One of the most recognizable IRONMAN events in North America, IRONMAN Wisconsin, located in downtown Madison, is now in its 11th year. The race also serves as the first qualifier races for 2013 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i. In just two weeks IRONDames Kathy Eaton and Margaret Dorio will be on site in Madison to tackle this exciting and challenging race.
Race director, Ryan Richards comments, “IRONMAN Wisconsin has proven over time to be a very challenging race. The atmosphere surrounding the event and all the spectators bring out the best in the athletes and produce great results within the divisions.”
Approximately 2,900 athletes are anticipated to cross the finish line but only 50 of those will earn a chance to compete in the World Championships, so it’s sure to be an intense day on the course for athletes vying for one of those coveted spots.
At the start of the race, Kathy and Margaret will begin a one loop, 2.4-mile swim in Lake Monona, a freshwater drainage lake located in downtown Madison. Water temperatures typically hover around 74 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit. Spectators have a panoramic view of the swim from the Monona Terrace, a structure running parallel to the lake shore. Following the swim, the two IRONDames take on the 112-mile, two-loop bike ride through the unforgiving serpentine hills of Dane County. Testing both mental and physical endurance, the end of the bike journey will then lead into the start of the 26.2-mile run course. There, Kathy and Margaret will run two loops through downtown Madison, the University of Wisconsin campus, Camp Randal Stadium, and the scenic path alongside Lake Mendota before the run comes to an astonishing finish in front of the Wisconsin state capitol, in the heart of Madison.