Due to hurricane, Lake Eva Hosts IRONMAN Nov. 4

IRONMAN Triathlon swimmers

IRONMAN Triathlon swimmers

HAINES CITY – Due to the devastation caused by the fiercest hurricane to ever strike the Florida Panhandle, the Florida IRONMAN event previously scheduled to take place in Panama City Beach will instead take place in Haines City at Lake Eva Park.

PCTSM and the City of Haines City have hosted the IRONMAN Florida 70.3 – dubbed by many as a half IRONMAN – at Lake Eva Park for the past seven years. While this full IRONMAN Triathlon is to take place on Sunday, Nov. 4, events surrounding the race will start Thursday, Nov. 1, and run until Monday, Nov. 5.

While numerous details in the event still have to be cemented, including the exact courses for the various segments of the race, the more urgent matter is manpower.

“Normally we have months to prepare for an event like the half IRONMAN race,” said PCTSM Senior Sales and Events Manager Marc Zimmerman. “Right now, we need people who want to feel closer to their community who want to get involved. We need volunteers.”

IRONMAN representatives are including a place for volunteers to register on their website.

Activities include athlete check-in days on Thursday through Saturday, bicycle check-in on Saturday and the IRONMAN race Sunday. Monday events will include an awards ceremony for the contestants.

The full IRONMAN triathlon event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and a marathon (26.22 mile run).