Clearwater Florida Hosts Ford Ironman 70.3 Again

Clearwater Florida – As luck would have it the 2007 Clearwater Ironman 70.3 Race past several popular Clearwater neighborhoods (Grovewood, Morningside, The Meadows) off Belcher Road this past Saturday.

What a site to behold. It was inspirational to all who watched it.

Several of the Clearwater neighborhood kids got their bikes out – dreaming…dreaming of racing like that one day. If only they understood what the almost 1500 racers signed up for. It’s hard to believe that this is actually only half a triathalon.

We even saw one participant, Maj. David Rozelle, an Iraq war veteran who is an amputee complete the race with one leg – it was so inspirational, especially in light of Monday being Veteran’s Day. All I could think was..”Thank you!”

We watched like cheerleaders at a high school game – swept up by the excitement of the challenge they’d undertaken and what these determined men and women were accomplishing.

They had already completed the the 1.2 mile swim and 50 of the 56 miles of biking through Clearwater. We heard their wheels literally whiz by as the cheering crowd rang cowbells and encouraged them on. We were watching from the 50 mile mark – the racers just had 6 more miles to go to get back to Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach – then they had to finish a 13.1 mile run.

Clearwater Florida – Ford Ironman 70.3 Race – November 10, 2007

The winner, Andy Potts won by completing the 70.3 mile course in an amazing 3 hours 42 minutes and 33 seconds – that’s impressive.
While they say the view only changes for the lead dog…in this case, each man and woman, regardless of place, achieved their own personal triumph.today, on a beautiful Clearwater day of 78 degrees, tenacity won over fatigue.
This is the second year in a row that the Ford Ironman 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater Florida and it’s easy to see why. Clearwater in November is the ideal place for all kinds of activities outside – just another example of why we love living here, in paradise!
For more info on the race:
City of Clearwater Ironman Info Posts

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5 Comments

  1. Thanks Cyndee for an interesting post. I think it does a lot of good for people, even if they are not in great shape, to go out and get in better shape. It’s cool that Clearwater has an event like that. I think we have a similar event in Pensacola where they do a bike/run/swim race all combined into 1 big event. I forget what it is called. Way too rigorous for me though.

  2. Ashley – it is the time of year in Clearwater EVERYONE loves. Just a great time to be outside or at Clearwater Beach as a participant or spectator – it’s great fun.

    Karl – Clearwater has done so much to support our outdoors. We have a bike / jogging trail from one end of our county to the other – it’s called the Pinellas Trail and it’s where a lot of locals start biking. I bet Pensacola would be a great place to be outdoors biking too!

  3. I would be the one to sit on the sidelines and admire the athletic ability of such a commited group. You took some great pictures!

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