The next Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside is coming up on March 29, 2014. Here in Oceanside, we love our 70.3 event, and apparently, we’re not the only ones! We came across a Coeur Sports blog post called “Coeur loves Oceanside 70.3,” and we loved the words used to describe the event and how special it is. Check out these highlights from the Coeur Sports blog, as well as some facts about the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside:
Coeur described the Oceanside 70.3 as “the unofficial start of the triathlon season” in the times before the Ironman events were so abundant year-round. However, despite the year-round nature of the sport now, Coeur still celebrates the Oceanside 70.3 as a milestone in their triathlon season, writing: “We still put a big circle around the date in March for Oceanside. To be a bit more precise, we make a big ‘heart symbol’ around the date because we love the event.”
About the Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside
[Image by Lance Cpl. Sarah Wolff]
The California 70.3 in Oceanside includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and 13.1-mile run, numbers which add up to give this Ironman event its name: 70.3. Coeur Sports shared some history about the course in Oceanside, writing about how the race (which started here in 2000) was originally held completely at Camp Pendleton but moved into the rest of Oceanside after 9/11 due to increased security on the Marine Corps Base.
The city of Oceanside, however, worked with Camp Pendleton to continue the Ironman 70.3. Now, the swim for the event is actually the only time that swimming is ever allowed in the protected Oceanside Harbor. The bicycle course runs along the coastline o San Clemente, but part of that cycling course does still run through Camp Pendleton. In the third leg, the event’s run gives athletes a chance to see the Oceanside Pier, one of the longest piers on the West Coast, as well as run through Oceanside’s beachfront neighborhoods.
Another highlight for Coeur Sports about the event’s Oceanside location? Half of the volunteers come from Camp Pendleton, a fact that makes it easier for participants to connect with our nation’s service men and women and gives athletes the awesome experience of being cheered on by Marines (an experience that Coeur describes as “very motivating!”).
What’s it all for? In addition to the competition among some of the world’s top athletes, the Ironman 70.3 California event in Oceanside helps fundraise for the Challenged Athletes Foundation (or CAF), the official charity of the event. This worthy organization helps provide opportunities for people with physical disabilities to pursue fitness and an active lifestyle through competitive athletics, a mission that surely motivates athletes in the Ironman race and inspires their fundraising.
Haven’t experienced the Oceanside 70.3? We’d love for you to come out and cheer on the amazing athletes on March 29! Click here to visit the official Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside webpage.