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Los Cabos Ironman 2013 Starts March 17, Check Out How It Will All Happen

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As if running a 26.2 mile marathon were not enough, 1,500 participants competing in the Ford Ironman 2013 Los Cabos, will all swim 2.4 miles, and then bike 112 miles before finishing with the grueling 42.2 kilometer marathon run on March 17, St. Patrick's Day. Registration for this world-wide popular event started May 21, 2012 and was closed to entries January 16, 2013. San Jose del Cabo is host to this multi-challenging test of physical and mental conditioning and athleticism. Contestants paid a whopping $650 U.S. dollars for the opportunity to push themselves to limits beyond the physically imaginable. Professional (sometimes sponsored) athletes will vie for portions of the $75,000 USD prize money that is spread over several categories; elite men, elite women, masters men, masters women and varying other age groups. El Gran Faro is race headquarters and Club Campestre will feature the pre-race pasta dinner on March 15 that is free with registration. Hotels in San Jose del Cabo affiliated with the race and offering special rates are the Holiday Inn ($210 single/$230 double), Westin/Regina ($189) Best Western ($75-$190) and Posada Real ($83-$164). The paved bike and run course will be marked in kilometers and miles. One entire half of the four lane highway from San Jose to San Lucas will be closed to traffic during the contest. Winning Time Chip is the company handling the timing of the race. There's also a 50 slot qualifying cut-off for those attempting to be selected to racing at the prestigious, Ironman World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. All participants will be arriving with their race bike, tagged as personal belongings. The event kicks off at 6:40 a.m with the start of the elite men's and women's race, followed by the all-age group race of amateurs, 20 minutes later at 7:00 a.m. The cut-off time for the Palmilla Beach swim portion of the contest is 2 hours and 20 minutes; meaning if athletes are not out of the water after that time, they will not be permitted to continue to the transition area and move onto the second phase of the race. The official start is an ''in the water'' beginning, as opposed to a running and dive start from the beach. Most Ironman competitions allow for the use of wet-suits, but participants of Ford Ironman Los Cabos will be notified 10 days before the event as to whether wet-suits will be permitted for Ironman, 2013....

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