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New York City Ironman Event Sets Record With $895 Entrance Fee

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June 14 (Bloomberg) -- The inaugural New York City Ironman race will cost $895 for a general entry, making it the world’s most-expensive triathlon.

Officials at World Triathlon Corp., Ironman’s parent company, disclosed the entry fee today on the event’s website, a day before entries will be accepted to the Aug. 11, 2012, race.

A typical Ironman race costs $575.

The higher entry price is due to operating costs related to staging the first 140.6-mile (226.2-kilometer) competition in the New York metropolitan area, Ironman officials said. Athletes will race through parts of New York City and suburbs in New York and New Jersey.

In addition to paying for permits, organizers must lease six barges to be placed in the Hudson River for the start of the 2.4-mile swim. A platform also will be constructed across the river to enable swimmers to exit the water and begin the 112-mile bike leg in Fort Lee, New Jersey.

Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The field will consist of about 2,500 professional and amateur athletes, organizers said.

The Hudson River swim will be followed by a bike ride from the Palisades Parkway on the west side of the Hudson to Fort Lee, after looping through New Jersey’s Bergen and New York’s Rockland counties. The race concludes with a 26.2-mile run from Fort Lee to Riverside Park in Manhattan.

Competitors have 17 hours to finish.

To contact the reporters on this story: Michael Buteau in Bethesda, Maryland, at mbuteau@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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