Ironman New Zealand, Lake Taupo, Taupo, New Zealand, 6th March

New Zealand (Country Guide)
All you puffy, muscled guys who think you have what it takes, this is the challenge of your life! Lake Taupo's season-opening Ironman Triathlon sees up to 1500 contestants battling for US$50,000 of prize money. Competitors swim 2.4 miles (3.86 km), cycle 180km (112 miles) and run 42km (26 miles) through a breathtaking landscape of hot springs, volcanoes and waterfalls.
Excellent organisation and overwhelming local support make the event a perennial favorite. The town is fully geared for an invasion and has come to expect about 20,000 visitors each year, doubling its population and creating a great party atmosphere. More than a week of warm-up events is followed by an awards ceremony on the day after the race and a party for all the volunteers.
Competitors are allowed up to 17 hours to complete the course, and the fastest time is under nine hours. Enter online if you're tough enough - entries close on 17 January in 2010 (or sooner if the maximum field of 1500 is reached). If you're taking part, the lake is the perfect place for a holiday once your exertions are over!

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