Ironman behind the Iron Curtain?


Straight from our inbox this morning:

“Announcing Inaugural Volga Ironman Cuba presented by Cerveceria Bucanero
The Cuban Triathlon Federation is proud to announce the biggest
triathlon ever to come to the Antillean islands: Volga Ironman Cuba,
to be contested on 10 October 2010, the 142nd anniversary of Cuba’s
declaration of independence from Spain.

“We are thrilled to welcome much of the world to the beautiful island
of Cuba and its historic capital, Havana,” stated Jorge Vásquez, head
of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in Havana. “We have a
world-class venue that is sure to test the endurance and mental
toughness of the long-distance triathlete. Our team is ready to build
on the successes we enjoyed in 2004.”

Six years ago, Cuba competently hosted the Central American Triathlon
Tournament, a final tune-up before the Pan American Games later that
year in the Dominican Republic.

The inaugural Volga Ironman Cuba presented by Cerveceria Bucanero will
take place in the tropical city of Havana, the cosmopolitan port on
the north coast of the island nation. Athletes will begin the race
with a 3.8-kilometer swim in the patrolled Caribbean Sea, from the
Marina Hemingway to the mouth of the Río Jaimanitas. Participants will
then progress to a two-loop bike course through urban Havana and
points north. The 90-kilometer route passes historic sites such as the
Plaza de la Revolución, Fortaleza de San Carlos de la Cabaña, and the
Museo de la Revolución. At the conclusion of the biking, athletes will
contest a 42-kilometer run along the famous seaside Malecón, enjoying
picturesque views of the ocean and the legendary Hotel Nacional.
Runners will pass the Momumento a Calixto García and José Martí
Stadium on the way to the finish line at the magnificent Tribuna

Professional athletes will compete for 50,000 convertible Cuban pesos
and a chance to drive away an authentic Volga GAZ-M20 Pobeda.

“The remarkable history of our resilient people will place perspective
on the hardships faced by the extreme triathletes,” remarked Miguel
Figueras, Senior Advisor to the Minister of Tourism. “We are welcome
to open the doors of Cuba and sell our wonderful rum and cigars to all
who are able to come.”

Registration for the 2010 Volga Ironman Cuba presented by Cerveceria
Bucanero will open at midnight EST on 15 April 2010. The 2,000-person
capacity race is expected to fill within hours. For more information
and to register quickly, please visit with your internet browser”

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