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Ironman 70.3 profile

By Ryan Wong

Recap on Ironman 70.3 Japan

As compare to running, triathlon in Japan is far less popular. Having said that, Ironman Japan 70.3 (1.9km swim + 90km bike + 21.1km run) is at its 10th anniversary. This race basically is a tour from Chita to Handa finishing in Tokoname. Athletes checks in at the Chubu Centrair Airport (NGO) where the expo and race briefing also take place. The logistics of this race is complicated, please pay attention to the details if you decide to sign up. In particular, international athletes are highly recommended to stay in the airport area and attend all events prior (and after) to the race.

The swim is a single-loop swim at the beach in Shinmaiko Marine Park ( 新舞子マリンパーク). Water temperature usually around 20 degrees therefore likely be wetsuit-legal. It’s a wave start according to age group which makes it easier to navigate or follow people. Also, Japanese people are quite courteous so the swim can be done quite easily.
 
The technical bike course takes place at the industrial area in Chita City with numerous twists and turns. On the race day, it is pouring which makes it even harder to ride. It was flat in the first 70km with some small hills in last 20km. You get to see some farming fields in the last part of the ride. After you completed the bike leg, you rack the bike at Handa Play Field (半田運動公園) and get changed to run the half marathon.
The half marathon probably the best part of this race. It runs through some small villages and residential area from Handa City to Tokoname City. You will get to see small alleys, rural area and seasides along the journey. The rain today makes running much easier than a hot sunny day. The road is not flat but aid stations (every 3-4km) and the local people will support and cheer you to the finish in Tokoname to claim your finisher medal. The race announcer will call out your name and nation as you pass the finish.
 
As for most races in Japan, you get some recovery foods and drink after the race. AEON Mall is also within 10 minutes walk from the finish so plenty restaurants to eat. Shuttle bus is available to the airport where you also pickup your bike. After all, this race may not for everyone but I did enjoy it. You may consider this race If you are looking for different experience. Thanks for your time and I hope you like it. 

Hong Kong

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