________________The Ford Ironman Florida includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride, and a 26.2-mile run. The 2.4-mile swim will consist of two laps in a rectangular shape out into the Gulf Coast after a mass-start. The bike lap will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort on Front Beach Road and heading toward Highway 79, to Highway 20 and 77, and ending back at the Boardwalk Beach Resort. Finally, the run, which is one of the flattest on the Ironman circuit, will start at the Boardwalk Beach Resort and wind its way to St. Andrews Park. After St. Andrews Park, runners will make their way back to the Boardwalk Beach Resort to repeat the course again. There will be water, nutritional bars, nutritional gels, and fruit available to athletes throughout the bike and run sections of the event. There are 65 spots available for athletes who qualify from this event in the Ironman World Championship on October 13, 2012 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Last year’s first place time was 8 hours 15 minutes and 59 seconds. There will be a total professional prize purse of $25,000 this year.
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