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Cozumel Becomes Ironman Paradise in Fall

Every fall, triathletes descend upon Cozumel to take part in one of the most challenging and beautiful courses on the Ironman circuit: Ironman Cozumel. They immerse themselves in everything Cozumel, from its crystalline waters to its unique culture, and come out with rave reviews of both the Ironman race and the island.


Those visiting Cozumel during the Ironman 70.3 race on September 30, or the full Mazda Ironman Cozumel event on November 18, will want to listen to what these supreme athletes have to say about the island and, of course, Cozumel Palace.


For starters, Ironman Cozumel athletes have clearly spoken about the stature the race has built within their ranks. The event took home four Ironman Athlete’s Choice Awards from the 2017 event, including Best Host City Experience, Best Overall Swim, Best Overall Bike and the Will Recommend to a Friend award.


Individual Ironmen and Ironwomen are even more complimentary of the event which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary this year.


Miguel Castillo, 30, participated in four Ironman Cozumel races, and says the event is his favorite because it combines the physical beauty of the island paradise with its challenging road courses.

“The starting point at Chankanaab Park might be the best swimming course in the world. The water visibility is very clear and there are almost never waves so you can swim fast,” he said.

Beyond the beauty and challenge of Ironman Cozumel, Castillo said the island races represent a perfect opportunity to piggyback a post-race vacation to help relax and enjoy the total experience. He says many Ironmen take the opportunity to book stays at Cozumel Palace to make the most of their trip.

“You can arrive on Cozumel island a couple of days before your race, train without interruption, complete your race, and then spend a couple of days relaxing with all Cozumel has to offer afterwards.”

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San Francisco web developer Lynne Tye and her boyfriend did exactly that in their first Ironman competition last year. She wrote about the experience on her blog.


“We stayed at Cozumel Palace… and I loved it (t)here. It is literally across the street from the Convention Center, and a block or two from the finish line. The food is great, the staff is incredible, and you can get room service at 5 a.m. before the restaurants open. Perfecto.”


Cozumel Palace knows that even Ironmen and Ironwomen need pampering. Guests can rest easy in gorgeous suites overlooking pristine Caribbean waters, while they enjoy delicious meals at any of the several restaurants at the resort.


After a day of enduring the elements in Cozumel, guests can treat sore, exhausted muscles to a deep-tissue massage at Cozumel Palace Awe Spa. For an even more unique experience, they can try the intriguing Fish Spa Experience where Garra Rufa fish, also known as “Doctor fish,” remove dead, calloused skin from triathlon-exhausted feet.


Here is the sporting events schedule for this fall in Cozumel

Cozumel's Ironman 70.3 (September 30)

The Ironman “starter” series, if you like, is the Ironman 70.3. The triathlon includes 1.2 miles of ocean swimming, 56 miles of biking, and 13.1 miles of running.


Cozumel Triathlon (October 6)


Up to 1,000 triathletes are scheduled to take part in the Triatlón Cozumel, which serves as a fantastic prep for the main Ironman Cozumel in November.


GFNY Cozumel (November 11)

The Gran Fondo New York brings cycling to Cozumel in what is the most international cycling event in Mexico, with over 50 countries represented. Perfect to shore up your cycling ahead of the main event a week later.


Ironman Cozumel (November 18)

The main event, not to be missed. In total, Ironman Cozumel includes a 2.4 mile swim, 112-mile bicycle race, and 26.22 mile run.

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