By the Numbers: Ironman Triathlon

Only 1,800 qualifiers and lottery winners make it to the Ford Ironman World Championship starting line in Kona out of the tens of thousands who try to get there. The world- famous triathlon, which combines a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile marathon run, will be held this year on Oct. 9.

Source: World Triathlon Corp., based on 2009 Championship

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