For the first time ever, world-class athletes are flying into western Massachusetts to compete in the Ironman. “We’re amped up. There’s going to be like 1,200 to 1,400 athletes, high-level athletes, participating in this event and their families,” said Springfield Police spokesperson Ryan Walsh.
This Sunday, western Massachusetts will welcome some of the top athletes in the world to participate in the first-ever Ironman Western Massachusetts. At the Springfield Police Department, it’s a week full of preparation before these athletes will swim, bike, and run for a total of 70.3 miles before crossing the finish line. “A lot of them will likely be doing training in the days leading up, like getting acclimated to the course, so they’re going to be out there with our officers,” Walsh added.