Subject: RE: Ironman Arizona : Official Thread
TheNoid - 2009-11-28 9:50 AM Congrats everyone on a great race!! I am registered for next year and cannot wait. It will be my first Full IM.
Any tips on hotels for the event? I was thinking the Courtyard Marriott as it is only a half mile from the start. I also heard the Best Western is good but a little further. I would like to be close to $100 but can swing up to $150 if it is worth it.
What is parking like if I do stay a few miles from the start?
Seems like it is tough to get some of the finisher gear if you come in late. What time did they open the tent to sell Finisher gear? I don't want to miss it but am probably looking at around 13 - 14 hours. Maybe I can have my wife buy my gear while I am running. Is there much of a concern with selling out?
I got a condo with Hotwire.com
(Legacy Golf Resort
) and paid $100 a night. It was really comfortable because it had a full kitchen with the pots and pans, jacuzzi, everything. Luxurious too. It's only fifteen minutes from the race site. Parking is not an issue and the finisher's store opened the day after the race at 7 am and I got there at 9:20 AM, almost everything was gone in my size. Next time, I'll be there earlier.
Train hard, a year seemed like a lot of time when I signed up, trust me it came in quickly.
Good luck, you will love it.