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The Woodlands Readies for Ironman Texas

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$100,000 prize purse and 75 age group qualifying slots for Kona up for grabs at Saturday’s race.

The streets of The Woodlands will be full Saturday as 2,800 participants compete in the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas.

Saturday’s race will not only bring an impressive pro lineup featuring elites like Americans Chris Lieto and Linsey Corbin, but also athletes from 47 other states and 33 countries from around the world, ranging in age from 18 to 70.

The ultra-distance competition consists of a 2.4-mile swim in Lake Woodlands, a 112-mile bike course, and ends with a 26.2-mile run course at Market Street. The race offers a total professional prize purse of $100,000 and 75 age group qualifying slots for the 2011 Ford Ironman World Championship, to be held on Oct. 8 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

The event will start Saturday morning with a swim in Lake Woodlands, then a bike course and will finish with a run that concludes on Market Street.

The Woodlands Township announced that it would host the race last June and has a five-year contract with the World Triathlon Corporation.

Read more: Houston Chronicle