BOULDER, Colo. - Thousands of world-class athletes are making their way to Boulder’s Ironman Village for this weekend’s big race. More than 3,000 competitors have registered, making it the largest Ironman in the world.
“When you come across that finish line after swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles and running 26.2 miles there's something that happens to your persona. Now I am an ironman. It's something that never leaves you,” said Ironman Boulder Race Director, Dave Christen.
Laura Gagel, a competitor from Charlotte, North Carolina has completed the Ironman course 17 times but says she still gets nervous before the big day.
“Not just butterflies in the stomach. It feels even more intense than that,” she said.
The Ironman Village at Boulder High School will host fans and athletes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and throughout the race Sunday. The triathlon begins at the Boulder Reservoir and will continue on Larimer and Weld County roads. It will come to an end midnight near Pearl Street where spectators can cheer on the racers as they finish the ultimate test of endurance.