IRONMAN, the world’s most challenging endurance event, and Santosh Shanbhag from Belagavi participated at the IRONMAN UK, Bolton England, and successfully completed the event clocking a time of 14:04:39.
The course includes 3.8 km Swim, 180.2 km Cycling, and 42.2 km Run.
This is for the second time that Santosh has successfully completed the Ironman, the earlier being IRONMAN, Langkawi Malaysia in 2017 where he had clocked a time of 16 hours and 29 minutes and also he participated in the Ironman Srilanka.
Santosh also participated Ironman triathlon event in Goa in 2019 and Ironman SriLanka in 2018
The Ironman 70.3 race – a ‘half-Ironman’, which involves 1.9km of swimming, 90km of cycling, and 21.1km of running.
Speaking to AAB, Santosh said “It was a tough course and the timing I have managed to clock is an improvement from the 2017 event which is very encouraging.”
Santosh Shanbhag is a hotelier by profession and is also the president of the Venugram Cycling club.
A record field of 2,300 athletes assembled in Bolton for the event, with triathletes aged between 18 and 74 coming from 51 countries to compete.
Most Ironman events have a limited time of 17 hours to complete the race. Santosh finished this 14.04 hours.
Any participant who manages to complete the triathlon in these timings is designated an Ironman.
An Ironman Triathlon is one of a series of long-distance triathlon races organized by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC), consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.
The name “Ironman Triathlon” is also associated with the original Ironman triathlon which is now the Ironman World Championship. Held in Kailua-Kona, the world championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978 (with an additional race in 1982) and is preceded by a series of qualifying Ironman events.