Asheville’s pitch to Ironman: Stunning natural beauty perfect for run, bike, swim


Asheville has submitted its application to the organizers of the official Ironman triathlon as the city makes a bid to host the big event next year. Here’s a video that summarizes Asheville’s bid. In short, city officials and star athletes like cyclist Lauren Tamayo and runner Anne Lundblad say Asheville is perfect because of its natural assets – the scenic mountains, roads and lakes. Check it out.
Background here on Asheville’s interest in bringing an Ironman triathlon to town.


Triguy_SC May 28, 2013 - 2:59 pm

Perhaps if you want to go to the trouble of creating a professional video, you could at least get the order of events correct.

Hint: It is Swim, Bike Run, not Bike, Run, Swim.

I agree that Ironman events would draw huge amounts of money into the local economy. As a two-time Ironman, I know what I spend in the local economies while I am travelling to compete. Anyway, I think the video just comes across as a desperate plea for someone (anyone)to notice you.

cranky May 13, 2013 - 10:04 am

Ummmm… Mayor Bellamy – you have massive runs in your stockings – probably as close to running as Gantt gets….. that was bad 🙁

There really is no place to train for swimming here. That is all.

Murphy May 10, 2013 - 9:13 am

AVL is beyond needing “publicity” …

hauntedheadnc May 10, 2013 - 11:45 am

You sure about that? The state legislature has made it their life’s mission to kill Asheville, or at the very least beat it into submission and economic recession. Asheville needs all the help it can get to survive in the face of an openly hostile state government, let alone grow and possibly even somewhat thrive in that kind of political climate.

Murphy May 8, 2013 - 2:11 pm

How much will this event cost the taxpayers of AVL … the Council claims serious budget shortfalls.

hauntedheadnc May 8, 2013 - 4:14 pm

How much more money will the publicity bring in? Sometimes you have to spend money to make money.

Jacque May 9, 2013 - 9:31 am

Might this event make money for the city and local businesses?

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