New York's Hardest Race

Ironman US Championship coming to The Big Apple

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Running the New York City marathon is an amazing feat. But it's only an extended warm-up for a new race thrice as brutal: The 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship. Just announced Tuesday morning, the world's most difficult endurance race is coming to New York City next August. Superhuman athletes, get your capes ready.

Held here for the first time, the Ironman will be the 140.6-mile race series' most urban competition. Athletes will swim 2.4-miles in the Hudson River, bike 112-miles on the Palisades Parkway and, for those with still-functioning legs, run a marathon that crosses the George Washington Bridge and finishes in Riverside Park -- a nice cool-down spot in the dog day heat.

There will be 2,500 athletes vying for a $100,000 prize and 75 qualifying spots for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. And if that's not enough motivation, these racers will be cheered on by the biggest spectator turnout of any American Ironman race, according to Jon Korff, organizer of the New York City Triathlon.

The city that never sleeps just got a race many of us wouldn't do in our dreams.

Registration opens on June 15, 2011 at IronmanUSChampionship.com; Race is Aug. 11, 2012. Entry is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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