Once again Ironman Triathlon fever will hit Pucón in just a few more weeks. Sunday 14 January is the scheduled date for “the most beautiful race on earth”! The streets of the city will be cordoned off and the sidewalks lined with spectators who arrive early to marvel at the physical stamina and tenacious determination of the participants of the famous Ironman triathlon.
Held as part of an internationally renowned series of triathlons, this world-famous swim-cycle-run combo challenge leads the winners a step closer to the Ironman World final which, in 2018, will be held in Hawaii. Two dozen countries host qualifying rounds including around 130.000 competitors, all hoping to get through to that ultimate world final where they will have a stab at lifting the world title.
2016 saw the Mapuche community of Curarrehue incorporated into the 90-kilometer cycle route for the first time. This cycle route remains the same for 2018. The transition zones that were incorporated in 2017 will also be available this year too. Designed to make the competition friendlier to the local environment as well as offering competitors tidier and easier transitions between the three sporting elements included in the competition.
With returning champions already registered for the competition, it is once again set to be a fiery race with a close finish no doubt. Here is more detail of how the route looks for 2018...
Swim: The 1900m swim in Villarrica Lake is a point-to-point "M" shaped course where athletes will be required to exit and re-enter the water to complete the second half of the swim.
Bike 1: The single out-and-back 90 km bike course is between O'Higgins and Curarrehue. Entrance is by the new transition by Ansorena. The first part of the course will have athletes riding in town before heading out towards the rural roads.
Bike 2: The single out-and-back 90 km bike course is between O'Higgins and Curarrehue. Entrance to the transition area is by Ansorena.
Run: The challenging 21 km run consists of three (3) loops of 7 km's.
As ever, for the more sedate among us, we suggest you arrive early as the front row track side seats in cafés and restaurants fill up fast. It is both perfectly viable, not to mention acceptable!, to install yourself at a table with a view of the race track where you can have breakfast, coffee and cake, lunch and afternoon snacks with beer until late. Even just watching the exertion is exhausting!
So, if you haven’t already confirmed your accommodation, Lake Lodge calls all participants to consider the tranquility and comfort of our rooms and apartments. Just perfect for nurturing aching muscles post-race!