Competitive Maybe, But Are You an Ironman?

What you may not know about Wall Street is that sometimes traders race for more than just returns.

They also race for the thrill of victory.

So you can be sure that when the Ironman United States Championship kicks off in August 2012, a slew of Wall Street pros will do battle - just like an average day down in the pits.

Well maybe not exactly like a day in the pits.

According to the Ironman website, the 140.6-mile race will take place in parts of both New York City and New Jersey, making it the most metropolitan environment ever to host an Ironman. The course will include a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River; a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland Counties; and a 26.2-mile run beginning in Fort Lee, New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan

Approximately 2,500 athletes from around the globe are expected to participate in the 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship with an expected economic impact of approximately $50 million for the tri-state area.

“We have been working for seven years to bring an Ironman to the metro area and it’s finally here,” said John Korff, organizer of the New York City Triathlon. “New York City and the surrounding tri-state community is a hotbed for triathlon, and we are thrilled to partner with Ironman and local officials to bring a new world-class race to the streets of New York and New Jersey.”

Athletes competing in the new annual race can qualify for the 2012 Ironman World Championship, taking place on Oct.13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship will offer 75 age group qualifying slots to Kona, more than any other North American race. Additionally, there will be a prize purse of $100,000 for distribution among the top professional male and female finishers.

Registration opens on Wednesday, June 15, at noon ET at

Hear more from Dan Matheson, co- founder of Robin Hood Endurance, Steve Meckfessel, COO of The World triathlon Corporation, and John Korff, president of Korff Enterprises and organizer of the Nautica New York City triathlon.

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