The race route runs past very significant sites in Panama City. These visiting athletes will generate from 10,000 to 12,000 hotel nights. Experts calculate that each participant will be accompanied by an average of 3.5 people and stay 6 nights in Panama.
The impact to the economy will reach between U.S. $5 and $7 million dollars in revenue, factoring in visitor spending on lodging, shopping, transportation, and restaurants. Hotels are expected to have high occupancy levels. The event venue is the RIU hotel, but many other hotels have rooms reserved.
This extreme-distance race will include a 1,900-meter swim in the waters of the Panama Canal, right in front of the Balboa Yacht Club. Competitors will come out of the water very close to Frank Gehry's Biomuseo and mount their bicycles for a 4-lap circuit totaling 90 kilometers that runs along Martyrs Avenue, Balboa Avenue, and the Coastal Strip.
Roads will be blocked for much of the race. The last stage of the race is a 21-km run. This race is famous for its total number of miles: 70.3 (113 kilometers). Ironman 70.3 is a franchise that holds events in the 50 most famous cities of the world, and the one that takes place in Panama is considered the Latin American Ironman Championship.