Memphis named finalist for Ironman competition

Memphis among finalists for Ironman competition

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The hunt is on for the next location for an Ironman competition.

Ironman is a triathalon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and competitors finish it all off with running a marathon.

These competitions are held all over the world and the next Ironman, or woman, could be crowned in Memphis.

Monday a pep rally was held at Shelby Farms for Ironman representatives final site visit before announcing their selection for their first new location in the U.S. since 2014. The competition will take place in the spring or summer of next year.

“For us we were looking for the center part of the U.S. that way people can come from all over the country and Memphis certainly meets that,” Keats McGonigal said.

It wouldn’t be all visitors competing, Memphis has its’ own impressive endurance community.

“I’m a member of Memphis Thunder Racing, it’s a triathalon club,” local competitor Sean Hunt said. “To have it here and be out on this lake and ride around these streets the ones I do all the time, I think everyone would just absolutely love it."

Memphis and Shelby County Tourism leaders are looking for Monday’s pep rally to put them over the edge and land a $10 million economic impact for the city.

The Bluff City is up against Des Moines, Tulsa, and Fayetteville for the competition.

A final decision will be made in June.

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