Reasons to Race IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta. We have a new bike course. With golf courses, spas and bathing in the southern California sun, the greater palm Springs areas is a one stop shop for your ideal race-cation. This is the final event of the North American race calendar, get ready for an unforgettable year-end finale.
COURSE - SWIM
The one loop swim takes place in the clear waters of Lake Cahuilla. This protected reservoir provides an ideal experience for first time athletes with a sandy beach start. The swim will feature a rolling start.
What kind of start does this race have?
IRONMAN 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta will feature a rolling start.
What is the expected water temperature?
The water temperature averages between 55 F to low 60s F in December at Lake Cahuilla. The average air temperature on race day is 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
What are the wetsuit restrictions?
Wetsuits cannot measure more than 5 mm thick.
Wetsuits are permitted if the water temperature is up to (and including) 76.1 degrees Fahrenheit (24.5 degrees Celsius) or colder.
Wetsuits will be prohibited in water temperatures greater than 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.8 degrees Celsius).
Athletes who choose to wear a wetsuit in water temperatures 76.2 degrees Farhrenheit (24.55 degrees Celsius) and up to 83.8 degrees Fahrenheit (28.77 degrees Celsius) will not be eligible for Age Group awards, including World Championship or Rolldown slots.
Full wetsuits are permitted (arms and legs covered).
The De Soto Water Rover and the Speedo Elite Triathlon Wetsuit with forearm flaps wetsuits are PROHIBITED.
Athletes should contact the wetsuit manufacturer directly to confirm whether their suit is legal.
Race Officials will be monitoring athletes on race morning to enforce wetsuit restrictions.
If wetsuits are prohibited, what are the swimwear restrictions?
Swimwear (Skinsuits/Speedsuits) must be 100% textile material, which is defined as materials consisting of natural and/or synthetic, individual and non-consolidated yarns used to constitute a fabric by weaving, knitting and/or braiding. Simply put, this would generally refer to suits made only from nylon or Lycra that do not have any rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene. Swimwear must not cover the neck, extend past the shoulder, nor extend past the knees. Swimwear may contain a zipper. A race kit may be worn underneath swimwear.
In the event of a non-wetsuit swim, am I allowed to wear my compression gear?
Yes, provided that it is made of 100% textile material (no rubberized material such as polyurethane or neoprene) and that material does not extend past the elbows or knees. Any compression wear that extends past the elbows or knees will not be permitted in non-wetsuit swims (this includes compression sleeves, compression socks, or compression tights).
Are snorkels permitted?
Beginning in 2017 snorkels will not be allowed under any circumstance for any IRONMAN or IRONMAN 70.3 event.
What should I do if I am having a problem in the water?
If you are struggling and decide that you require assistance do your best to remain calm, raise your hand high into the air/shout to get the attention of the support boats and move to the outside of the course if you are able. You can hold on to a boat without being disqualified as long as the boat does not provide propulsion. There will also be resting rafts available throughout the course.
COURSE - BIKE
Are disc wheels permitted?
Yes. However, race organizers reserve the right to restrict use depending on conditions.
How frequent are the distance markers on the Bike Course?
The Bike Course will have a distance marker every 5 miles. They will be in miles ONLY so if you are used to kilometers please accustom yourself to the conversion.
COURSE - RUN
The two loop run course leaves the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens area while traversing over to the Indian Wells Golf Resort. Much of the course winds around the lush course on the cart path before returning to the Tennis Gardens between each lap and again at the finish. The design of this course allows for fantastic spectator viewing at multiple points along the course.
How frequent are the distance markers?
The Run Course will have a distance marker every 1 mile. They will be in miles ONLY so if you are used to kilometers please accustom yourself to the conversion.
Half triathlonStart Time: 3:00pm
Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells-La Quinta weather forecast
Partly cloudy throughout the day.
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