From The Evening Echo.
THE Ironman event in Youghal next summer has sold out.
The event on June 23 will see 2,650 athletes take to the start line, making it the largest ever field for any triathlon in Ireland.
Athletes from 62 different countries will compete in Ireland’s first ever Ironman race, with 55% of all participants descending on the Emerald Isle from overseas. What’s more, the field will feature the highest contingent of US athletes for any 2019 Ironman European race thus far, with 21% coming from across the Atlantic.
Athletes will also be coming from countries such as Spain, Germany, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Barbados, giving the race a truly international feel.
The race will get underway with a 3.8km (2.4-mile) swim with a rolling start from the golden and sandy Claycastle beach in Youghal Bay, with a two-lap 180km (112-mile) bike course lying in wait. Beginning in the centre of Youghal town, athletes will take on the challenge of climbing up the famous Windmill Hill twice, which undoubtedly will also become a spectator hotspot.
The athletes will then encounter a combination of flat country roads and undulating coastal roads with magnificent sea views of Youghal Bay, Ballycotton Island and Cork Harbour. This breathtaking course goes around County Cork, into the town of Midleton (home to the famous Jameson Distillery) and will rise to a maximum elevation of 190m above the town before a technical drop back into Youghal.
After tackling the bike course, the participants will embark on the 42km (26.2-mile) run course, the highlight of this new event. This will be a flat four-lap run course through the centre of the historic town of Youghal, taking in Youghal Harbour and the famous Clock Gate Tower.
Athletes will run under the arch of the Clock Gate Tower in the centre of town during each lap before finally running under the iconic IRONMAN finishing arch at Green Park.
“Ironman Ireland gives the opportunity to promote not just East Cork but all that Cork has to offer,” said Cllr Patrick Gerard Murphy, Mayor of the County of Cork.
“It will showcase all that is great about Cork, our beautiful beaches, historic towns and world-renowned hospitality to a worldwide audience. But it will also be an example of our unique community spirit.”
“Cork County Council is particularly proud to join forces with Ironman and bring Ireland’s first full Ironman to Ireland and to Cork” said Tim Lucey, CEO of Cork County Council.
“This has been one of their fastest selling events with global appeal. We will welcome competitors from all over the world bringing an estimated €8 million economic boost to the local economy.”