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Israman 2013 gallery
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Posted on: Monday 28th January 2013

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How about something different next year in your iron-distance calendar? If you are looking for a challenge, Israman Samsung in in Eilat, Israel should be able to meet your needs, a race with 'Are you tough enough?' as its tagline. 3,000+ metres of climbing on the bike explains why.

José Luis Hourcade was in Israel to capture this years race (which took place on Friday) for us, and has provided this great image gallery from the event, won by perhaps the most experienced iron-distance athlete in the world, Petr Vabrousek (CZE), a man for whom 15 or more full distance races in a season is the norm...


(All images are copyright José Luis Hourcade)

At the break of dawn last Friday, January 25th 2013, another long distance triathlon race was taking place. As it has since 1999, the Israman Samsung ( race was set on the amazing shores of the Red Sea in the southern resort city of Eilat, Israel.

Israman 2013 ©José Luis Hourcade

Israman has grown and gained international recognition over the years, with 1103 participants in 2013, pro and amateur, across the Full (149), Half (593), Relays (344) and even a short 'Israkids' event. The event attracted participants from 17 countries, in addition to the large local contingent.

The swim took place in the calm, crystal clear water of the Red Sea. The water temperature was around 21degrees Celsius which was ideal for swimming.  

The cycling was the most challenging and unique aspect of the Israman - with over 3,000 meters of climbing. It began with a steep 10 kilometer climb from Eilat city into the mountains that are overlooking Eilat and the Arava valley. The rest of the bike course passed through rolling hills accompanied by strong wind gusts.

The run begun on the top of a mountain and descended down to Eilat. The first 10 kilometers are a steep downhill. Athletes were to expect fast pace but fatigued muscles. As the athletes ran down towards Eilat they could catch the incredible view of the Red Sea and the Eilat harbor.

As the competitors continued the rest of the running course in the city of Eilat, they have encountered thousands of fans, relatives and friends who didn't stop cheering until the last competitor to arrive.  

Each athlete that has crossed the finish line could see in front of him the three words which described best the essence of the incredible race he did: " I'm tough enough!"

Israman Results 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Petr Vabrousek (CZE) 10:22:38 Dora Heller (ISR) 12:41:42
2nd Bart Candel (NED) 10:23:32 Irina Mazin (ISR) 13:01:12
3rd Marc Pschebizin (GER) 10:28:27 Keren Meretz (ISR) 13:06:58

Israman Half Results 2013

Pos Men Women
1st Lior Zach Maor (ISR) 5:12:19 Nina Pekerman (ISR) 5:43:45
2nd Anders Stampe (DEN) 5:19:16 Oriane Hertz (ISR) 6:38:12
3rd Maarten van Kooij (NED) 5:20:18 Liliach Bar-Natan (ISR) 6:40:26


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