can some one please answer the question of when is an iron man not an iron man. I am contemplating doing an iron man next year and after looking around at all the races I am confused , with a lot of iron distance races around but only a few under the iron man banner what is the difference between them. eg challenge Weymouth or iron man uk ? Do you have to do an official titled iron man race to be an iron man ? hope some one can help.
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cost is a huge issue - when you compare something like Big Woody to IMUK then it looks pretty insane. i'm not really a fan of 'big' races (the idea of london, windsor, blenheim, etc leave me a bit cold), but i took part in IM sweden last year and the experience was immense.
the crowds, the support and organisation before an after, all made it feel like an event that you were fortunate to be a part of. if i ever do one again then i think i'd save my pennies for a challenge or an IM branded on, just for the crowds.
having said that... the challenge of a horseman or celtman also appeals, for the ridiculous climbing and running up a mountain...
You do the distance you are an Ironman regardless of who is organising it !!
dont know your goals but If you want to try and qualify for Hawaii, you have to do this at an official Ironman sanctioned race