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In the other thread BarryBevan mentioned how cool the Aid Stations are at IM Arizona.  It got me thinking what’s the unique or cool things about the IM race are you have done. I'm thinking more than just the swim is beautiful etc. What are some of the different things you have noticed at races you have done?

 IM Arizona - the themed aid stations were awesome. My fav was the NFL station with big screen TV live score updates and the ppl dressed in football gear

 IM Texas - had BBQ & Tacos in the recovery area

 IM Louisville - the small town out on the bike course. It had nothing to do with the race but the streets were lined with hay bales & it had a real country fair vibe. My family caught the free shuttle bus out there and spent a few hours. Also, the smell of American BBQ on the bike almost killed me.

IM Cozumel - the drunk supporters who all stagger off the cruise ships and go nuts. The all-inclusive resorts that really bring the IM participants together. Also a dolphin jumping out the water signals the start of the race.

IM Maryland - They really loved the race director he was like a rock star at the event. Unfortunately he died last year. They honoured him in the medal. I also like how they have a competition to design the medal

 IM Chattanooga - the food was amazing and the number of military, law enforcement and emergency services ppl supporting the race was impressive

I was going to do Ironman Wisconsin because the run throught the football stadium

So what are the different things you have noticed at races you have completed.

 

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Thought original Port, with three laps up to the Light House

OD in M, Hill billies with broke down pick up trucks and banjos

Lake Anna VA swimming in the run off water from the cooling tower Nuclear Plant

Running down Independence Ave with the Capitol building in the nations tri

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Don’t know if it’s the case at all events, but the first timers welcome from all the check in volunteers was pretty nice at port. 

Thinking back, they may have just been trying to drum up cow bell sales

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IMNZ at Taupo in the earlier days was if wet the cow shit in the road spray. There were a number of places where the cows crossed the road to milking twice a day. They have tunnels For the cows these days.

Taupo again the Whaka coming onto the beach at Dawn shortly before the swim start.

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1 hour ago, Crowies crushed nuts said:

Military lining the course at IM Vietnam 70.3 

The police every 30mtrs in a Chinese ironman 703

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3 hours ago, rory-dognz said:

IMNZ at Taupo in the earlier days was if wet the cow shit in the road spray. There were a number of places where the cows crossed the road to milking twice a day. They have tunnels For the cows these days.

Taupo again the Whaka coming onto the beach at Dawn shortly before the swim start.

IM NZ bike course was so bumpy, my teeth felt weird/numbish for a couple of days

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Dolphins swimming under your feet as you run across the bridge at Forster.

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Cows with cow bells ringing as you climb the hills off lake Zurich in Ironman Switzerland.

There are also people playing the alphorns in one of the villages further up the hill

The post race stein of beer in the hot tubs.

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If I hear that busso will be getting fly swats in the bags at check in then this will be unique and I’ll go round again down there! 
 

at least it will be something useful in the bag of goodies

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Hooksie's carbo load challenge at Taupo, pre-Jane – weigh in, eat, weigh again, prizes for male and female with the biggest gain.

Inaugural year meltdowns - Wanaka and Port Elizabeth were wild, but Busselton was in a league all by itself.

Solarberg at Roth - climb through a tunnel of people and sound that would be over the top even at the TdF.

Wanaka - volunteer escort runners along the outlet track, and after dark (began after the race director found a certain back of the packer climbing out of bushes and back onto the road after missing a turn :-).

Ballarat - kids cooking hot dogs on the baking hot asphalt at the bike turnaround.

Penticton - pensioners serenading runners returning on the long, dark, lonely course.

Florianopolis - compulsory dancing through the run aid stations.

Lanzarote - Club La Santa is a triathlon party house for the week.

Korea - scuba divers underneath you, acting as course marshals.

Taiwan (Challenge) - swimmers with noodles and lifebelts.

Klagenfurt - beer kegs at the aid stations.

 

 

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10 hours ago, Andrew #1 said:

Dolphins swimming under your feet as you run across the bridge at Forster.

 

10 hours ago, Andrew #1 said:

The Crocs sunning themselves on the mudbank said you cross the Mowbray River in Ironman Cairns ...

 

13 hours ago, Slunnie said:

Port - the Weir.

Yep, got to experience all of them...

Plus, the Cannon Gun Start & competing with the Legacy Athletes at the World Champs in Kona.

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Then of course there's the 'non-unique' things about IM racing...

The volunteers are pretty much always great and very encouraging.:clapping:

The Finish Line is always fantastic - and the later it gets, the better it is.:clap:

And most of all - the fact that IM Athletes always think of new and interesting ways of telling you what IM races they've done! :whistling:

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42 minutes ago, Go Easy said:

 

And most of all - the fact that IM Athletes always think of new and interesting ways of telling you what IM races they've done! :whistling:

Nice dig but that wasn't my intent for starting this thread. In an other thread I referred to Busso as being "vanilla" the stock standard avg Ironman.  People sooked. It got me thinking what makes different IM special. 

If you look at my original post in this thread there are plenty of IM race I have done and left them out because. Well they were nothing special. 

I had also forgot about the weir crossing in Port. That is something different.  

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The tunnel on the Eastlink during IM Melbourne.  And you got to experience it 4 times.

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Doing snow angels In a spectators front yard.  It was part of the run course and it was so humid and hot in New Hampshire that they guy turned in his snow machine.

those of us busted doing 2 hour run splits just sat in the snow.

got medal from Chrissie Wellington 🔥

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14 hours ago, Andrew #1 said:

The Crocs sunning themselves on the mudbank said you cross the Mowbray River in Ironman Cairns ...

When we first drove in to Pt Douglas, my wife and I thought the croc on the Mowbray river was a fake for tourists...until it moved

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1 hour ago, Jon said:

The tunnel on the Eastlink during IM Melbourne.  And you got to experience it 4 times.

Was going to mention the tunnel.

Cresting the little hill at Forster and seeing the finish line knowing you are turning right rather than going straight ahead.

MFD at Port.

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3 hours ago, Bored@work said:

Nice dig but that wasn't my intent for starting this thread. In an other thread I referred to Busso as being "vanilla" the stock standard avg Ironman.  People sooked. It got me thinking what makes different IM special. 

If you look at my original post in this thread there are plenty of IM race I have done and left them out because. Well they were nothing special.

Hahaha...  Bit defensive there Bored@ :lol:.
It's not like I've ever heard you talk about Ironman before :wink1:.

But the whistling emoji was because I'd mentioned some of the races that I'd done myself.

You've got to admit, talking about past IM's is a favourite pastime for many IM finishers.
But then again, I guess this is a triathlon forum :thumbsup:.

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2 hours ago, Jon said:

The tunnel on the Eastlink during IM Melbourne.  And you got to experience it 4 times.

Yeah, did that too.

1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

I always thought the kiss & medal from Karen Pini was a great way to finish Forster.

Yes, that was pretty special!
And at the Beer Mile at Port :thumbsup:

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I have only completed IMs in one location and have 15 HIM/long course at various NSW locations. 
 

The 400 metre finish line shute , down the hill and next to the beach, at Forster was magical. 
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1 hour ago, Nick777 said:

When we first drove in to Pt Douglas, my wife and I thought the croc on the Mowbray river was a fake for tourists...until it moved

There were four crocs sunning themselves or floating in the river adjacent to the Highway Crossing last time I was there (June last years); including one light grey coloured 4.5M behemoth. ...

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1 hour ago, Andrew #1 said:

There were four crocs sunning themselves or floating in the river adjacent to the Highway Crossing last time I was there (June last years); including one light grey coloured 4.5M behemoth. ...

They terrify me.

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I miss stopping at KFC on the run leg at Forster. 

The fish and chips at Port, just didn’t cut it for me. 

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