Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in Photos

Paratriathlete heading out to the water.  These competitors were very inspiring!

Female age groupers - my sister is just to the right of the girl in the pink top.

Organized chaos in the swim

Wet suit stripping - this volunteer was impressively fast - I think the athletes were surprised at how fast she could get them out of their wetsuits!

An elite athlete starting the run course

Another elite athlete on the run

My sister in black - heading out for her final 13.1 miles

Headed to the finish line!

Final thoughts on this race, from a spectator's POV.  Hope they might be helpful if you have a friend/family member considering this race and you'd be supporting them!

  • Its really easy to watch all of the swim because it is in a marina so there are several different vantage points
  • You can also hustle around to watch swim exit and bike start, bike finish and run start
  • Easy spectator parking near transition and the start
  • Fun atmosphere at the finish line

  • It's humid!! (yes, I've become a humidity wimp)
  • Not a ton of shade for the athletes on the course and in most spots to watch and cheer
  • Host hotel and most hotels are all located across town from race site - approximately a 20-30 minute drive - so you definitely want to rent a car and note that parking isn't easy downtown!
  • Not super easy to park at the finish line
  • Not a ton of food options for spectators at the finish line party, didn't see any restaurants/food trucks close by if you want to grab something to eat while you wait for your athlete!
  • Small expo
It was a fun weekend and I am super proud of my sister for committing herself to a challenging goal, sticking with her training and rocking the race.  She's inspired me to keep pushing myself in running and I hope we'll get to do another race together some day.  Now I just need to convince her to sign up for Ironman Coeur d'Alene!

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