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Ironman Florida relocated to Polk following Hurricane Michael

Posted at 5:58 PM, Nov 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-02 17:58:23-04

HAINES CITY, Fla. — This weekend, an estimated 2,300 athletes from across the United States will test their strengths in Haines City for the 20th anniversary of Ironman Florida. After hurricane Michael hit the panhandle and Panama City, Haines City offered to host the event at Lake Eva community park.

The economic impact is estimated at $5 million to $10 million. The Ironman Foundation is also donating to the relief efforts for hurricane Michael.

Athletes ABC Action News spoke with said they are excited but nervous.

“Every aspect of your life is better. Your family life is better. Your business life is better. Your spiritual life. Your emotional life,” said Tom Whitman about how he feels after completing the event. This will be the New Jersey native’s second time partaking in the Ironman competition.