After an amazing first edition PATAGONMAN aims higher for 2019
A very successful first edition had PATAGONMAN, the point-to-point “iron-distance” race, in Patagonia! Triathlon prodigy Mauricio Mendez from Mexico was the overall champion of the race. Behind him came Allan Hovda, the three-times Norseman champion from Norway and in third place arrived the local athlete José Luis “Pipo” Rodriguez, an Olympic cyclist from Chile, who had the best bike split of the day. Lucy Gossage, the twelve-time Ironman champion from England, was the first woman to ring the bell at the finish line, followed by Javiera Gainza from Chile and Livia Mendes from Brazil, who came second and third women.
Now the organizers of PATAGONMAN are getting ready to launch the 2019 edition of this incredible race. On January 24th at exactly 18:00 hrs GMT lottery will start and anyone from any place in the world will be able to buy a lottery ticket to participate for a slot in this unique adventure. All the money collected from the lottery goes directly to charity in Patagonia and only 300 lucky winners will be selected to take part on this journey. They will be notified my email and will have a week to complete their registration by paying the entry fee (CLP $470.000 » aprox. USD $690).
The 3.8 Km swim leg of the race start with the jump from a ferry boat into the icy-cold waters of the Aysén Fjord (10-12°C), from where the athletes must swim back to Puerto Chacabuco. The cycling leg of the race rolls on the only 180 Km of the iconic Carretera Austral that have actual pavement. And from Villa Cerro Castillo, the race finishes with the marathon (42.2 Km) through dirt trails and rubble roads following the Ibáñez River through forest, next to beautiful lakes and waterfalls all the way to the General Carrera Lake.
Each competitor is required to show up with a support person whose roll is to assist the athlete throughout the race with food, hydration, clothing, mechanics and spiritual motivation. This support person is allowed to take more people in their car (family and friends) so they can witness the race. Finally, from Km 30 of the run, support and athletes can run together all the way to the finish line for the most amazing experience in triathlon.
In 2018 athletes from 45 different countries came to race and most of them to travel around Chile after the event. The after-race feelings were extremely positive including the pro athletes like Lucy Gossage: “unlike anything I’ve done before”, Allan Hovda: “the journey of my life”, Mark Livesey: “this experience is why I started the sport in the first place”, Romain Babin: “the best race of my life” and the media coverage, including the London BBC News have been very interesting.
For 2019 the PATAGONMAN is expecting thousands of athletes to participate in the lottery for a registration slot. More professional athletes are interested in taking part of the event and a new circuit for the running leg is taken into consideration to add an extra challenge for the athletes! The date of the race is Sunday, December 1st, 2019.
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