Panama City will host 2012 Ironman Triathlon

Panama City will host an Ironman Triathlon on February 12, 2012.  Organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).  These grueling competitions are famous for their television coverage.  This first-ever event for Panama will be a 70.3 mile half triathlon.  Racers and spectators will see a lot of what Panama City is about through the event.

Athletes will swim 1.2 miles (1.9 km) in the Pacific Ocean at the entrance to the Panama Canal then bike 56 miles (90 km), crossing the Bridge of the Americas en route to the Inter American Highway.  The 13.1 mile (21km) double-loop running course will take athletes along the Amador Causeay.  “We are thrilled to launch the Latin American Pro Championship race with Ironman 70.3 Panama@, said Steve Meckfessel, chief operations officer for WTC.  “Panama provides breathtaking natural and historic beauty, high profile race routes and easy accessibility from the U.S. and major international markets.  Ironman 70.3 Panama will complement our existing events in the region, including 70.3 races in Miami, San Juan, Cancun and St. Croix.”

From the The Visitor, 2011

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