Entry for Chubu lnt'l Airport Ironman Race Open

Entry for Chubu lnt'l Airport Ironman Race Open

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Participants in the Ironman 70.3 Centrair Tokoname Japan competition scheduled for September 18 could begin sending in entries on March 1.

The race is the Japan qualifier for the global Ironman 70.3 competition. This year's event (held for the first time in Japan in September 2010) will also be in the area around Chubu International Airport (also known as "Centrair") in Tokoname, Aichi Prefecture. The competition gets its name for encompassing a total of 70.3 miles (113.0 km), with a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. The Japan event also includes categories for local residents and relays.

A total of 1,000 competitors can enter. Entries must be made by people aged 18 and up who have run in a triathlon of at least 51.5 km (32.2 miles) and who are athletes currently registered with the Japan Triathlon Union. Entry is JPY 42,000 (incl. insurance, Award Party fee, etc.). The competition website has details including rules and how to enter.

Last year, since the finish line was moved to the airport's temporary parking area one month prior to the event it became known as the "Centrair Race." At the time this article was written, course details "will be announced later," but the starting line will apparently be at Rinku Beach on the shore across from the airport island and the finish line will be in the airport's temporary parking area. The competition's Expo and Award Party will be held at the airport. According to an airport spokesperson, it is rare that an operational international airport is the venue for a large-scale sporting event.

The deadline for entries is June 30 (or when capacity for each event is filled).