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Looking for a fun & challenging triathlon in 2011: Ironman isn’t the only game in town

Posted Jan 04 2011 11:03am

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Santa made his list, checked it twice and made his deliveries here in Kansas City. Now triathletes around the world are clamoring to make their list and sign up for early bird pricing for the 2011 race season.

Many triathletes will be looking to challenge themselves with the current ultimate test of endurance, the Ironman race distance. Swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 and running 26.2 miles is on many triathletes’ Christmas lists. If they didn’t plan ahead and sign up a year ago, then nearly all of the WTC branded Ironman races (the same group that brings us the Ironman Kansas 70.3 Race) are filled up and only foundation slots remain at a steep price.

WTC attempted to alleviate some of the sign-up issues with the Ironman Access program. That was a bust.

What’s a crazy dedicated triathlete to do to get their fix of 140.6 miles?

WTC isn’t the only organizer that puts on a race of 140.6 miles.

Just some of the alternatives are the Rev3 Race series, Redman Triathlon in Oklahoma City, Silverman and ChesapeakeMan. Each of these races has solid history and offers a solid experience in their own right. They are not the Ironman experience, but you won’t have to pay Ironman prices and more importantly you won’t have to show up the year before to guarantee a spot in the race.

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Ray Maker at DC Rainmaker compared the experience of Ironman vs. the Ironman distance races. Without a doubt you will experience a drastic difference in the process from start to finish, but what are you really looking for? Are you looking for the hoopla, the experience of 140.6 miles or the Ironman culture? “So and So, YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!” If you want to hear that, you have to race an Ironman branded race.

You have to ask yourself, “what do you want out of the experience”, before you venture out to race an Ironman branded event or not. When you are looking for somewhere to swim, bike and run 140.6 miles, don’t limit yourself to the “standard”.

Ryann Ryan Falkenrath writes the blog , and is a married father of two, owner of three dogs and trying to balance life, work and multisport. Ryan has participated in multisport events since 2001.  Ryan is also the Kansas Endurance Sports Examiner and you can read more of his triathlon thoughs HERE .  Contact Ryan at: or follow him on @TriJayhawkRyan

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