The Ironman race begins with a 3.8 kilometre swim in the calm, warm waters (between 22°C and 24°C) of the Langener Waldsee. Then, athletes get on their bikes and ride 180 kilometres through the skyscrapers in the business district of Frankfurt out to the nearby valleys with their small bucolic villages. The marathon section of the race ends with four very fast laps before a crowd of thousands of spectators gathered downtown along the promenade that borders the river. Featuring more than 2,000 triathletes representing 40 nations, this competition has been won by great champions like Peter Reid and Normann Stadler.
The Ironman European Championship
Frankfurt am Main
3 July 2016
Starts at 6:45 a.m.