An unrivalled test of strength, character and mind-body excellence. The motto says it all: “Normal limits do not apply”.
Nowhere else is the awesome power of nature to create and to destroy more apparent than on Lanzarote. One of the seven Canary Islands belonging to Spain, Lanzarote is only 120 km from the West Coast of Africa. On this island that captivates visitors with its dramatic scenery, picturesque villages and unique style, probably one of the toughest races in the world is held every year.
Thanks to James Mitchell for the photography
The race is fully supported by the Canarian and Local Government. Club La Santa holds the license for the Ironman Lanzarote Spain and is the organizer of the race.
The 20th Ironman Lanzarote Spain will take place on Saturday, May 21st 2011 in Puerto del Carmen.
1500 athletes from all backgrounds and walks of life will complete their own personal challenge and test their endurance to complete the 20th Ironman Lanzarote Spain. Each participant must swim 3.8km, ride a grueling 180km bike course and finally run a full marathon of 42.2km to earn the privilege of being an Ironman Lanzarote Spain finisher.
The race attracts both pro and amateur athletes of all nationalities. The top 6 male and female finishers in the professional class are eligible for the prize money. The total prize money is 25.000 US$.
With 55 qualifying slotsto top age-group finishers for the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship in Hawaii, the Ironman Lanzarote race is the ideal opportunity to qualify for Hawaii in almost identical conditions to those you will experience in the Ford Ironman World Championship.
The Ironman Lanzarote Spain Triathlon is an official qualifying competition in Europe for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship on Hawaii.
Every athlete who wishes to participate in the Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Hawaii has to qualify, and this event awards 55 slots for the Championiship. The 55 slots are allocated to age groups according to the number of participants in each group, guaranteeing always at least one slot in each group.
The swim course takes place at Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen, the main tourist resort of the island. It is a two-lap-course with a short running passage between the two laps.
The course, renowned for challenging athletes with strong island winds, takes you all around the island with over 2551 m. of climbing. Participants will enjoy amazing views and will have lots of support from the volunteers along the way. The bike circuit will be open to traffic and circulation will be controlled by the police.
Estimated times of cyclists passing:
07.50 Bike Departure
09.00 El Golfo
11.00 Mirador de Haria
11.45 Mirador del Rio
12.30 Nazaret – towards Teguise again
12.45 Puerto del Carmen
Consisting of 3 laps, first one of 21.10km until Playa Honda and then two of 10.55km each, this course is run on the flat seafront along the Avenida de Las Playas, Puerto del Carmen. You will enjoy beautiful views of the ocean under the intense Lanzarote sun, while feeling the impressive support of thousands of spectators alongside the run course.