Ford Ironman Arizona 2008 – Tempe, Arizona

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The Ironman Triathalon will be in Tempe this weekend, so if you’d like to get out and watch this exciting (and grueling) event, you’ll want to know a few details.

DATE: November 23, 2008

START: 6:45 a.m. with staggered age starting 15 minutes later

LOCATION: City of Tempe, Tempe Beach Park will serve as the ‘race hub’


  • 2.4-mile swim – one loop of Tempe Town Lake starting to east of Mill Avenue Bridge heading east to Rural Road and back to Tempe Beach Park west of Mill Avenue Bridge
  • 112-mile bike – starts at Tempe Beach Park and proceeds out Beeline Highway to Shea Boulevard, before turning around and returning to Mill Avenue.  This loop is completed three times.
  • 26.2-mile run – starts at Tempe Beach Park and proceeds in and around the lake on and between Priest Drive and Rural Road.  Three loops here too.

CUTOFF TIMES: Swim Cutoff: 9:20 a.m., Bike Cutoff: 5:30 p.m., Run Cutoff: Midnight

ATHLETES: Roughly 2,100 athletes from 30 countries and 47 states as of press time

AT STAKE: 80 qualifying spots to the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii as well as a $75,000 pro prize purse

ROAD CLOSURES: Rio Salado Parkway, Mill Avenue Bridge, plus lanes of quite a few other roads in Tempe and Scottsdale, and limited access to Beeline Highway -check the Spectator Guide out for the more details.  If do need to get to Tempe on Sunday, the recommended access routes are Priest Drive, the 101, the 202, or University Avenue.

Did you know that the first Ironman Triathalon was first conceived by a group of Navy Seal in 1978, to determine who was most fit? 

Some of the heroes.  Amazing.

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