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Date: November 4, 2023
Featuring crystal clear water. Athletes will begin their journey in the Gulf of Mexico for this two-loop swim around the Russel-Fields Pier. Athletes will have a short beach run between laps.
Strong currents, riptides, and occasional marine life are possible; a universal flag system is used locally. The swim course is in a clockwise direction and water temperatures are typically in the low 70-degree Fahrenheit range, making it wet suit legal.
Once the swim is complete, athletes run up the beach and under a freshwater shower before entering transition.
The one-loop course is known to be flat and fast as it traverses the intercoastal waterways into Pine Log State Forest, but don’t be surprised to encounter some rolling hills.
As the day progresses light winds will challenge you on your return to transition. Expect a fast bike split and be prepared to stay in your aerobars, as that’s where you will stay for the majority of the ride.
The 26.2-mile, two-loop course traverses the coast and features scenic views and vibrant cheering sections. It’s one of the flattest run courses on the IRONMAN circuit. It is filled with breathtaking views of the emerald coast waters along the shoreline, and capped in dramatic fashion with huge crowds at the spectator-friendly finish line in Pier Park.
Where to start
The IRONMAN Florida Village is the center of the event weekend, serving as the location for Athlete Check-In. Athlete Briefings, and the IRONMAN Merchandise Store. Always free and open to the public, all IRONMAN events will have a village preceding race day.
The village offers a great opportunity for athletes and the public to interact with official IRONMAN Partners and Vendors, and to pick up final race day essentials.
IRONMAN Village Location
Aaron Bessant Park
500 W Park Dr.
Panama City, FL 32413