Ironman 70.3 Panama – Panama City, FL
Panama is a country on the isthmus linking Central and South America. One of the most Cosmopolitan cities in the World!
The capital of Panama, is a modern city framed by the Pacific Ocean and man-made Panama Canal considered one of the seven wonders of the modern world. Casco Viejo, its cobblestoned historic center, is famed for colonial-era landmarks like the neoclassical Palacio Presidential Palace and bougainvillea-filled plazas lined with restaurants, cafes and bars. The Miraflores Locks offers views of ships traversing the canal, an essential shipping route linking the Atlantic and Pacific.
In Panamá Viejo lie the ruins of the city’s first Spanish settlement, dating to the 16th century, and the National Craft Market Mercado Nacional de Artesanías, a resource for indigenous handicrafts. The protected rainforests of Parque Natural Metropolitano shelter rich birdlife and extensive hiking trails. Cyclists and runners are drawn to the Calzada de Amador, a causeway connecting a few small islands to the Biomuseo, a Frank Gehry–designed biodiversity museum, and the nightlife destination the Zona Viva. Above the city, 199m-high Ancón Hill offers panoramic views of the canal and skyscraper-studded skyline.
Participants will swim 1.2 miles (1.9 km), in the Panama Canal’s Pacific side, in a point to point swim. Starting in the Balboa Yatch Club and will finish 300m after the Biomuseum. Spectators will have a great view of the entire Swim Course from the Calzada de Amador boardwalk. Water temperatures are expected to be around 80º Fahrenheit (28º Celsius). The transition between the swim and bike will take place in behind the Biomuseo in the Calzada Boardwalk. Athletes will then ride a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride from the Biomuseo in a 3 loop course between Calzada de Amador and Cinta costera where athletes will be able to admire the contrast of the Casco Viejo and the Skyscrapers of the Panama skyline. This is a flat and fast course that will see high average speeds.
The two-loop run course will take athletes on a 13.1 mile (21km) journey through the Calzada de Amador. Participants will have one of the most panoramic views of Panama City and the Panama Canal staged by the Puente de las Americas Bridge.
The 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 Panama will offer 30 qualifying slots to the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in St. George Utah, U.S.A.