Your Daily Game Plan
The iconic race comes to Manhattan. Here's how to watch.
If you're going to shut down New York City traffic, you better be throwing an ethnically-themed parade, putting on the world's most famous marathon or willing to risk assault via exhaust-maddened cab drivers.
Well now you can add the Ironman US Championship.
A notorious beast of a triathlon, this 140.6-mile journey starts with a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson, then piles on a 112-mile bike ride on New Jersey's Palisades Parkway and tops it all off with a 26.2-mile (yep, the length of the New York Marathon) run that takes racers over the GW bride and has them finish at 81st street in Manhattan's Riverside Park.
Want to watch it? The swim stage has tickets for a spectator ferry, but race organizers recommend posting up at the turnaround for the bike portion (riders have to go slow through here).
If the run is more your style, they advise hopping on the ferry and heading to the Palisades to catch the first loop, then getting back on the ferry to the 79th street boat basin to catch the finish.
Where the top Ironmen (and women!) finishers will split the $125,000 purse.
Which should be more than enough to pay for a 140.6-mile cab ride — think outside the box, racers!