There’s competing in the iconic Iron Man 70.3 Texas competition, and then there’s competing in the idyllic Iron Man competition on the shores of the Gulf of Mexico. You know what they say, after all: If you’re going to participate in the hardest sporting competition out there, you might as well do it with a beautiful backdrop.

Why Galveston?

Okay, so maybe nobody says that. But, they certainly should, because Iron Man 70.3 Texas treats competitors to miles of beautiful Galveston island beaches. The course includes everything from a saltwater bayou swim to a bike course parallel to the Gulf Coast. The bike course takes participants through Moody Gardens, a famous local attraction in Galveston that is known for its “pyramid” attractions that host aquarium animals, plants, and more. The course is known for being relatively flat and easygoing, which is why many athletes use it to judge their preparedness for future athletic milestones or other Iron Man competitions.

A Popular Event

Every year, the Galveston Iron Man event attracts around 2,500 people. The course features a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile cycle course, and a 13.1-mile run. Many who partake in the swim event find the temperature of the coastal waters of Galveston to hover around a balmy 75 degrees Fahrenheit. As mentioned, the wind can play a really large factor on whether or not a particular year’s course is challenging. While the average wind speed in Galveston is around 10 mph, it is not unusual for winds in the spring and fall months to reach over 12 mph. Those two miles can make a large difference for those who are competing in a difficult athletic competition.

Entourage Approved

One of the best things about choosing Galveston as the location for your Iron Man competition is its wide array of attractions. Your support group will not be bored in Galveston, as they will have access to a lively and historic town center, a number of delicious restaurants, museums and cultural sites, and of course, the beaches. Children in particular may enjoy the Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Waterpark.

Iron Man 70.3 Galveston Texas

As Galveston is located in the great southern state of Texas, it can be quite hot and muggy. Those competing in the Iron Man 70.3 Texas competition are encouraged to bring adequate water supplies and apply lots of sunscreen. High wind levels may also be experienced.