Valencia will have a half 'Ironman'

Triathlon is in fashion and this is demonstrated by the good health of a sport that grows every day in number of federated and that in its last edition held in Valencia two weeks ago brought together more than 2.200 participants in its different categories.

But not happy with the success, from the Valencian Triathlon Federation, the Valencia City Council and the Trisense company, finalize the details to present next week what will be the first long-distance triathlon to be held in the city and the third in the Valencian Community, with which they hope to bring together on March 3, 2012 a thousand athletes and some of the best specialists in this modality.

Valencia, thanks to the benefits of its climate, will thus open the European long-distance testing season with a triathlon whose distance is the equivalent of a half 'Ironman'. Specifically, 1,9 km of swimming, 90 km of cycling and another 21 km of running (a half marathon) for a spectacular route, part of which will pass through the same stage as the Valencia Triathlon, especially the segment of swimming.


The organizers have the project quite advanced, in the absence of closing the last permits with the different locations that the cycling event that will enter the Albufera natural park will pass through. It will surround the lake among the rice fields, following part of the Sueca long-distance duathlon circuit. Once the last fringes have been tied, the registrations will open on October 1, as is the intention of the Valencian Federation to take advantage of the pull of the last test held in September and give athletes time to start their preparation during the autumn and winter. It is also working together with the Spanish Federation so that the test is qualifying for the Spanish long distance Championship.

Although the itineraries of the three segments are still open to possible modifications, the scenarios will not change. The Royal Navy Juan Carlos I will witness the swimming test. The swimmers will make a complete lap starting and finishing next to the port clock building, passing next to the Formula 1 mobile bridge. The first transition will take place in the port shed, to catch the bike and, along the Saler road get to Sueca passing through El Palmar and El Perellonet, before returning to Valencia crossing the terms of Sollana, Silla, Beniparrell, Albal, Catarroja and Alfafar.

The cyclists will return to the city through the South Boulevard and will make the second transition in the extension of the Alameda in front of the Oceanogràfic. The last segment on foot will begin there, which in principle would consist of three laps of a circuit through the Turia Garden between the City of Sciences, the Palau de la Música and the Puente de las Flores, although it is not ruled out to go up further the channel and decrease the number of turns.

In this way, Valencia joins Canet d'en Berenguer and Elx, the other two towns in the Valencian Community that hold long-distance events. That of Canet, whose second edition will take place on October 2, tries to consolidate itself as has done that of Elx, which will be eight years old on April 22, 2012 and which came to host the Spanish championship in 2008.

Much more demanding than the Olympic or shorter distance triathlon, this new test is another step for those triathletes who want to get closer to the mythical 'Ironman'. It requires an excellent physical shape and wetsuit to jump into the water in the middle of winter.


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