Ironman competition brings economic boost to Augusta

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Augusta, Ga. (WJBF) – More than 3,600 people are registered for the 8th annual Ironman competition here in Augusta.

The competition is the country’s largest half ironman and during the triathlon participants will compete in swimming, biking and running.

The financial impact of the weekend is expected to bring in 4.7 million dollars in revenue.

Augusta Sports Council CEO Stacie Adkins says everyone can benefit from the competition.

“There are guest staying in Columbia County, Richmond County, and Aiken County. The bike course is in Aiken and the swim competition is in the river and the run will take place downtown so all three counties will benefit. Some may benefit more than others but all will get touched in some fashion,” Adkins said.

Restaurants like Mellow Mushroom are already receiving guest on Broad Street where participants will be running in the race.

So far teams have traveled from as far as Honduras to participate in the annual competition.

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