Triathlon participants waith for the start of the 3-km open water swim that kicks off the grueling all-day long race. ©Miyakojima Triathlon Executive Committee
- Local volunteers are cheering up the competitors all the way. ©Miyakojima Triathlon Executive Committee
program is often included. The swimming course is the Maehama Beach, which with its white sands is said to be the most transparent sea in the East Asia. Through the bicycle course, all athletes pedal 1½ times around Miyakojima, enjoying the strong sea breeze. All athletes then make a circuit around the central part of the island with its gradual ups and downs through the running course, ending at the Miyakojima City Track and Field Center.
The event kicks off at 7 a.m., and activities run through 8:30 p.m. on Miyakojima Island, sponsored by the Miyakojima Triathlon Committee. The triathlon, which covers 200.195km, or 124.4 miles, allows 13 ½ hours for the anticipated 1,500 athletes to complete.
About Miyako Island
Miyako Island is the largest and the most populous island among the Miyako Islands of Okinawa Prefecture. Miyako-jima, as it’s know in Japanese, is administered as part of the City of Miyakojima, which includes not only Miyako-jima, but also five other populated islands. Miyako-jima lies approximately 300 kilometers, 190 miles, southwest of Okinawa Island and 400 kilometers, 250 miles, east of Taipei, Taiwan. With an area of 158.70 square kilometers, 61.27 sq miles, Miyako is the fourth-largest island in Okinawa Prefecture. The island is triangular in shape and is composed of Ryukyuan limestone. Miyako jima is subject to drought and is frequently struck by typhoons.
Miyako jima is well known for its beauty, particularly the Eastern Cape, which is considered by many as one of the most beautiful spots in Japan. Other notable locations include Maehama Beach, the German Cultural Center, Painagama Beach, and the sights on Irabu Island. There are two islands close by which are connected by bridges to Miyako, Ikema and Kurima. The Miyako language, one of several Ryukyuan languages, is spoken on Miyakojima.