Wallethub ranks Madison as #6 on its list of healthiest cities. It takes into consideration the variety of fitness activities available, the cost to get and stay fit, and the resources found in town. With this in mind, it seems appropriate that Madison will again host the Ironman Wisconsin competition this weekend. Athletes from around the country ranked Madison as the best for both the host city experience and the overall run in 2017. The Ironman Race organization calls Madison endearing, for its Midwestern hospitality, experienced, for Madison's big-city skills for hosting events, and energetic, for the rambunctious crowds and after-race party the city provides. This year, Madison will be up to the challenge, and provide another beautiful, green course, and an energetic crowd to cheer on the athletes.
Registration is closed, but the Ironman is a perfect event for spectators. Head to downtown Madison on Sunday morning and watch the race start at 7 a.m. It begins at Olin Park Beach. After swimming, athletes bike through town, around Oregon and Paoli, and return past the Alliant Energy Center to Olin Park. Then they run the Monona Loop, making it very easy for spectators to view the race from the many parks and paths along the way. The finish line is at Olin Park.
Spectators are encouraged! Spend time at the park, enjoy watching the athletes, and visit the race tent and vendors. The Ironman race is in its 40th year, and it always brings some impressive athletes, and some memorable viewing to Madison. You won't want to miss Madison's chance to shine.