Distances in this event
- Triathlon: Swim 3.8km, Bike 177km, Run 42.2km
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The home of the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship, this city breathes history and culture at every turn.
The Mainova IRONMAN European Championship course in Frankfurt is one of the most spectator-dense bike courses on the IRONMAN race circuit. It also boasts one of the most historical finish lines in the sport, ending in the heart of the old city. Visitors to the area can enjoy visting historical places such as the Rmer, Paulskirche (Church), Frankfurt Zoological Garden, Goethe Museum, the old Opera House, several museums, and Alt Sachsenhausen.
Athletes begin their day with a 3.8 km swim course in the quiet waters of the Langener Waldsee. The two-loop course has a short run between the laps. The water temperature is usually between 22C and 24C. The two-loop bike course guides athletes through the middle of Frankfurt, and into surrounding small villages. The course, which is closed to traffic, is hilly and challenging, mixed with some flat sections. Thousands of spectators come out to cheer for the athletes over the 180 km bike course. The 42 km flat run course consists of four fast laps, which allow athlete to reach their best marathon times. The run course is lined with thousands of spectators who gather along the promenande next to the river.
Just a few days before the best triathletes in the world fight for the Mainova IRONMAN European Championship some more great events occur. On Thursday the stage on Mainkai belongs to the IRONKIDS. Kids and teens from Frankfurt and all over the world come together and collect money for a good cause by running laps in the Mainkai-Arena. On Thursday night, the NightRun, presented by Helaba, is a 5k relay run for amateur athletes.
Mainova IRONMAN European Championship Frankfurt offers 80 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI.
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