Branson Selected to Host Ironman Qualifying Event

Swimming in the Ironman CompetitionBranson, Missouri was selected to host an Ironman 70.3 qualifying race for the 2010 Foster-Grant Ironman World Championship 70.3 in Clearwater, Florida. Ironman 70.3 Branson is set to take place September 19, 2010.

The race allows for 2,000 participants, and registration is now open for triathletes wishing to participate in this event. Chateau on the Lake Resort and Convention Center is acting as the host hotel for this event, and the first phase of the triathlon begins there.

The Ironman 70.3 Branson begins with a 1.2 mile swim in Table Rock Lake, beginning from Chateau on the Lake and ending at Moonshine Beach. The second phase of the race is a 56 mile bike ride through the Ozarks hills, which is followed by a 13.1 mile run.

In addition to qualifying for the Ironman World Championship in Clearwater, the winner of the race wins $4,500, and monetary prizes also go to the second through sixth place winners, with $25,000 in prizes available overall. The Branson event is one of 34 qualifying events held in the U.S. for the championship event. 50 qualifying spots are up for grabs at the Branson event. The championship event is set for November 14, 2009.

Registration, event details, rules, and a schedule is available at the official Ironman Branson Web site.

For lodging during this event, check BransonShows.com for hotels and inns throughout the Branson area, including options near Table Rock Lake and Moonshine Beach. In addition, BransonShows.com offers tickets to many Branson shows and attractions to enjoy during this event. Visit BransonShows.com or call 1-800-987-6298 to set up your reservations.

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