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Ironman comes to Marbella once more in 2020

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For the last two years, the IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella has been delighting athletes and spectators. Each year it has attracted 5,000 athletes from around the World. They have been impressed with the route, the climate and the fact that they can swim in the Mediterranean, run through Puerto Banus and explore the beautiful inland area on their bikes.

This format is known as a “Half Ironman” and is a long-distance triathlon which covers 70.3 miles, or 113 kilometres.  This is broken down into three parts, a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. Marbella will once again host the Ironman 70.3, on the 26th of April 2020 and you can register for your place online, if you’re up for the challenge.

It starts with a swim from the Levante Beach in Puerto Banus, from there athletes will grab their bikes and head along Marbella’s Golden Mile and into the beautiful inland countryside. They will cycle up into the hills past Ojen, Monda, Coin and Cartema and then back to the start point in Puerto Banus. They will drop their bikes to complete the race on foot, with two laps of the Marbella promenade to finish on the sand of the Levante Beach in Puerto Banus where the race began. View the route   

This is a tough race, but can be completed by amateurs as well as professionals with the right training. Entry fees are 305€ for Tier 3 and 325€ for Tier 4 and the first two tiers are already sold out, so if you want to take part, get your place booked now.

Next step is to book your accommodation, as with 5,000 participants and their family and friends descending on Marbella, not to mention normal holidaymakers, accommodation books up fast. For maximum convenience we’d recommend booking a vacation rental in Puerto Banus so you’re within walking distance of the start/finish point of the race.

Choosing a holiday rental rather than a hotel, gives you more flexibility for pre-race preparations and meals and gives you more space and options to rest and recover after a gruelling race. We have properties for rent right on the beachfront where the race begins, others within a five-minute walk from the start, in the port itself.

Before the race, we can pick you up from the airport and stock your fridge and cupboards with all your high protein, high energy foods before you arrive. This removes any stress and allows you to stay focused without having to worry about heading to the supermarket.

After the race, we can arrange for a masseuse to come to the apartment and give you an incredible Fix Me Deep Tissue Massage or a Traditional Thai massage to relieve your aches and pains and improve your recovery.

Nothing is too much trouble, so please just ask what you need to make your IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella experience the best it can be and we will make it happen!

Once you’re booked, then it’s time to start training and there are some really good resources on the IRONMAN website, like this article on how to make training fit your lifestyle. Best of luck with the preparations!

If participating sounds a bit tough, then why not go and cheer them on. There’s a great atmosphere in Puerto Banus for the swim and cycle and then Marbella’s promenade is buzzing with fans, family and friends for the final run. You are welcome to line the route, or head down to the finish line. You could even walk along the beach from Marbella to Puerto Banus and feel part of the action, without breaking a sweat. The walk will take around an hour, depending on whether you stop off for refreshments at one of the many bars and restaurants along the way.

April is a lovely time to visit Marbella, whether you’re a participant in IRONMAN or simply want a spring sunshine getaway. However, if your chosen dates include the IRONMAN tournament, please make sure you book your accommodation early, as there is very high demand over these dates. We look forward to welcoming you very soon.

Here IRONMAN 70.3 Marbella 2019 Race Movie: