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Preview: A test of (superhuman) enduranceIronman Jeju turns up the heat
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승인 2011.07.06  10:10:51
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Douglas MacDonald’s full story will be in print and online at the end of the week. -- Ed.

Wave after wave of swimmers raced across the sand and dove headfirst into the sea.

Arms churned as bodies sliced through the waves in a long line that went as far as my eyes could see. Then, they turned around and began to make their way back to the beach. Heads bobbed to the side as they took in fresh breaths of air.

Finally, great splashes of water sprayed everywhere as the swimmers reached the shore, a mixture of grim determination and cheerful smiles etched across their faces. A series of cheers erupted from the crowd waiting for them on the beach as they raced across the sand once again to their bikes for the next leg of the competition.

This was the scene at Hwasun Beach where nearly 1,100 men and women took part in the 2011 Ironman Korea Jeju Triathlon. Participants swam 3.8 km, bicycled 180.2 km, and ran 42.2 km for a total of 226.195 km on a difficult course that wound its way over rolling hills between Daejeong-eup and Jeju World Cup Stadium in Seogwipo. ...

▲ Photo by Douglas MacDonald
▲ Photo by Douglas MacDonald
▲ Photo by Douglas MacDonald
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