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Accenture IRONMAN 70.3 California was originally an IRONMAN event in 2000 and 2001 and completely held on Camp Pendleton; after 9/11, the race was turned into one of the first IRONMAN 70.3 events and helped launch the popularity of the brand
The city of Oceanside worked alongside Camp Pendleton to accommodate the race, going so far as to allow the one and only time of the year that anyone is allowed to swim in Oceanside Harbor.
The bike portion still goes through the rolling hills of Camp Pendleton but also takes one along the coastal beauty of the San Clemente State Parks. The route takes the cyclists down to view the Oceanside Pier which is one of the longest fishing piers in California.
The run portion takes the athlete along the strand to view the miles of white, sandy beaches and next to the amphitheatre that used to be a swim plunge. The runners will enjoy heading down to the southern tip of Oceanside where one feels that they have stepped into a Scandinavian fairytale with the architecture of the homes. The finish line will make one feel like a champion as they finish on the strand, with the pier in sight and spectators everywhere.
A uniqueness of the race is that half of the volunteer staff comes from units on Camp Pendleton. The presence of the military and being cared for cannot help but make one proud of our servicemen and women.