8 Amazing Facts about World’s Toughest ‘Triathlon’ and Indian ‘Iron Man’

An Ironman Triathlon is one of the toughest races with a series of long-distance triathlon races consisting of a 3.86 km swim, a 180.25 km bicycle ride and a marathon 42.2 km run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world and guess what an Indian has won this Championship.

 Here are some of the interesting facts about IronMan Triathlon


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Triathlons were a result of a debate among the athletes in the United States, which athletes was more fit, runners or the swimmers? U.S Navy Commander Collins came with the conclusion and started the Ironman Triathlon


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Most Ironman events have a strict time limit of 17 hours to complete the race. The race typically starts at 7:00 a.m.; the mandatory swim cut off for the 2.4-mile (3.9 km) swim is 9:20 a.m. (2 hours 20 minutes), the mandatory bike cut off time is 5:30 p.m. (8 hours 10 minutes), and the mandatory marathon cut off is midnight (6 hours 30 minutes). Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon within these timings becomes an Ironman


Mark Allen wins the 1995 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Mark Allen wins the 1995 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

The longest standing record in Ironman Triathlon World Championship history is Mark Allen’s 2:40:04 marathon record set in 1989.  Junko Murakami’s 9:59:46 record in the women’s 18-24 age group was also set in 1989



Milind Soman completed the triathlon in 15 hours and 19 minutes and won the triathlon to become an Iron Man, There were around 2,000 participants which included seven Indians.



In 2012, Milind Soman became Limca Book record holder after running 1,500 km in Greenathon



The Ironman Triathlon World Championship broadcast has won nine Emmy Awards for its NBC coverage of the event.  NBC began covering the event in 1991



Paula Newby-Fraser has more Ironman championship crowns than any other athlete with eight



The oldest person to ever set a record in Kona was 75-year-old Jim Ward.  His  15:51:46 record for the 75-79 age group set in 1992 still stands. Jim Ward died at the age of 83 while riding a bicycle apparently after suffering a heart attack.

Iron man’s reaction after Milind Soman wins the Triathlon Championship


References; Ironman.com,

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