General entry for the 2013 Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship in Frankfurt, Germany, is now closed. According to Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC), the event reached capacity in ‘just a few weeks’. This hitting of capacity follows recently confirmed sell-out events for Ironman Lake Placid, which has just confirmed a contract extension, and Ironman 70.3 Zell am See in Austria.
The iconic Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship race in Germany has become one of the most popular on the international Ironman circuit, partly because of the ‘Tour-like atmosphere’ that pervades the race from start to finish.
It all begins with a fast swim in a small lake called the Langenaar Waldsee just outside town, where thousands are on hand to ensure the day starts with lots of cheering and noise. The competitors then fly through a quick 12K stretch into the city of Frankfurt, where they begin two 84K bike loops.
While there are hills on the course that have names such as ‘Heartbreak’ and ‘Beast’, and even one cobble stoned climb called ‘Hell’, those don’t seem to slow things down as some of the best triathletes in the world fly through a course that manages to combine a big city feel and beautiful rural scenery.
The run course, which consists of a series of out and back loops along the River Main, is jam-packed with spectators along the way. Athletes who have tried to drop out of the race in the past have found themselves virtually pushed along by the cheering crowds.
The day ends at the finish line in the Romer, the site where Germany’s kings were once crowned. It’s a fitting end to a dramatic race day.