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IRONMAN 70.3 Florida Set to Welcome 2500 Triathletes to Polk County Event

IRONMAN 70.3 Florida, Family Activities Highlight the Three Day Event Centered Around Haines City’s Lake Eva Park in Central Florida

Haines City, FL (April 30, 2013) – Competitors from 41 States and from countries as far away as Germany and Argentina will descend on Polk County to test their athletic abilities, stamina and competitive drive this Sunday on the 70.3 mile swimming, running and cycling course.

While the more than 200 adult athletes will be focused on the competition and the challenge provided by the course, area residents will be able to take in the IRONMAN experience on a much more leisurely pace. Lake Eva Park in Haines City will host three full days of activities that will appeal to the entire family, May 17-19.

Beginning on Friday, May 17 the IRONMAN Village and the Lake Eva Park Bandshell will serve as the hub of all activities during IRONMAN weekend. The Bandshell area will be host to athlete check-in and the adjacent IRONMAN Village will serve as perfect gathering and meeting place for spectators. The IRONMAN Village will feature exhibitor booths, a demo day area, the IRONMAN Store and many other product and service displays.

Competition gets underway on Saturday morning as more than 500 IRONKIDS triathletes line up at the starting line for a 7 a.m. start. Youth ages 6-15 will take center stage as they tackle a shortened version of the adult course.

Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 Florida competition begins at 6:30 a.m. with the 1.2 mile swim in Lake Eva. Upon completion of the swim competitors will then embark on the 56 mile bicycle route through eastern Polk County and then complete the competition on the 13.1 mile running course utilizing the roads around Lake Eva. The event will conclude with the awards ceremony at the Lake Eva Park Bandshell at 4 p.m.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Friday 5/17
Noon – 7 p.m. – IRONMAN Village & Official IRONMAN Store Open
Noon – 7 p.m. – Athlete check-in
Noon – 7 p.m. – Information booth open
4 p.m. – Athlete briefing

Saturday 5/18
7 a.m. – IronKids Race Starts
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. IRONMAN Village & Official IRONMAN Store Open
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Information booth open
11 a.m., 1 p.m. & 4 p.m. – Athlete briefing
5 p.m. – Pro athlete panel

Sunday 5/19
5 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Information booth open
6:30 a.m. – IRONMAN 70.3 Florida Race Start
7 a.m. – 3 p.m. – IRONMAN Village & Official IRONMAN Store Open
4 p.m. – Awards Ceremony

For more information go to centralfloridasports.com or to IRONMAN.com.

For media credentials please contact Al Snow via phone at 863-551-4718 or via email at al@centralfloridasports.com.

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