Ironman Slots Available in Chile!!We just received the following e-mail from long time Professional Triathlete, Kenny Glah:
I have been working some with the race organizers of the Half Ironman Pucon, Chile (January 27th) and I have secured 20 qualifying slots for Ironman North America races (10 for Canada, 5 for Lake Placid and 5 for Wisconsin). These are all sold out races and if you have any athletes that are in pretty good shape I think they would have a great chance of getting a slot as I don't think all the slots will be taken since the deal was finalized so late.
Almost all the athletes in the race are from Chile, Argentina and Brazil and the expense of coming to North America to race is too great for most and those wishing to do an Ironman are more likely to race at Ironman Brazil.
I know this is late notice but there are great fares to Chile right now - LAN Chile offers the best deal - As an example, I found a flight for $834 from Philadelphia to Miami on American then LAN Chile to Santiago and on to Temuco (airport near Pucon). This deal needed only a 7 day advance purchase.
It is an incredible race in one of the most beautiful places in the world and the people are great. This is one of the best places I have ever been. Please pass this along to your athletes. They have a wonderful website at www.pucontriathlon.com (it takes a while to load but is faster if you hit skip presentation). It is in English and there is great information about Pucon if they hit that Icon on the triathlon website (once on the Pucon City website hit English version). Thanks for any help you can give to this incredible race and I hope this can be a benefit to some of your athletes.
There you have it. Since most of the staff here at Multisports.com has been to this event, we can attest to everything Kenny says about the race. Much more than the availability of Ironman North America slots, the venue, people, and surrounding beauty are the real reasons you should consider making this a must stop on your lifetime triathlon event list!
Get there - you won't be sorry!