Ironman week in Augusta is one of our favorites every year. The city is buzzing with excitement and athletes from around the world are swimming, biking and running through our city in preparation for their 70.3 mile journey to greatness.

After several years of cheering on local athletes as they race to the finish, we've learned a thing or two about the best places to watch. We've also got the inside scoop on things you won't want to miss while you're in our city.

 

The Swim

The swim course starts at 6th Street at the Savannah River at the Riverfront Marina. Athletes swim for 1.2 miles (with the current - so expect record swim times!) along the shoreline until they exit at the Augusta Rowing Complex.

 

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Local Pro Tip: If you want a good view of the river and all of the swimmers at the start, head to the 5th Street Bridge and watch them swim beneath the bridge. Click Here to See the Swim Course Map.

 

The Bike

The 56 mile course begins at the transition area at the Augusta Rowing Complex and takes athletes through both Georgia and South Carolina before ending back at the same transition area.

Local Pro Tip: It's a bit of a hike to watch the swim start and be there for transition, but if you want to be there for both, find a spot just outside of the Augusta Rowing Complex to see them off! Click Here to See the Bike Course Map.

 

The Run

The run course through downtown Augusta is pretty flat and loops twice before ending at the Augusta Common.

 

Men's leader by over 6 min!

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Local Pro Tip: Stay on 9th street during the run portion. You can walk from Greene Street to Broad Street to Reynolds Street and back as they loop through downtown. And when it's time to cross the finish line you're only half a block away! Click Here to View the Run Course Map.

Tracking your athlete: Athlete tracking is only available on race day. Visit ironman.com and click on ‘Live Coverage’ at the top of the page and select the correct race. Select ‘Athlete Tracker’ and you can search by bib number or last name.