Ironman’s newest destination hot spot takes place next spring in Los Cabos, Mexico. Located at the tip of the Baja Peninsula, Los Cabos is comprised primarily of two towns, San Jose del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas, that are linked by a 20-mile corridor lined with world-class resort properties and championship golf courses. It is here the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortés come together, creating a rich marine eco-system unrivaled in diversity and beauty.
Los Cabos offers guests all the vacationing luxuries including ample shopping, fine dining and excellent entertainment that are available within a safe a secure environment. Not only can you, your loved ones and friends enjoy your athletic accomplishment during your race day, but everyone will be able to enjoy this terrific vacation spot before and after the event. Fishing, diving, surfing, kayaking and numerous other watersport activities attract avid outdoor enthusiasts from around the world.
There are a plenty of hotel and resort accommodation options – everything from cozy and quaint to the outright lavish and luxurious. Much of the lodging features breathtaking ocean views that offer easy or direct access to beaches. You can elect to stay at the many all-inclusive hotels that offer lodging and all meals for one price, or self-sufficient rooms, condominiums or private rentals.
As the majority of visitors to Los Cabos are from North America, you can easily satisfy your dietary needs at restaurants or local food shopping facilities. However, do not pass up an opportunity to experience what the local Mexican eating establishments have to offer after the race.
You can be assured that the inaugural event will deliver an excellent athlete experience. Race organizers Asdeport, who organize Ironman and Ironman 70.3 Cozumel, run the race under a licence agreement with the World Triathlon Corporation. Ask anyone who has competed in Asdeport-run events in the past and they will attest to the distinct race experience that is well organized and offers a unique Mexican flare.
Getting to Los Cabos will be a breeze thanks to easy connections out of all major Canadian airports. Frequent connecting flights bound for Los Cabos run through Phoenix, San Francisco or Houston. There are also regularly scheduled direct flights from Vancouver.
The 3.8 km swim takes place off the Palmilla Beach, which is adjacent to the luxurious Palmilla Hotel, in a protected cove. There will be lots of tropical fish to check out during the one-lap, rectangular-shaped course. Expect the water temperature during the month of March to hover around 22ºC.
The swim-bike transition will be located a short run from swim exit at a public beach parking lot. From there athletes make a short climb before riding through the scenic tourist corridor that adjoins Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo. This newly paved 33 km highway then links with the toll road from San Jose to the airport to complete the 90 km loop, which is repeated. The challenging and spectacularly beautiful rolling terrain overlooks the azure waters of the Sea of Cortes on one side of the course, with the desert mountains on the other. Along the way you’ll pass some of the most exclusive resorts and famous golf courses of Los Cabos and Mexico.
The bike-run transition is located at the heart of downtown San Jose, five km north of the swim-bike transition. The three-lap run is mostly flat around the streets of downtown San Jose, and will likely be lined with many local and visiting spectators, if it is anything like Cozumel. The finish line is in front of City Hall and is within walking distance to the bike-run transition.
If you are looking at getting in an early season Ironman, and coupling your race with an exotic getaway, Ironman Los Cabos may be just be the race and destination to consider. Entries (US$650) are still available.