Date(s) - 11/03/2018
Race Website: Ironman Florida
9600 South Thomas Dr
Panama City Beach, Florida 32408
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The two loop swim takes place in the Gulf of Mexico. Athletes will have a short beach run between laps. Strong currents, riptides, and occasional marine life are possible; a universal flag system is used locally. Tinted goggles are recommended to block out the rising sun, the course is in a counter clockwise rotation. Water temperatures are typically in the low 70 degree F range making it wet suit legal.
IRONMAN Florida will feature a “Rolling Start” based on self- seeding. Athletes will self-seed into swim start corrals based upon their estimated swim finish time. Additionally there are intermediate cutoff times in place. Each athlete will be allotted 1 hour 10 minutes to complete the first loop and 2 hours 20 minutes to complete the entire course. Although you may be permitted to continue in the event, if you exceed these time limits you will be considered a DNF at the end of the day. Self-seeding will be based on your individual abilities according to your expected finish time. Swimming with like ability athletes will benefit you so you won’t be overtaken by stronger swimmers.
Athletes’ official race time will start at the water’s edge when they enter the water. All athletes will have the traditional 17 hours to complete the entire event (subject to intermediate cutoff times throughout the event).
The one-lap course is flat and fast. The highest point on the course is only 161 feet above sea level, and the wind tends to be light. Expect a fast bike split, and be prepared to stay in your aerobars.
This is one of the flattest runs on the IRONMAN circuit. Spectators fill the roads on the two-loop course, which parallels the shoreline through local neighborhoods to the turnaround in St. Andrews State Park. The sun sets early this time of year, so you may want to toss a long-sleeve shirt into your special needs bag.