The 2019 Dignity Health Medical Group IRONMAN Arizona triathlon saw more than 2,600 athletes representing 46 countries, regions and territories and all 50 US states start the race. The event took place on Sunday, November 24 and competitors ranged in age from 18-82 years old.
One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the event leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run throughout Tempe and its surrounding areas.
The inaugural event was held in 2005 and has since been the site of personal records for IRONMAN triathletes all over the world. Professional triathlete Lionel Sanders set an IRONMAN world best on the Arizona course back in 2016 and it continues to deliver personal records each year.
‘Arizona delivers a flat, fast, and spectator-friendly course that brings urban charms and desert vistas together.’
At this year’s event, Athletes began their day with a single-loop ROKA sponsored swim in Tempe Town Lake. Once out of the water, participants embarked upon a three-loop Ventum sponsored bike course through the Sonoran Desert. The two-loop HOKA ONE ONE sponsored run course travelled around Tempe Town Lake and through Papago Park before a finish back at W Rio Salado Parkway outside Tempe Beach Park.
The event offered a total professional prize purse of US$50,000 and 40 age-group qualifying slots to the 2020 IRONMAN World Championship, in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
Coinciding with the race, a number of activities took place over the weekend including:
The Kona After Party – a red-carpet celebration of the 2019 Vega IRONMAN World Championship – presented by Bicycle World Texas on Friday, November 22;
The second annual Saguaro Sprint, which offered athletes a warm up race and first-timers an introduction to the sport on Saturday, November 23; and
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