Panama was the venue for this year’s Ironman competition Sunday February 12th. Lance Armstrong, the world’s most famous runner participated and came in 2nd.
The course was unusually varied and beautiful. Athletes swam 1.2 miles (1.9 km) in the Pacific Ocean at the entrance to the Panama Canal, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. They then biked 56 miles (90 km), first crossing the Bridge of the Americas connecting Central and South America en route to the Pan-American Highway. The 13.1 mile (21 km), two-loop run course took the athletes through the Amador Causeway, a major tourism area surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, where they can watch ships transit in and out of the Panama Canal while enjoying the beautiful view of they city.
Ironman is another major event for which Panama was chosen just after last weeks USA Bachelor TV program.