This weekend, spectators and participants will gather right here in Oceanside for IRONMAN 70.3 California. IRONMAN combines swimming, biking, and racing throughout Oceanside in a triathlon unlike any other, spanning 70.3 miles altogether.
IRONMAN 70.3 returns to Oceanside, CA
In this race, participants return to the region that birthed the original IRONMAN in Mission Bay in the 1970s. The racers get the chance to swim in the calm waters of the Oceanside Harbor, bike along the California coastline to San Clemente then down into Camp Pendleton, and run along the pier and the Strand. It creates a unique experience in a one-of-a-kind location, but provides the challenge that comes along with California’s landscape as rolling hills and expansive beaches, beautiful to look at, confront athletes throughout their race.
More than half of the participants are members of the marine units stationed at Camp Pendleton, but others are more local and have a personal story behind their participation.
Local man defies odds, becomes an IRONMAN
Edward Narvaez—an Oceanside local—was, for as long as he could remember, a self-described “couch potato.” Three years ago, that changed—Edward began running and signed up for his first IRONMAN 70.3 in St. George, UT. Five weeks before race day, however, Edward suffered a near fatal accident while training outside on his bike. While being airlifted to a nearby hospital, Edward stopped breathing more than once and had to be resuscitated by a close friend. After a successful surgery, his first question to his doctor was whether or not he would still be able to compete in his IRONMAN race.
The doctor, stunned, replied: “Young man, you are fortunate to be alive. Can we just focus on that for now?”
But Edward was determined. He competed in that 70.3 St. George race with only 10 days to train beforehand. He completed the swimming portion but was unable to complete the bike ride in time.
Edward is back for this IRONMAN. With his full eyesight returned and the broken bones in both his face and neck healed, he is ready to cross the finish line and hear those famous words, “Edward, you are an IRONMAN!”
Edward is just one of the participants racing this weekend. Let’s cheer him and others on as they undertake this challenge.
IRONMAN 70.3 California will take place on Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Oceanside, California. The triathlon offers 30 slots for participants in the 2015 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Good luck to everyone participating, and we cannot wait to see you cross the finish line!