Ironman Clearwater 2009

November 14, 2009 by USA Post 

ironman clearwater 2009Set in the heart of one of America’s most popular tourist areas, athletes from around the world have converged on Clearwater for this weekend’s fourth running of the Foster Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater. As a world championship, it should come as no surprise that we’re likely to see some incredible racing. Some of the world’s premier 70.3 athletes from around the world are here to compete and we’ll have a full weekend of coverage right here on including text updates, video, athlete tracking and photos.

We’ll keep you up to date on all the action from Clearwater here on the site as we get closer to Saturday’s race. Here are some stats for the event this weekend:
1.  Over 31 percent of the 1,650 athletes in the field are women.
2. The largest men’s division is men’s 35 to 39, with 219 athletes.
3. In the women’s race, both 30 to 34 and 35 to 39 have 83 athletes.
4. 55 countries have athletes competing. The largest represented is the US, with 753. Canada has 138 and Great Britain has 104.
5. Calgary is the largest city represented with 27 athletes.
6. The oldest competitors in Saturday’s race are 79-year-old Madonna Buder, from Spokane, Washington. Lew Hollander, from Bend, Oregon and Bob Scott from Naperville, Illinois are both 79, too.
7. The youngest athletes in the race are18-year-old Victoria Juanicotena from Cancun, Mexico and Stephen Harvey from Statesbory, Georgia.

Stay tuned for lots more from Clearwater this weekend.

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