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Israman Ironman Race – January 2018

The Israman Ironman Race 2018 is a tough sporting event held in Eilat, Israel. In 2018 the race will be held on Friday January 26th and there will be Israman Ironman events from the 24th to 27th January. As one of Israel’s top events the Israman Ironman Race attracts participants from across the globe. The race was first run in 1999 with only 26 participating athletes; in 2018 2,000 athletes are expected to compete in the Israman Ironman race. This triathlon race is not for the faint of heart and requires peak physical fitness. Participants will be able to choose between a full or a half marathon course.

Of all the Israel events January 2018 has to offer this race has the most glorious setting. Eilat is a beach resort city on the edge of the Red Sea. When you are not racing or cheering on the participants you will find plenty to do in this dynamic city including diving, water sports, ice skating, tax-free shopping and visiting the Dolphin Reef.

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The Israman Ironman Courses 

Israman Ironman 2018  

There will be two courses available to participants. The Israman 226 (Ironman distance triathlon) race consists of a 3.8km swim; 180km bike ride and 42.2km run. The Israman 113 consists of a 1.9km swim; 90km bike ride and 21.1km run. Both distance races start and finish at the Royal Beach Hotel, Eilat.

 The swimming section of the race takes place along a triangular course with the full triathlon participants completing the course twice. The transition between swimming and cycling takes place behind the Sport Hotel just 400 meters from the water. The cycle route is along route #12 and includes a steep incline through the rolling hills overlooking Eilat. The cycle route ends at the junction point where route #12 meets the Israel National Trail at the foot of Mount Yoash. At this transition point participants will start the run descending route #12 back into the city of Eilat and past many of the city’s main attractions. The finish line is at the entrance to the sailing club.

Tough cutoff times have been set for each of the sections of the triathlon. Participants who do not meet the cutoff times will immediately be disqualified and their participation will be terminated. The final cutoff time at the end of the day will be 23:20.

Israman Ironman January 2018 Relay Race

Israman Ironman 2018 

In both the courses participants will be able to compete as part of a relay team. This gives you the option of completely the entire course by yourself or splitting the swim, cycle and run categories between three team members (or two team members where one athlete competes in two sections). For relay teams there is no age category for each participant but rather an accumulated age of all three participants. Teams can compete as groups of men/women with an accumulated age under 119 years or over 120 years. There are also categories for mixed sex teams with an accumulated age under 119 or over 120 years. There is a category for family teams and for doubles teams where one of the participants competes in two categories.

Israman Ironman Prize Money

The first three in the elite category only, men and women will receive a monetary prize. In the Israman 226 prize money will be 10,000ILS for first place; 5,000ILS for second place and 3,000ILS for third place. In the Israman 113 race prize money will be 5,000ILS for first place; 2,500ILS for second place and 1,500ILS for third place. The prize money is on condition of a minimum time requirement. If the minimum time requirements are not met the prize money will be halved. Of course athletes compete for the challenge rather than the prize money. In addition the first male and female Israeli citizen to cross the finish line in each distance (Israman 226 and Israman 113) will receive the Israeli Champion Trophy. Other trophies will also be awarded to outstanding participants.

Special Events at the Israman Ironman Race

Israman Ironman 2018 

In addition to the race itself there will be several special events including an Expo at the Isrotel Royal Garden Hotel; pro-athletes presentation; a finish line party and award ceremony. Participants will be treated to massage and physiotherapy treatments. Eilat has some of the most luxurious hotels in the country and many recreational facilities to take advantage of when you are not racing. Special viewing points have been set up for spectators along the routes. The most popular viewing point is at the Meridian circle where there will be a festive atmosphere and a DJ on hand to provide up-beat music.

Practical Details

The Israman Ironman January 2018 race will take place on 26th January 2018 in Eilat. Both the Israman 226 and Israman 113 courses will start at 6:20 in the morning. All participants must be at least 18 years old with the exception of relay swimmers who must be at least 16 years old. Registration is through the Israman website only and the final date for registration is 31 December 2017 or until the participant maximum quota of 2,000 participants has been met. For further information check out the Israman Ironman website which has a Hebrew and English version.

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