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IRONMAN

An IRONMAN Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation, consisting of:

– a 3.86 Km swim
– a 180.25 Km bicycle
– a 42.20 Km marathon run

raced in that order and without a break. 
It is considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the World.

Most Ironman events have a limited time of 16 or 17 hours to complete the race, course dependent. 
The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m:
– the mandatory swim cut off is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes)
– the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes)
– the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). 

Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon within these time constraints is designated an IRONMAN.

IRONMAN IN ITALY

The adventure will start in the calm waters of Romagna, where athletes will take on the first 3.8 Km of the swim course. They will pass through the Natural Park of Salt Pens of Cervia, the natural habitat of pink flamingos, and cycle for 180 Km surrounded by history and nature. Finally, the marathon will take them through Cervia and Milano Maritime’s most prominent landmarks, leading all athletes to the finish line to become Italy’s IRONMAN finishers.

More info and details:
http://m.eu.ironman.com/triathlon/events/emea/ironman/emilia-romagna.aspx