Sports & Recreation

Ironman hits the coast

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Wednesday, June 27, 2018
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IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire is Ireland’s biggest triathlon in 2018 attracting athletes from all over Ireland and around the globe.

This famous race is not for the faint hearted, which features a 1.9km swim from Sandycove, home to the famous Martello Tower, in the clear waters of the Irish Sea in Dublin Bay, before bringing athletes on a spectacular and challenging 90.1km bike course, travelling through some of the most scenic areas in our county. En route, participants will take in stunning coastal views and weaving their way through the streets of Dún Laoghaire for the 21.1km run, ultimately finishing at the famous Harbour.


IRONMAN started in 1978 on the island of Hawaii as a debate between navy seals. The debate was about which athlete was the fittest: the swimmer, the cyclist or the runner. It was then decided that the only way to truly find out was to combine all three disciplines and complete them consecutively. On 18 February of that year, 15 people set out to complete a race in Hawaii thought to be impossible. Naval Commander, John Collins then famously said: “Whoever finishes, they will be called an IRONMAN.”

Their dream created a community that believes ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. Four decades later, hundreds of thousands of athletes fulfil these dreams at finish lines all over the world. This year the event celebrates its 40th anniversary and from this initial one race, the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 series has spawned 154 races internationally.

IRONMAN is more than a sport, it's a global movement that transcends geographic and cultural boundaries. It doesn’t matter where you have raced, it doesn’t matter what your time was. Once you cross that start line, you join a family of hundreds of thousands of people from around the world, bound together by a single determination.  You don't have to be an elite athlete either, as thousands of ordinary people join together for the competition. One takes on the swim, one the cycle and one the run. It’s a competition for everyone.

Entries for IRONMAN 70.3 Dún Laoghaire are open, but be quick as there are only a few hundred places remaining. For more details and entry details, head to the event website www.ironman.com/dunlaoghaire70.3.