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Ironman Triathlon in Brazil Challenges Older Adults

By Tania R. Bertoldo Benedetti, Brazil

The Brazilian 2009 Ironman Triathlon took place on May 29 in Florianópolis City, South Brazil. The Ironman Triathlon is an athletic competition that consists of a 3.8-km swim, 180-km cycling and 42-km race. The athlete experiences the challenge for at least 13 hours, enduring high physical stress.

The Ironman movement involves people from several countries and many ages. In this year’s event, 18 older adults participated and 13 finished the contest. The average time older adults took to finish the contest was 14 hours and 29 minutes. Of these older adults, 14 had participated in previous years, and one of them had already participated 22 times. When asked about the reason to participate in the Ironman contest, answers related basically to the challenge.

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