siwmming and windsurfing. In addition to the many outdoor activities the island has to offer, Cozumel also has a wide variety of restaurants and shopping areas to explore. Visit Cozumel.travel for more ideas and information.

INAUGURAL RACE

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop openwater swim takes place in the Pacific Ocean, between the mainland and Airport Island. Water temperatures range from 68 to 82 F (20 to 28 C) in September.

from Airport Island before returning to the finish line at the airport.

BIKE: The 56-mile, two-loop scenic bike course passes through rural areas and athletes will contend with several rolling hills and technical turns.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: As Japan’s fourth largest city, Tokoname has plenty to see and do. There is also a bullet train to Tokyo if you’re interested in continuing your travels throughout Japan.

RUN: The mostly flat, 13.1-mile run course goes across the bridge away

WEATHER: September daytime temperature ranges from 77 to 86 F (25 to 30 C).

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Fukui Hideo (JPN) 2 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE) 3 Masuda Daiki (JPN)

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WOMEN 1 Belinda Granger (AUS) 2 Shiono Emi (JPN) 3 Ohmatsu Saori (JPN)

4:45:59 4:48:12 4:50:22

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IRONMAN 70.3 Pays d’Aix AT A GLANCE: LOCATION AIX EN PROVENCE, FRANCE DATE SEPT. 23, 2012 ENTRY FEE 225-275 EUROS NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 35 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3

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IRONMAN 70.3 Branson AT A GLANCE: LOCATION BRANSON, MO. DATE SEPT. 23, 2012 ENTRY FEE $150; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Branson70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanbranson.com

FEATURES SWIM: Athletes enter the waters of Table Rock Lake from Moonshine Beach. Athletes swim a 1.2-mile triangular, clockwise route in some of the cleanest and clearest water that America has to offer. Water temperature is approximately 68 F and conditions for the swim should be calm. BIKE: Athletes can expect a challenging and fast 56-mile bike course that offers several incredible mountaintop views with long and gradual ascents and descents. Athletes complete two loops, and the course is closed to traffic. The bike leg concludes at the shopping district of Branson Landing.

WEATHER: Race-day temperatures are expected to fall between 62 and 80 F. September is generally dry in the southern Missouri region, and the leaves begin to change colors toward the end of the month. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Truly a remarkable vacation destination, Branson offers incredible value with more than 50 live performance theaters, three pristine lakes, 12 championship golf courses, an international award-winning theme park, dozens of attractions and museums, shopping and a full range of dining options. Visit Explorebranson.com for full details on local attractions.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Ben Hoffman (USA) 2 Matt Lieto (USA) 3 Karl Bordine (USA)

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WOMEN 1 Jessica Myers (USA) 4:45:14 2 Nina Kraft (GER) 4:51:59 3 Mackenzie Madison (USA) 4:53:27

Paysdaix70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanpaysdaix.com

FEATURES SWIM: The one-loop, 1.2-mile swim will take place in the waters of Plantain, located in the city of Peyrolles-en-Provence.

WEATHER: Located in the south of France, Pays d’Aix enjoys sunny days year-round. In September, the average temperature is 71 F (22 C).

BIKE: During the 56-mile bike course, athletes will pass through Pays d’Aix and eight surrounding towns, which will allow for great spectator support.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Pays d’Aix’s rich history and love of the arts combine to create some of the most beautiful museums and local architecture in the world. Guided tours are available for visitors to fully experience this French city’s hidden treasures. Check out Le Darius or Le Formal for a sampling of traditional French cuisine.

RUN: The three-loop, 13.1-mile run course takes athletes along city and forest roads through La Torse Park and the city of Aix-en-Provence.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Stephane Poulat (FRA) 2 Sylvain Sudrie (FRA) 3 Julien Loy (FRA)

3:49:43 3:50:57 3:51:04

WOMEN 1 Jeanne Collonge (FRA) 2 Johanna Daumas (FRA) 3 Erika Csomor (HUN)

4:17:42 4:24:20 4:26:35

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BRANSON: ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

RUN: Athletes transition from the bike to run at the shopping district of Branson Landing for a pancakeflat, three-loop, 13.1-mile run course. Each loop of the run passes through the center of the Branson Landing

shopping district, allowing for a lot of spectator support along Lake Taneycomo. The finish line is located in front of a multimillion-dollar fountain and fire show synchronized to light, fire and music.

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IRONMANWHEELS.COM 720. 808. 0626 WHEELS@IRONMAN.COM

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IRONMAN 70.3 Augusta AT A GLANCE: LOCATION AUGUSTA, GA. DATE SEPT. 30, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$275-325 USD; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3

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IRONMAN 70.3 Pocono Mountains

FEE $275-300 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 50 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Impm70.3@phillytri.com

Ironmanpoconomountains.com

FEATURES SWIM: The modified, rectangular 1.2-mile swim course takes place in the calm Delaware River at Smithfield Beach. Located inside the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, the Delaware River will be surrounded by the beautiful fall colors of the Appalachian Mountains. Water temperature is in the mid-60s F. BIKE: The 56-mile, point-to-point bike course is through the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and surrounding communities. It features some of the same routes used by the historic Tour Du Trump and Tour Du Pont bike races. The initial 7 to 10 miles of the course on River Road will be on closed roads, and the remainder will be on quiet rural country routes. There are some challenging hills and some long flat stretches. RUN: Utilizing the popular Pocono

Marathon Run for Red course, this 13.1-mile, out-and-back route takes runners through the historic, treelined streets of downtown Stroudsburg finishing on historic Main Street with a great fall festival. WEATHER: Weather can vary, but the first weekend in October usually sees beautiful fall weather. Average daytime temperatures can range from the mid-60s F to low 70s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: As the closest Ironman 70.3 to New York City and Philadelphia, the Pocono Mountains region is a wonderful and easy destination for race weekend. With great natural attractions such as Bushkill Falls and family entertainment such as Great Wolf Lodge Water Park, there is plenty to do. Check out 800poconos.com to learn more about the area and to plan your activities around the race.

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WOMEN 1 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 2 Jessie Donavan (USA) 3 Jennifer Tetrick (USA)

3:57:11 4:02:46 4:04:11

Ironmanaugusta.com

FEATURES

BIKE: The 56-mile bike course is a one-loop, relatively hilly course that takes athletes through Georgia for the first few miles before crossing the border into South Carolina for the majority of the bike leg. RUN: The flat, 13.1-mile, two-loop run course takes athletes on a winding path through the downtown Augusta area, allowing spectators to

see athletes several times throughout the course. WEATHER: Average temperatures include lows in the 60s F and highs in the 80s F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: While in Augusta, be sure to visit some of the area’s many museums, including the Morris Museum of Art, National Science Center’s Fort Discovery and the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art. For regional Southern cuisine, try La Maison on Telfair or Bistro 491.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Viktor Zyemtsev (UKR) 2 Maxim Kriat (UKR) 3 Tim Berkel (AUS)

3:47:15 3:49:34 3:51:54

WOMEN 1 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:19:31 2 Amanda Lovato (USA) 4:25:54 3 Heather Jackson (USA) 4:28:30

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POCONO: FINISHERPIX.COM

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Bart Aernouts (BEL) 2 Zach Ruble (USA) 3 Fabian Conrad (GER)

Augusta70.3@ironman.com

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim is a pointto-point course in the Savannah River with water temperatures in the low 70s F.

AT A GLANCE: LOCATION STROUDSBURG, PA. DATE SEPT. 30, 2012 ENTRY

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IRONMAN 70.3 Miami AT A GLANCE: LOCATION MIAMI, FLA. DATE OCT. 28, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$300-325 USD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 40 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Miami70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanmiami.com

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IRONMAN 70.3 Austin

IRONMAN 70.3 U.S. Collegiate Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION AUSTIN, TEXAS DATE OCT. 28, 2012 ENTRY FEE

$275-325 USD ; RELAYS OFFERED NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 30 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 813-868-5940

Austin70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanaustin.com

FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop freshwater swim takes place in Decker Lake and athletes enter the water in waves. Average water temperature is 72 to 78 F. BIKE: Athletes enjoy a scenic 56mile, one-loop course through rolling Texas farmland, sprawling ranches, cedar-covered vistas and sunflower fields. There will be four aid stations located along the course. RUN: Athletes begin the 13.1-mile, two-loop run course at Luedecke Arena. The course meanders through Walter E. Long Park, along the shores

of Decker Lake and through the Travis County Expo Center grounds, finishing inside Luedecke Arena. WEATHER: Temperatures in late October are expected to be an average high of 78 F and an average low of 59 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: While in "The Live Music Capital of the World," check out a live show at one of the many venues Austin has to offer. For a listing of events, dining options and shopping centers, visit Austintexas.org.

SWIM: Participants will swim 1.2 miles in the protected ocean waters of downtown Miami before entering T1, located at Bayfront Park. Spectators and athletes will have a great view of Watson Island and The Port of Miami from the swim start. Water temperatures are expected to be between 76 and 78 F (24 to 26 C). BIKE: The one-loop, 56-mile bike course will take athletes through the quiet, scenic communities of Miami. Athletes will head north to Watson Island before heading back south to Homestead, passing classic and modern mansions along the way. Cyclists will also see the Mediterranean-style cities of Coral Gables, Coconut Grove and Pinecrest. Although there are a few bridges, the majority of the course is flat. RUN: The 13.1-mile run course will lead athletes alongside the

waters of Miami and through one of the most popular and beautiful ports around the world—The Port of Miami. The two-loop course is mostly flat with the exception of the MacArthur Causeway Bridge, which serves as the run turnaround spot. WEATHER: Temperatures in Miami are expected to fall between 72 and 85 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Miami offers a variety of activities such as shopping at Bayside Shopping Mall or Downtown Miami Shops, dining at the Brickell Avenue restaurants or relaxing on the world-famous Miami Beach. Check out Jungle Island for a day of family fun. There are also more than 200 restaurants in the downtown Miami area, including Joe’s Stone Crab Restaurant (Joesstonecrab.com) which has been open for nearly 100 years.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Sebastian Kienle (GER) 2 Michael Raelert (GER) 3 Matt Reed (USA)

3:47:01 3:48:01 3:49:37

WOMEN 1 Leanda Cave (GBR) 4:13:35 2 Magali Tisseyre (CAN) 4:21:12 3 Emma-Kate Lidbury (GBR) 4:23:11

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ACTION SPORTS INTERNATIONAL

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Michael Raelert (GER) 3:47:48 2 Ronnie Schildknecht (SUI) 3:49:48 3 Paul Amey (GBR) 3:52:36

WOMEN 1 Jessica Meyers (USA) 2 Mandy McLane (USA) 3 Caroline Gregory (USA)

4:29:15 4:34:40 4:38:28

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IRONMAN 70.3 Port Macquarie AT A GLANCE: LOCATION PORT MACQUARIE, NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA DATE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION ENTRY FEE $285 AUD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Portmacquarie70.3@ironman.com

Ironmanportmacquarie.com

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IRONMAN 70.3 Taiwan AT A GLANCE: LOCATION KENTING, TAIWAN DATE NOV. 4, 2012

ENTRY FEE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 886-2-8226-7300

Taiwan@ironman.com

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in the beautiful Hastings River, which feeds a network of canals and waterways around Port Macquarie. Spectators line the banks of the river near Westport Park to view the start of the two-loop swim course. Water temperature is between 66 and 72 F (19 and 22 C).

both athletes and spectators. The route finishes at the waterfront Village Green.

BIKE: On this 56-mile, scenic course, athletes will stay close to the coastline, passing beautiful beaches while making their way through Port Macquarie and the village of Lake Cathie.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Ideally situated at the mouth of the Hastings River and the Pacific Ocean, Port Macquarie is a water lover’s paradise. Fifteen beaches line the coast from Port Macquarie to Camden Haven. During your visit, enjoy coastal walks, surfing, sailing, swimming, fishing and whale watching. Many beaches feature barbecue facilities and playgrounds. For more information, visit Portmacquarieinfo.com.au.

RUN: The 13.1-mile, four-loop run goes through the city center and along parts of Pacific Drive, which combines rolling hills with beautiful scenery for excellent viewing for

WEATHER: It is usually dry and sunny during the day, but the nights can be quite cool. The temperature range is approximately 68 to 84 F (20 to 29 C).

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2011 RESULTS FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, two-loop swim course takes place at South Bay of Kenting.

of the Hengshuen Peninsula before finishing in front of the Yoho Landis Beach Resort.

BIKE: The 56-mile bike course takes athletes along the coastline of Hengshuen Peninsula, which showcases the beauty of southern Taiwan.

WEATHER: Average temperature in early November is about 78 F (26 C).

RUN: The 13.1-mile run course follows part of the bike course and takes athletes along the coastline

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WOMEN 1 Joanna Lawn (NZL) 4:29:36 2 Madeleine Oldfield (AUS) 4:37:24 3 Michelle Wu (AUS) 4:41:10

WOMEN 1 Michelle Wu (AUS) 2 Maki Nishiuchi (JPN)

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LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Take time to explore Kenting’s nature and historical culture during your stay. Check out Yoho Beach Resort or head to Main Street for a wide variety of dining options.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Chris McCormack (AUS) 2 Hideo Fukui (JPN) 3 Fredrik Croneborg (SWE)

MEN 1 Joe Gambles (AUS) 2 Tim Berkel (AUS) 3 Cameron Brown (NZL)

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IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship AT A GLANCE: LOCATION LAGUNA PHUKET, THAILAND DATE DEC. 2, 2012 ENTRY FEE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 45 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Asiapacific70.3@ironman.com

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IRONMAN 70.3 Shepparton AT A GLANCE: LOCATION SHEPPARTON, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA DATE NOV. 11, 2012 ENTRY FEE VISIT IRONMAN.COM FOR UPDATED INFORMATION NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 Shepparton@ironman.com

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim consists of one and a half loops in Kialla Lake. Athletes will enter the water and swim in a counter-clockwise direction around the west end of the lake, past the finish line and then complete one full loop of the marked course.

Runners will exit at the lake end of the bike compound and run along the pathway in a counter-clockwise direction.

BIKE: The two-loop bike course is flat and fast. The turnaround point will be along Kialla Lakes Drive. Athletes will then complete the second lap directly into Ganaway Cres.

LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Be sure to plan a visit to Wyndham Street where shopping, dining and entertainment options are plentiful. History buffs should explore Wellsford Street, where art museums, war memorials and historical monuments can be found at every turn.

RUN: The 13.1-mile run course takes athletes along the Goulbum River.

WEATHER: The average weather temperatures in Shepparton during November range from 50 F to 68 F.

SWIM: The 1.2-mile swim takes place in Laguna Phuket’s two bodies of water. Starting on the white sand beach between the Dusit Laguna Resort and Laguna Beach Resort, the opening leg is 1,180 meters in the calm, blue Andaman Sea. After a 100-meter run across the beach, the second leg is 620 meters in a lagoon to the swim finish and transition area. BIKE: The 56-mile, one-loop course will include hilly sections and will use rural roads through rubber plantations and villages. The course will be challenging with spectacular views. RUN: The 13.1-mile, flat run course is two loops and will include resort roads, paved paths and grass golf course sections.

WEATHER: Average air temperature in December in Phuket is 81 F (27 C) with 85 percent humidity. Bikes should be equipped with at least two water bottle cages. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: The Laguna Phuket Resort is one of Asia’s finest vacation destinations. The resort offers a wealth of activities, services and facilities including golf, exciting water sports, luxurious spas and boutique shopping. Take advantage of all Laguna Phuket has to offer and take part in an adventure safari, scuba diving expedition, elephant trek or a tour of the city. Visit Lagunaphuket.com for more information.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Michael Raelert (GER) 3:51:36 2 Richie Cunningham (AUS) 3:57:16 3 Paul Matthews (AUS) 3:58:24

WOMEN 1 Melissa Rollison (AUS) 4:17:01 2 Natascha Badmann (SUI) 4:30:42 3 Radka Vodickova (CZE) 4:34:50

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Leon Griffin (AUS) 2 Monty Frankish (AUS) 3 Luke Whitmore (AUS)

3:51:27 4:03:13 4:04:40

WOMEN 1 Samantha Warriner (NZL) 4:25:25 2 Lisa Marangon (AUS) 4:27:56 3 Nicole Ward (AUS) 4:35:22

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IRONMAN 70.3 Canberra AT A GLANCE: LOCATION CANBERRA, AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY, AUSTRALIA DATE DEC. 9, 2012 ENTRY FEE $320 AUD NUMBER OF QUALIFYING SLOTS 25 SLOTS FOR THE 2013 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 70.3 02-8084-6127

Canberra@ironman.com

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FEATURES SWIM: The 1.2-mile, one-loop swim is set in the fresh, calm waters of Lake Burley Griffin. Water temperatures are expected to hover around 68 F. BIKE: This unique, 56-mile bike course takes athletes along the shores of Lake Buley Griffin and through Canberra’s freeways, as well as urban and rural roadways. RUN: The 13.1-mile, two-loop run course flows through Canberra’s most beautiful parks and takes athletes past landmarks such as the

National Museum of Australia and Australian National University. WEATHER: Temperatures during the month of December can be extremely hot and can range from highs of 80 F to 104 F. LOCAL ATTRACTIONS: Walking tours are a favorite attraction in Canberra as they allow visitors to explore historical sites such as the Old Parliament House, the National Museum of Australia, the Telstra Tower and various war memorials.

2011 RESULTS MEN 1 Tim Reed (AUS) 2 Matt Bailey (AUS) 3 Joshua Maeder (AUS)

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4:24:41 4:30:24 4:39:55

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