It’s the first ever full Ironman race to be held in Ireland.
Over 2,650 brave athletes are arriving in Cork this week to prepare for IRONMAN, Ireland Cork 2019 on Sunday, June 23rd.
Over half the entrants are from Ireland with the balance coming from 62 different countries, particularly the USA, every one vying for a finishing place in the largest ever field for any triathlon in Ireland… and bringing a welcome boost of €8m to the local economy.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Briefings: Competitors are strongly advised to attend the athlete briefings at the Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal at 10am, 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, June 22nd. A full Race Schedule is available here.
Start time: Sponsored by the law firm Mason Hayes & Curran, the sold-out race will take place in Youghal, where the Ballyvergan carpark opens at 4am. At 5.50am, athletes will assemble on Claycastle Beach and kick off with a 3.8km swim at 6.30am sharp.
The swim cut-off time is two hours and 20 minutes.
Spectators: Free shuttle buses start running from Youghal Rugby Club to move spectators to the Transition at 5am.
Bike course: The two-lap, 180km bike course will take athletes through stunning countryside, with a steep climb up Windmill Hill in Youghal at the end of each lap. The cut-off time for the bike is
10 hours and 30 minutes.
Run course: The final challenge, a 42.2km, four-lap run course, will wind through the streets of Youghal. The run must be completed within 17 hours from the start of the race.
Road closures: The R634-16 Lighthouse Hill, Youghal from Friar Street to R908-0 Moll Goggins Corner junction will be closed from 6am on Saturday, June 22nd until 6pm on Monday June 24th from 6.30am until 11.45pm.
For detailed race information, visit the website.