An Ironman race starts with a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, ending with a 26.2 mile marathon. Iron Man Tenby has become a well-loved point on the Ironman fixture list. Located on Wales’ South West coast, Pembrokeshire is known for its breathtaking landscape and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, featuring miles of sandy beaches and a spectacular coastline.

The chance to qualify for the annual World Championships

The unique nature of Ironman events comes from every athlete having the chance to qualify for the annual World Championships held in Kona, Hawaii. Each five-year age band is allocated at least one place in the world championships.

Competitiors finishing swimming stage and running onto North Beach with old and new lifeboat stations in background
Competitors finishing swimming stage of Ironman Wales, running out of the sea onto North Beach, Tenby
Competitiors finishing swimming stage and running onto North Beach, Tenby

One of the most demanding Ironman events in the world

It is already seen as one of the most demanding Ironman events in the world, however the attraction of the race is also due to the incredible spectator support which has helped many athletes complete the challenge.

Cyclist on bike passing Five Arches, Tenby
Ironman Wales competitor running on road above South Beach, Tenby
Cyclist passing Five Arches, Tenby and competitor running on road above South Beach, Tenby

The race

The start of the race is at North Beach in the seaside village of Tenby. Exiting the waters of Carmarthen Bay after the 2.4 mile swim, the athletes will take on the challenge of the 112 mile bike course through the fascinating countryside of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, passing numerous castles and iconic landmarks. The medieval town walls and picturesque beach front provide an impressive backdrop for the concluding marathon through Tenby.

For more information, visit the Ironman Wales website.