Ironman Wales is a holiday that is an endurance competition, on September 11 every year. Every year, it is visited by about two thousand people who want to test their body. Tough competitions are held against the backdrop of amazingly beautiful Welsh landscapes – green hills, fast rivers, and forests.
On September 25, 1974, the Mission Bay triathlon was held in San Diego, in which the Collins family took part. The following year, they moved to Hawaii, where the idea was born to hold a one-day endurance event called the Ironman. The tournament was held in Hawaii, Alaska, Norway, and other countries with suitable conditions.
Every year there were more and more applicants, and in September 2016, in the town of Tenby (Pembrokeshire, Wales), the first official Ironman Wales tournament was organized. Since then, the event has become very popular, and hundreds of athletes from all over the world attempt to pass this test. The event includes a swim in the bay, a bike ride, and a marathon.
- The event consists of three stages: a 2,4-mile swim in Carmarthen Bay, a 112-mile bike ride around the coast, and a city run dotted with picturesque medieval buildings and many attractions.
- All safety rules are observed at the tournament: ambulance teams are constantly on duty nearby, as athletes put their bodies under tremendous stress. Medical assistance may be needed at any time.
How to take part
For this holiday, you need to go to Wales. If you plan on becoming a participant in this tournament, you must fill out an application and undergo a medical examination to be sure that your body is ready for testing.
On this day, you can also just visit the town and enjoy the local atmosphere. In addition to the heated competition, Tenby will surprise you with its architecture and beautiful Welsh landscapes.
When is Ironman Wales celebrated in 2023?
Ironman Wales is observed on September 11 each year.