Its three-loop course makes it one of the best races on the 70.3 circuit for spectators, who have multiple chances to cheer on their loved ones, all while enjoying two playgrounds, water slides, a kiddie pool, food vendors and IRONMAN village.
For athletes, IRONMAN 70.3 Florida is a popular early-season race, whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned pro getting your legs ready for the year ahead. Expect a beach start, glassy freshwater lake swim, moderately hilly bike course past orange groves and through downtown, and an energetic three-loop run. The swim course, in particular, receives rave reviews from athletes.
The sunny event is a regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race, attracting clubs from all over the state with its podium ceremony, pre-race barbecue, and tent city celebration. And for pint-sized athletes, an IRONKIDS race takes place the day before the main event. IRONMAN 70.3 Florida is also a Regional IRONMAN TriClub Championship race. In addition to club "members only" special on site events, athletes who are a members of a TriClub or Team, earn bonus points for their club towards the prestigious IRONMAN TriClub Annual Podium Award.
The swim start is located on a white sand beach next to the Lake Eva Park. It will be an age group wave start (wave start times will be posted at Athlete Check-In). The water is expected to be 80 degrees F on race day, so do not expect to wear a wetsuit.
The bike course will travel through eastern Polk County on rural roads. Aid Stations will be at 18 miles, 30 miles and 42 miles. It is an open course with local traffic sharing the roadway, please stay alert. Polk County support and race volunteers will be located on the bike course to help keep you safe. You will travel through residential and country roads passing orange groves, lakes and golf courses. Keep your head up as the course is very fast with only a few gently rolling hills. You will bring your bike back to the same bike rack in the transition.
The 13.1-mile run is a 3-loop course that will take place on paved trails and roads around Lake Eva. Aid stations will be located approximately every mile. Spectators and family members will be able to see athletes on each loop of the course as they pass the transition area at Lake Eva Park. The finish line will be right next to the Bandshell at Lake Eva Park.