NEW YORK, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Real estate developer, Elie Hirschfeld today announced that he will participate in Saturday's inaugural 2012 Ironman U.S. Championship, a 140.6-mile race which will take place in parts of both New York City and New Jersey, making it the most metropolitan environment ever to host an Ironman.
Mr. Hirschfeld has completed over 75 triathlons as well as many rigorous sports activities – including the Israman Ironman Triathlon, the Mooseman N.H. Half Ironman, the NYC Marathon, the Paris France Triathlon, the Brooklyn Bridge East River Swim and the Top of Rock Center Run Up. The course will include a 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River; a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland Counties; and a 26.2-mile run beginning in New Jersey and finishing in Riverside Park in Manhattan. Participation is limited to 2,500 participants. Elie Hirschfeld at the age of 62 is amongst the oldest participants.
"I am a proud born and bred New Yorker, and there's no way that I as an Ironman could pass up the opportunity to compete in this inaugural Ironman American championship. After I was the oldest competitor to participate in the 2010 Israman Ironman Distance Triathlon I decided to retire – but when I learned this amazing event was coming to my great city I had to come back and 'unretired' from Ironman triathlons. I am so excited for this weekend," said Elie Hirschfeld. "I find tremendous personal satisfaction in competing and am sure this event will only grow in size in the years to come."
Elie Hirschfeld trained extensively for the triathlon in a building he owns - Sports Club LA East, and was also granted special permission by his friend and business associate Donald Trump to train up and down 90 stories of New York City's tallest residential tower: Trump World Tower at 845 U.N. Plaza.
Elie Hirschfeld is a diverse New Yorker, a real estate developer with projects including Park Avenue Court, the Hotel Pennsylvania, the Crowne Plaza Hotel, and Park Avenue Court. He has co-produced of Broadway shows including Passing Strange, Oleanna, and Equus.
Mr. Hirschfeld is also an avid art collector, collecting original art scenes of New York City, and a Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude graduate of Brown University. Elie Hirschfeld is a generous donor to many charities via the Elie Hirschfeld Foundation. More information is available at www.hirschfeldnyc.com or www.hirschfeldsport.com
SOURCE Elie Hirschfeld