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PATAGONMAN is the answer for all those triathletes who really love nature

and the journey to discover new natural wonders.

This race was created in a moment when triathlon was booming worldwide. More and more races were showing up like mushrooms after the rain but there was a group of people trying to maintain the sport pure, true and full of positive principles. It was thanks to those people that PATAGONMAN and other extreme triathlon races were born.

 

PATAGONMAN was created with the support of Norseman. Norseman started in 2003 and grew fast enough to be considered today one of the most important triathlon on Earth and ended up developing a whole new category of races, the Xtri or Extreme Triathlon Races. In order to secure a great standard for this races Norseman, Swissman and Celtman created the Xtri World Tour of which PATAGONMAN is proud to have been invited to be part of.

This race is about maintaining the sport pure, bringing triathlon back to its roots and challenging the human body to its limits in a constant connection with nature.

THE BEGINNING OF A DREAM

At their early thirties a group of three Chilean triathletes passionate about the sport and nature, were constantly debating between two of their greatest loves: practicing triathlon and traveling the world to see natural wonders. It was then that they discovered Aysén, the jewel of Patagonia. Aysén is an isolated region, a unique place on earth… it is wild and extreme as itself and it is arguably one of the most beautiful places on the planet.

 

Here is how Ignacio Valdivieso (one of the founders) described his idea:

 

“I wanted to create something unique, something that can only be done by real triathletes and that can only be done here, in one of the wildest scenarios of the world. Let the participants experience the journey through landscapes with no parallel, let them be amazed by nature, let them see wildlife and wilderness as they power themselves up through the country of glaciers and mountains, through the land of pumas and condors… in search of their physical boundaries, the boundaries that can only be surpassed when in perfect harmony of mind, body and soul.”

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PATAGONMAN is a point to point race starting in the western part of Aysén, one of the most southern regions of Latin America, then leading east to finish at the eastern part of this region. The course starts at the scenic Aysén Fjord, close to Puerto Chacabuco and finishes at the impressive General Carrera Lake. The course across Patagonia is both breathtakingly beautiful and extremely challenging.

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