A unique experience in tough surroundings
IRONMAN Lanzarote is the triathlon which comes closest to the original IRONMAN World Championship that has taken place in Kona, Hawaii since 1978. Both are volcanic islands and IRONMAN Lanzarote is known for having a very hard 180 kilometer bike course because of the wind and over 2.550 meters of climbing. The 180 km course is one of the only 1-looped bike courses in IRONMAN racing and this gives the participants a full experience of the island.
“The island has the best conditions for triathlon and we want it to be an amazing experience. Because of the Lanzarote winds the first hundred kilometers on the bike are very tough but it is all worth it when you reach the top and can take in the beautiful view at Mirador del Rio.”
Two persons hold the record for most IRONMAN Lanzarote participations with 22: Local Carmelo Ruiz Sanchez and Albert Corveleijn from the Netherlands. Dane Bent Andersen has participated in the race 20 times.
Every year people with different disabilities join as well and according to Kenneth Gasque there is no excuse if you dream of doing an IRONMAN. The only question you need to ask yourself before coming here, is if you are ready to be a part of the Club La Santa and IRONMAN Lanzarote family.
- In 1992 148 athletes registered, 116 finished the race, and of them 8 were women.
- The highest number of registered athletes was 2271 in 2014, where 1906 athletes finished.
- In the history of the race the youngest participant was 18 and the oldest was 74.
- The bike course is one of the toughest in the world with the infamous Lanzarote winds and 2551 meters of climbing.
by Nikita Rørholt