Athletes are tasked with an intense course including a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run.
- Well, after skipping a year, the Galveston Half Iron-- marathon-- Or Half Ironman, I'm sorry. I'm just making up titles. Half Ironman returns today.
- I have a friend running today. It's beautiful weather for that. Those participating this morning will be not only running, they'll be biking and swimming to the finish line. ABC13 reporter TJ Parker is there live. TJ, I don't see you in your wet suit suit this morning.
But I know you're talking about COVID--
TJ PARKER: And you will not see me.
- I know you're talking about COVID protocols, and they are doing so much. I've heard the racecourse looks incredible out there.
TJ PARKER: Yeah, and a lot of people out here this morning. Good morning to you guys. And also this is the first Ironman this year across the country, happening this morning here in Galveston. Already you see a lot of people this morning here at Moody Gardens. Getting ready for the race this morning, of course.
As you had mentioned, things will look a little different this year with COVID-19 protocols in place. There will be enhanced hygiene, with hand sanitizing stations and staff wearing masks. Volunteers will also be educating participants on proper protocol. They are also spacing out athletes, more with density reduction. And interaction will be limited between staff and participants, such as athlete check-in and transition points.
As far as the race goes, it starts here on Hope Boulevard and winds really across the island before participants make their way back. And it is very intense. A 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride, and then 13.1 mile run, all winding back here to Moody Gardens. A lot of people out here this morning, up bright and early.
It is recommended that athletes are wearing-- or do wear their masks as they participate, as the events go on this morning. So a lot being done to keep everybody safe and healthy for this Ironman. The first Ironman of 2021, guys, this year here--
TJ PARKER: --in Galveston.