Ironman Arizona in Tempe, Arizona

Brief Details for Both Participants and Spectators

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The Ironman triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a complete marathon (26.2 miles) all in succession. Athletes have 17 hours to complete the event. Ironman Arizona has been Arizona's triathlon since 2005, and nearly 2,800 athletes compete in this popular event.

When is the Ironman Arizona?

The race: Sunday, November 20, 2016

Before the race!

On Thursday, November 17, 2016 athletes may check in, get race credentials, and register for next year. Athlete briefings will take place.

On Friday, November 18, 2016 athletes have their last chance to check in. Registration for the IRONKIDS fun run takes place on this day. 2015 registered athletes may register for next year's triathlon. In the evening, The welcome ceremony for athletes, their families and spectators takes place. Enjoy live music from TBA and the Welcome Ceremony begins at TBA. Welcome festivities will be held at Tempe Beach Park. Admission is free.

On Saturday, November 19, 2016 the IRONKIDS fun run starts at 8:30 a.m. IRONMAN practice swim. Bike and gear check in.

Race Day

Races begin at 6:45 a.m.

To participate in the Ironman triathlon, you must be registered. Registration for next year's triathlon usually sells out by the day after this year's event! As you would expect, the 2016 general registration is already sold out. Here is the current race entry information.

Ironman Village

Ironman Village is an expo and vendor show, open to both athletes and spectators. It takes place at Tempe Beach Park.

Thursday, November 17 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, November 21 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

After the race!

On Monday, November 21 wards are distributed. Volunteers enjoy a banquet in the evening. 

Where does it take place?

Course maps are available online. The triathlon starts with the swim in Tempe Town Lake. The bicycle portion of the triathlon take competitors on a three-loop course that starts in Tempe and zig-zags out to the Beeline Highway, which gradually climbs approximately 10 miles through the Sonoran Desert to the turnaround just before Shea Boulevard, ending up back at Tempe Beach Park. Then the competitors run a course set up around Tempe Town Lake and Papago Park. Here is a map and directions to downtown Tempe.

No spectators are allowed at the finish line. The Ironman Expo takes place at Tempe Beach Park. This area includes the Ironman Display, Ironman Arizona TV Jumbo Screen, and the Ironman Marketplace with triathlon-related products and information. This area serves as a focal point for the week's events where athletes can socialize.

If you are driving to the area, you'll want to check on road restrictions before you go. The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.

How do I get tickets and how much are they?

It's free! There are no tickets required to be a spectator.

What else should I know?

If you are a spectator, the bridges over Tempe Town Lake provide the best view of the swim. The bike course is 3 loops, allowing spectators to see their favorite athletes many times. The run course is also three loops offering many opportunities along the streets and through the Tempe Beach Park to see the athletes.

Volunteers are always needed to assist with the event. Here is the volunteer sign up form.

The event organizers list the following locations as the best for spectators:

  • For swim: Tempe Beach Park or Giuliano Park.
  • For bike: The corner of Mill Avenue and Rio Salado
  • For run: Under the Mill Avenue bridges, as this will provide the potential opportunity to see your athlete 7 times.

I am coming in from out-of-town. Where should I stay?

The closest hotels to the start of the race and other race events are in downtown Tempe. Hotels in downtown phoenix are also not far, and many of them are within walking distance from Valley Metro Rail for transportation to Tempe.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, visit Ironman Arizona online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

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