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It looks set to be one of the best races of the season – and you can watch it all LIVE this coming weekend, as the 2019 IRONMAN Wisconsin 2019 will be contested on the Côte d’Azur in Nice, France

MADISON (WKOW) — Athletes were getting ready Saturday for the 2019 Ironman Wisconsin.

Triathletes will swim for 2.4 miles, bike for 112 miles and then run a full marathon.

40 of the top finishers will have a chance to compete in the 2020 Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.

Besides the prize, athletes have all sorts of reasons for competing.

“I have four kids, and they tell me I’m a much better person when I’m tired,” said athlete Mike Snyder. “So the working out makes me tired all the time. In fact it’s a good way for me to relieve stress and just stay physically fit.”

This week, Ironman officials told 27 News they’ve been reviewing and preparing all summer long after two men died during the Ironman 70.3 competition last June.

More than 2,400 athletes from around the world will be in Madison to compete Sunday.

But with the story that Miller, from Pleasant Prairie, can tell about how he got motivated to put himself into the ultra-physical challenge, it becomes clear the event is the continuation of a life reawakening prompted by a scary episode less than three years ago.

From using exercise to shake off depression came what felt like a heart attack, then the installation of a pacemaker and an unexpected jolt of energy into Miller.

“I just have a new lease on life since I got the pacemaker,” Miller said. “Basically, it’s given me an even heart flow. This is how normal people feel all the time. I had no clue how it was.

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