This weekend, the 31st running of Ironman New Zealand will feature a pro race with returning champions and international fields. The event, which has been in the town of Taupo on New Zealand’s North Island since 1999, has been dominated by one man: Cameron Brown. The ten-time champion knows the course like the back of his hand. It starts with a freshwater lake swim in Lake Taupo followed by a two-loop bike that passes through forests and a spectator-crowded three-loop run course.
The Men’s Race
Highlighting the men’s professional start list is 10-time Ironman New Zealand champion and Kiwi Cam Brown. He last won the race in 2011, and, at age 42, he’s nearing the end of his career, but he’s been on the podium at this race every year for 15 years, so we might see an incredible 11th win.
His toughest competition will come from countryman and 2008 Ironman 70.3 world champ Terenzo Bozzone, who’s fresh off of an impressive win over a deep pro field at the half-iron-distance Challenge Dubai...