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Ultraman World Championships Preview

Race begins on Friday morning.

The 27th Ultraman World Championships starts this Friday November 25th and continues to the Sunday November 27th.

The three-day, 320-mile (515-kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii and consists of three stages:

Stage I – 6.2-mile (10 km) ocean swim from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay, followed by a 90-mile (145 km) cross-country bike ride from Keauhou Bay around the southern tip of the island via Route 11 to finish at Namakani Paio Park in the Volcanoes National Park. Vertical climbs total 7,600 feet.

Stage II – 171.4-mi (276 km) bike ride, from Volcanoes National Park (Route 11) to Keaau, then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pahoa, then on through the City of Hilo. From Hilo, the route continues north along the Hamakua Coast (Route 19) to Waimea, and over the Kohala Mountains via Route 250 to finish at the Kohala Village Inn on Hawi Road, just above its junction with Route 270. Vertical climbs total 8,600 feet.

Stage III – 52.4-mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae (Route 270), then on to Kailua-Kona (via Route 19) and finishing on the beach at the Old Airport State Park.

Time Limits: Each stage must be completed in 12 hours or less. The swim should be completed in 5-1/2 hours or less. Participants not reaching the respective finish lines within the 12-hour limits will be disqualified.

Three Canadians will race in the event; Duncan Cairns from Calgary, Mike Coughlin from Sudbury, and Martin Raymond, from Cumberland.

You can follow the race live via Twitter. Make sure to use hashtag #ultramanlive

Visit the race website for more details.