The WTC Ironman Triathlon March schedule is pretty hectic with five Ironman races scheduled.
At the moment it’s a quiet time on the WTC front with Ironman 70.3 Panama the only race on the horizon for the next six weeks or so. It takes place on February 3rd and at the time of this writing was still open for registration.
What a race last year when Bevan Docherty ran down Lance Armstrong in the final kilometers of the run to take top spot. Have a look back and see how Ironman 70.3 Panama 2012 unfolded.
It will be interesting to see if Docherty will be back to defend his title.
March is going to be one wild month as far as Ironman races and there are still a few opportunities to enter if you feel ready to race.
IRONMAN NEW ZEALAND 2013
There is no doubting the popularity of Ironman New Zealand and once again it is sold out. The race is scheduled for March 2nd.
Hopefully things will go a lot smoother for athletes and organizers this year as Ironman New Zealand 2012 ran into pretty bad weather conditions and had to be shortened.
IRONMAN LOS CABOS 2013
This is an inaugural race and it’s always an exciting time for organizers and athletes alike. There is something special about being part of a new Ironman race. The race is scheduled for March 17 and there are still spots open.
The following is from the official WTC Los Cabos website.
Nearly 1,500 participants from more than 50 countries are expected for the inaugural event in 2013. Ironman Los Cabos offers a professional prize purse of $75,000 and 50 coveted age-group slots to the 2013 Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct. 12, 2013. Online registration will open on May 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. (ET).
For additional information about the race, or to register, please visit www.ironmanmexico.com. For media related inquiries, please contact Marifer Reyes email@example.com.
IRONMAN MELBOURNE 2013
It’s no surprise that Ironman Melbourne scheduled for March 24, 2013 is sold out.
It will attract a top pro field vying for a purse of US$125,000 and the 4000 KPR points as it is also the Asia-Pacific Ironman Championships.
There is also the very unique point-to-point marathon course that many Ironman athletes seem to enjoy.
Even more attractive is the 100 Ironman Hawaii qualifying spots available to age-group athletes. There are only four Ironman races all year that offer 100 qualifying spots.
Caroline Steffen and Craig Alexander were the winners of Ironman Melbourne 2012.
Alexander and Cameron Brown had quite a duel on the marathon course with Alexander posting a winning time of 7:54:44 to take the win. Brown just missed breaking the 8-hour mark as well.
IRONMAN 70.3 San Juan 2013
Iroman 70.3 San Juan will be joining Ironman Los Cabos as WTC races featured on March 17, 2013. There are still spots open at the time of this posting.
This will be the third edition of Ironman 70.3 San Juan and there are 40 qualifying spots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championships in the Fall.
Ironman 70.3 San Juan 2012 was won by Timothy O’donnell and featured a very tough field of pro men. Kelly Williamson took top spot for the pro women and Linsey Corbin was second.
IRONMAN 70.3 California 2013
This is the last Ironman event for March 2013 and takes place on March 30th and is a sold out field.
After 9/11 The city of Oceanside worked alongside Camp Pendleton to accommodate the race, going so far as to allow the one and only time of the year that anyone is allowed to swim in Oceanside Harbor.–from WTC official site.
There are 50 qualifying spots available for the 70.3 World Championships.
Ironman 70.3 California 2012 was won by Andy Potts and the first five finishers all finished under four hours.
Melanie Mcquaid of Canada took the title for the women. Heather Jackson was second and Meredith Kessler in third.