The Ironman heats up

With a prize pool of $75,000 for the professional triathletes, the second Ironman 70.3 Panama is scheduled for Sunday, February 3. Some 765 athletes from 35 countries around the world will compete to earn one of the 40 positions available for the 70.3 World Championship in Henderson, Las Vegas, to take place on September 8 this year.

Figures like Bevan Docherty from New Zealand and the Canadian Angela Naeth confirmed their participation and come to defend the titles they earned in February last year in the 1.9 km swim, 90 km bike and 21.1 km run.

Professional triathletes such as Andy Potts, the Argentinian Oscar Galíndez, Chris Lieto, Kelly Williamson and Alessandro Pegaspeu have also announced that they will be competing.

Panama awaits the performance by their athletes Fernando Fishi Alfaro and Pedro Cordovez, who were ranked 1-2 among the amateur triathletes. In addition, figures like Cristina Mata, Gaby Aued and Carolina Dementiev, among others, will also be present. 

According to Arturo Díaz and Alejandro Velázquez, the event organizers, BNSports representatives and liaisons to the Ironman organization, the activities will begin on Friday, February 1 with the official registration of the athletes in the Ironman villa.

In addition, an official expo will be held on both Friday and Saturday, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., for athletes and fans to purchase sweatshirts, hats, glasses, and other memorabilia. 

COMPETITION

On Sunday, February 3, the main entrance to Amador will be blocked from 6:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., for the safety of the competitors

The sporting activities will start at 6:40 a.m. with the singing of the national anthems. At 6:50 a.m. the first heat of professionals will take off from the Amador marina dock and swim 1.9 km along the banks of the Panama Canal.

From there they will bike 90 km, heading westward from Amador, crossing the Bridge of the Americas and following the Pan American highway until reaching the turn-around point at La Chorrera, from where they will return to the Coastal Strip and arrive back at the starting line.

The 21.1-km foot race will be two laps along the entire Amador Causeway, ending at Figali Plaza.

According to Díaz, these types of events don't usually change the course, since “each triathlete who has already done the race hopes to drop their time on the exact same route.”