World's largest Half-Ironman begins on Sunday morning

Sunday marks the start of the fifth annual intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta competition, the largest Half-Ironman event in the world. The popular competition sold out in June. Here’s what you need to know about the event:

 

 

WHAT

Almost 3,500 participants will compete in the intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta. The event begins with a 1.2-mile swim in the Savannah River. Competitors then embark upon a 56-mile bike ride, which consists of a big loop into South Carolina and back to The Boathouse. Then, athletes will finish with a 13.1-mile run in downtown Augusta. Competitors will cross the finish line at the Augusta Common.

 

WHEN

7:30 this morning. The elite competitors will likely finish just after 11. Last year, champion Maxim Kriat, of the Ukraine, clocked in at 3 hours, 49 minutes and 14 seconds.

 

WHERE TO WATCH

• Spectators can find viewing spots along the Savannah River to cheer on the competitors for the swim.

• Fans can stake out a spot along Broad Street to watch entrants begin their bike ride into South Carolina before circling back to the transition area at The Boathouse.

• Spectators can find a spot near Augusta Common as triathletes finish the race. The first competitor is expected to cross the finish line on Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets about 11 a.m.

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