TOUGHMAN Half Argentina
February 5, 2017—Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Population: 1.2 million
Airports: Rosario—Islas Malvinas International Airport
The largest city in the province of Santa Fe, Rosario is host to the TOUGHMAN Half Argentina. It is a major railroad and port city, meaning it is lively, highly-populated and plays a critical role in commerce. Though you may not have heard of the city, it is the hometown to someone you have absolutely heard of: the revolutionary Che Guevara, whose 12-foot statue sits in a park on the outskirts of Rosario’s main thoroughfares.
The race is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run along the shores of the Paraná River, which runs over 3,000 miles through central South America. The swim is a point-to-point through the waters of the river, beginning at the Club Nautico Rosario and finishing near the transition area located near the Monumento Nacional a la Bandera. From there, athletes complete a 6-loop bike course down Avenida Belgrano, the largest street in Rosario. The run is partially along a pedestrian road and is an out-and-back route. There are 70 slots up for grabs to the Toughman Half Championship Race in New York on September 17.
What You Need To Know…
…on traveling there: You won’t find any direct flights from the United States to Rosario—though it is an international airport flights arrive from Brazil and Uruguay—so connecting in Buenos Aires is your best bet. It is a one hour flight to Rosario from there, or if you prefer to see the sights, three-and-a-half hours by car or five hours by train.
…on the course: A real treat of the course is the recurring view of the National Flag Memorial—Monumento Nacional a la Bandera—inaugurated back in 1957. Made of stone from the Andes Mountains, it is a tribute to Manuel Belgrano, who created the Argentine Flag and whose crypt is found at the base of the Tower.
…on tips for your visit: The city of Rosario is culturally diverse, with many museums, theaters and cultural centers scattered throughout. There is also a planetarium and observatory, both widely recognized throughout the region for their excellence. For sports fans, it is home to two football clubs and is the hometown of famed player Lionel Messi.
…on what Americans will find unique: The architecture is that of what you would expect from Central and Eastern Europe, and it becomes even more magical when interspersed among the city’s parks and museums—and the shores of the Paraná River.