IRONMAN Florida Returns to Panama City Beach Location

Elyse Gallegos wins IRONMAN Florida in her age group in 2017.
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The 21st IRONMAN Florida triathlon returns to Panama City Beach for the 20th year, making it one of the longest-running IRONMAN events in North America.

Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing saved the 20th IRONMAN Florida event last year because of damage to the bike and run route from Hurricane Michael.

IRONMAN Florida is known for its flat and fast course with the scenic Gulf of Mexico and the lush Florida landscape as backdrops. The final leg of the biking and running events take place next to the emerald blue waters of the Gulf.

The 140.6-mile endurance event takes place Saturday, Nov.2, and features 3,000 registered athletes from 50 states and 64 countries. The event contributes over $10 million to the local economy annually and generates an estimated 15,000 hotel room nights.

Country music star Ryan Kinder, who performed at a benefit concert on Thursday, will race IRONMAN Florida with TEAM IMF.

The IRONMAN Foundation has established multiple initiatives to continue Hurricane Michael relief efforts, which devastated Panama City Beach and the surrounding Bay County in October 2018. The foundation will distribute $125,000 to nonprofit initiatives and groups in the Panama City region, bringing the total awarded to date to $1,030,200, in conjunction with IRONMAN 70.3 Gulf Coast and IRONMAN Florida.

The 2019 IRONMAN Florida will offer 40 qualifying slots to the 2020 Vega IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.