Mountain View, California (EastBayDaily) — With the completion of Ironman® Florida in Panama City, FL, on Saturday, a big question looms for triathletes attending races around the world–where can a competitor book accommodations and save money at the same time? PerfectPlaces.com offers vacation rentals near major qualifying races, said Matt Smolsky, Marketing Manager at PerfectPlaces.com, and will offer discounts to the first 10 triathletes booking accommodations at qualifying races.
Ronnie Schildknecht, Switzerland, won the men’s division in 7:59:42 and Jessica Jacobs, USA, won the women’s in 8:55:10. They automatically qualify for the Ironman® World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, on October 13, 2012. There were also 2,500 athletes in age group divisions competing for 65 slots for the World Championship. Ironman Florida is one of 26 qualifying races held domestically and internationally. An Ironman distance triathlon consists of swimming 2.4 miles, biking 112 miles, and running 26.2 miles (a full marathon).
While many of the races are held in popular tourist destinations such as Panama City, some are held in locations that don’t have as many rental options. This, and the more complex needs of triathletes and other multi-sport athletes, make vacation rentals an ideal choice, according Smolsky.
Perfect Places will offer up to $500 off a booking at an Ironman qualifying race to the first 10 athletes who book reservations, Smolsky said. Accommodations for qualifying races fill up quickly, Smolsky said, so booking as early as possible will ensure savings and an ideal place to stay. Specific discounts will depend on the property and length of stay.
“When it comes to triathlons and other multi-sport events, vacation rentals have a natural advantage over other types of accommodations,” Smolsky said. “Triathletes and other multi-sport athletes have unique needs when it comes to accommodations.
“Athletes at this level have very specific nutritional requirements, more gear, and generally need to be in greater control of their surroundings. A vacation rental gives them that control,” Smolsky said. “Plus, triathletes require a lot of support from family and friends. More often than not, you’ll see a competitor arrive at the race with their spouse, kids, parents—whoever is in their support network. A vacation rental gives everyone room to spread out and enjoy the event.”
Smolsky’s thoughts are echoed by Nick Benoit of Knutson Associates, a leading property management company in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, site of the Ironman World Championship.
“The triathletes that stay with us like the fact that they have a full kitchen and can cook the food they’re supposed to eat for their training rather than going out,” Benoit said. “They like to store their bikes in their rooms directly. Most of our properties are on Ali’i Drive, so when they need to, they can just walk their bikes right down to the where the race starts.”
Benoit said the popularity of vacation rentals among multi-sport athletes is evidenced by their bookings. “We are booked 100% 8 months to a year in advance,” he said. “There are cancellations due to not qualifying for the Ironman or injuries, so rentals do open up during that time.” Benoit said race participants stay about 10 days on average.
If you’re interested in participating in an Ironman, here is a list of the upcoming races. If you’re planning on attending or participating in any of these races, be sure to book early. Both the races and vacation rentals fill up quickly.
Ford Ironman Arizona November 20, 2011 Tempe, AZ
Ford Ironman Cozumel November 27, 2011 Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico
Sunsmart Ironman Western Australia December 4, 2011 Busselton, Australia
Kellogs Nutri-Grain Ironman New Zealand March 3, 2012 Taupo, New Zealand
Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship – Melbourne March 25, 2012 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Spec-Savers Ironman South Africa April 22, 2012 Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Ford Ironman St. George May 5, 2012 St. George, UT
Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia May 6, 2012 Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia
Ironman Lanzarote Canarias May 19, 2012 Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain
Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas May 19, 2012 The Woodlands, Texas
Ironman Brasil Florianopolis May 27, 2012 Florianopolis Island, Brazil
Ironman Regensburg June 17, 2012 Regensburg, Germany
Ironman France June 24, 2012 Nice, France
Ford Ironman Coeur d’Alene June 24, 2012 Coeur d’Alene, ID
Karnten Ironman Austria July 1, 2012 Klagenfurt, Austria
Frankfurter Sparkasse Ironman European Championship July 8, 2012 Frankfurt, Germany
Ironman Switzerland July 15, 2012 Zurich, Switzerland
Ironman Lake Placid July 22, 2012 Lake Placid, NY
Ironman UK July 22, 2012 Bolton, Lancashire, England
Ironman US Championship August 11, 2012 New York, NY
Ironman Mont-Tremblant August 19, 2012 Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
Ironman Louisville August 26, 2012 Louisville, KY
Subaru Ironman Canada August 26, 2012 Penticton, BC, Canada
Ironman Wisconsin September 9, 2012 Madison, WI
Ironman Wales September 16, 2012 Pembrokeshire, Wales
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