Last Sunday marked one of Cozumel’s most important sporting events, the Ford Ironman Cozumel 2013.  In spite of inclement weather several days prior, over  2,500 competitors and their fans arrived from all over the world to participate in the event, and cheer on the athletes.  The Cozumel Ironman is considered to be the second most popular in the Ironman events, bested only by the original Kona, Hawaii destination.  The Cozumel event started at   6:40 am at Chankanaab Park with a modified 1.9 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bicycle circuit that laps the island, and finally a 26.2 marathon ending in Parque Andres Quintana Roo.  This is the 5th year Cozumel island has proudly hosted the event.

Due to strong north winds, port closures and varying conditions in the days preceding the competition, the event was held with a modified, or shortened, swim course of 1.93 miles.  Additionally, due to favorable currents, a majority of competitors reported significantly faster swim times.

The Ironman Cozumel is considered the beginning of Cozumel’s high season, and local merchants and restaurants are reporting high levels of activity, while hotel occupancy rates were around 93% over the weekend.

This story originally appeared in the weekly Cozumel 4 You NEWS – the island’s number one source of positive information about our island!  Be sure and subscribe to the weekly NEWS to find out all the island events!…

Laura Wilkinson

Author at Cozumel 4 You
An ex-Connecticut Yankee who has called Cozumel home for over 18 years, Laura ran away to the Caribbean years ago, bumped around the islands teaching SCUBA diving, lost some time in Jamaica, and finally stopped in Cozumel for a 2 week vacation that hasn’t ended yet. With a degree in Journalism from a fancy private college she convinced her parents to pay for, Laura writes, edits, and creates the weeklyCozumel 4 You news,social media, and promotional articles about the island, as well as moderates the Cozumel 4 You Facebook group, which currently has over 25,000 members. Her long suffering husband, Fabian, has long since resigned himself to having zero private life, as he’s been involved in her various schemes and plots since his arrival. Proud parents to a variety of rescue dogs and cats, Laura continues to be the bane of her traditional Mexican mother-in-law’s existence, as she muses her way through life in the Mexican Caribbean.
Una ex yanqui de Connecticut quien llama hogar a Cozumel desde hace más de 15 años. Laura escapó al Caribe hace años, desplazándose de una isla a otra dando clases de BUCEO. Se dedicó a perder el tiempo en Jamaica y finalmente se detuvo en Cozumel para pasar unas vacaciones de 2 semanas que aún no terminan. Convenciendo a sus padres que pagaran una elegante universidad privada, obtuvo su título en Periodismo y Laura crea semanalmente Cozumel 4You, medios sociales y artículos promocionales sobre la Isla y también es moderadora en el grupo Cozumel 4 You en Facebook que actualmente cuenta con 25,000 miembros. Fabián, s umuy tolerante marido, desde hace mucho tiempo se resignó a no tener vida privada, pues se ha visto implicado en los diversos proyectos y planes que urde Laura. Son orgullosos padres de diversos perros y gatos rescatados. Mientras contempla su paso a través de la vida en el Caribe mexicano,Laura continúa siendo la pesadilla en la existencia de su muy tradicional suegra mexicana.

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