The Ironman Triathlon, which took Youghal by storm last June, is returning to the seaside town for a second year.
Registration for Ironman 2020, one of the World’s most challenging and physically demanding single day sporting events, has opened, with the first two tiers almost sold out.
Next year the ultimate challenge will be run on 21 June incorporating a 3.8km swim, 180.25km cycle and 42.2km run.
Course Director for Ironman Ireland Cork, John Innes, said the tremendous East Cork welcome provided to the contestants is a contributing factor in the level of ticket sales for the 2020 event.
“The weather set out to beat us, but the supporters came out in their droves to make the event the huge success it was.”
He said “as a result many U.S. competitors, who wouldn’t do the same event twice, have already signed up to compete again next year.”
The 2020 extreme sports event has been chosen as European Women for Tri event, aimed at increasing the number of females participating in sporting events.
While the 2020 course remains much the same as this year’s event organisers say “there will be some minor changes to the route.”
The harsh weather conditions resulted in the swim being cancelled this year, and saw Briton Alistair Brownlee and Swiss Emma Bilham take poll position after completing the cycle and road events.
Having run at a consistent pace Swiss athlete, Emma Bilham, crossed the line in Youghal to win her first Ironman Ireland Cork Youghal.
Double Gold Olympian, Alistair Brownlee, claimed first place in the inaugural Ironman Ireland Cork Youghal in a time of 7 hours and 49 minutes. Commencing in 11 place, 4 and a half minutes behind leader Bryan Mc Crystal, it would be km 30 in the road race before Brownlee powered ahead.
Warren Terry from the South Coast Tri Club was placed very well in Ironman 2019 when the Youghal man came home in 9hours 48mins. He was placed 16th out of 261 in his grouping, and 63rd among 1,516 competing men. The East Cork man was placed 67th overall in a running field of 1,838.
It was also a good day for Des and Joanne O'Halloran from the South Tri Club, achieving 45th and 40th in their respective category. PJ Aherne and Vincent Lucey also completed a good Ironman, coming home in 30th and 50th place.
Triathlons are one of the fastest growing sports in Ireland, and the Ironman brand is known globally.
While the event will boost Ireland’s reputation worldwide as an outdoor adventure destination, the Ironman also showcased our beautiful scenery and improved the local economy.