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Ironman Pucón Triathlon time again!

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It is almost triathlon time again in Pucón! In just over two weeks the streets of the city will be cordoned off and the sidewalks lined with spectators who arrive early to marvel at the physical stamina and tenacious determination of the participants of the famous Ironman triathlon.

Held as part of an internationally renowned series of triatlons, the Pucón competition has been named "the most beautiful race on earth" by several independent sporting magazines. This world famous swim-cycle-run combo challenge leads the winners a step closer to the Ironman World final which, in 2017, will be held in Hawaii. Two dozen countries host qualifying rounds including around 130.000 competitors, all hoping to get through to that ultimate world final where they will have a stab at lifting the world title.

Ironman Pucón 2017

start swim Ironman Pucón

2016 saw the Mapuche community of Curarrehue incorporated into the 90 kilometer cycle route for the first time. This cycle route remains the same for 2017. This year the major addition is the inclusion of designated "transition zones". These are specific areas where equipment and bikes are picked up and dropped off during the changes from swim to cycle and from cycle to run. They are designed to make the competition friendlier to the local environment as well as offering competitors tidier and easier transitions between the three sporting elements included in the competition.

With returning champions already registered for the competition, it is once again set to be a fiery race with a close finish no doubt. Here is more detail of how the route looks for 2017...

Swim: The 1900m swim in Villarrica Lake is a point-to-point "M" shaped course where athletes will be required to exit and re-enter the water to complete the second half of the swim.

swim route
Bike 1: The single out-and-back 90 km bike course is between O'Higgins and Curarrehue. Entrance is by the new transition by Ansorena. The first part of the course will have athletes riding in town before heading out towards the rural roads.

b bike course 1

Bike 2: The single out-and-back 90 km bike course is between O'Higgins and Curarrehue. Entrance to the transition area is by Ansorena.

c bike course 2

Run: The challenging 21 km run consists of three (3) loops of 7 km's.

d run course

For further information click here.

As ever, for the more sedate among us, we suggest you arrive early as the front row track side seats in cafés and restaurants fill up fast. It is both perfectly viable, not to mention acceptable!, to install yourself at a table with a view of the race track where you can have breakfast, coffee and cake, lunch and afternoon snacks with beer until late. Even just watching the exertion is exhausting!

end swim Ironman Pucón

If you indulged yourself with zero extertion on Ironman race day we do challenge you to experience a little of your own extreme adventure by allowing Sol y Nieve to help you organize some slightly less challenging, but still adrenaline pumping experiences, for your stay such as the Villarrica volcano hike, horseriding or white water river rafting.

Contact the main office here for further information or click on the links above to get the low down on the options. Happy planning and good luck to all the brave Ironman participants Ironman 2017!

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