Dr. Joseph Maroon, clinical professor of neurosurgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Heindl Scholar in Neuroscience recently participated in the Ironman race in Muncie, Indiana. This is a triathlon consisting of a 1.2 mile lake swim, a 56 mile bike and a 13.3 mile run. 1976 athletes from all over the United States competed for one of the 30 slots for the Ironman 70.3 World Championship to be held August 30, 2015 in Zell am See-Kaprun, Austria.
These 30 qualifying slots are awarded to the top two finishers in each age group. As a second place finisher, Dr. Maroon qualified for the world championship race in the glacier covered mountains by Lake Zell in Austria on August 30, 2015. More than 1800 athletes from around the world who qualified at another Ironman races will compete at this prestigious event. More than 90,000 athletes compete for the championship, a series which consists of over 50 events in locations such as Australia, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Participants in the Ironman 70.3 World Championship will range from 18 to 70+ years of age and will represent over 50 countries.
Dr. Maroon will be increasing his training regimen to compete on the new bike course which winds its ways through the Austrian Alps and the distractingly scenic run course that circumnavigates sparkling Lake Zell.