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Ironman Lanzarote, one of the longest-standing Ironmans in Europe, is known as one of the toughest courses that covers the distance. On Saturday, 1,600 athletes took on the brutally hot course for bragging rights and a shot at one of 40 qualifying slots to the 2017 Ironman World Championship. First competitors took to the two-lap swim course at Playa Grande, Puerto del Carmen. Then it was onto the toughest part of the day—the bike course. It’s well known for strong winds and leads athletes around the island with over 2,551 meters of climbing. Finally, the two-lap run course led competitors along the flat sea front of Puerto del Carmen, toward the airport and back.