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Ironman putrajaya vs. desaru triathlon

Event NameIronman Putrajaya 70.3 MalaysiaDesaru-Pengerang International Long Distance Triathlon
Official IRONMAN raceYESNO
DistanceSwim – 1.9 km
Bike- 90.1 km
Run – 21 km
Swim – 2km
Bike – 90km
Run - 21km
VenuePutrajaya Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaDesaru Golden Beach Hotel, Johor, Malaysia
Entry FeeUSD $200 – Individual
USD $450 Relay Team
RM100 – Individual Malaysian
RM150 – Individual Non-Malaysian
RM200 – Relay Team
Date / TimeSunday, 26th July 2009, 7amSaturday, 1st August 2009, 9am
Entry Limit800 Individuals
200 relay team
Entry DatelineWednesday, 1st July 2009Saturday, 18th July 2009
Official & Non Official HotelsShangri-LA Hotel Putrajaya SGD 186++
25mins from KLIA
35mins from AIR ASIA LCCT
Desaru Golden Beach Hotel,
RM150++ to RM190++ per night with breakfast
Marriott Putrajaya
SGD 170++
The Pulai Desaru Beach Resort
2.5km from race venue
RM242++ to RM286++ per night with breakfast
Equatorial Bangi
Desaru Damai Beach Resort
0.5km from race venue
RM150++ per night with breakfast
Palm Garden Hotel IOI Resort
Travel to VenueRBA to KL –4D/3N
Departure Thurs,23/07, 19:20
Departure Sun,26/07, 22:20

MAS to KL – 4D/3N
Departure Fri, 24/07 , 15:00
Departure Mon, 27/07, 09:10

AirAsia to KL – 5D/4N
Departure Thurs, 23/07 – 20:40
Departure Mon, 27/07 – 17:55
RBA to KL– 4d/3N
Departure Thurs, 30/07, 19:20
Departure Sun, 02/08, 22:20

MAS to Johor Bahru
Departure Fri, 31/07, 10:45
Departure Sun, 02/08, 18:40

Johor Bahru to Race Venue
111km – 1hr 30 mins by road

MAS to KL – 6D/5N
Departure Wed, 29/07, 15:00
Departure Mon, 03/08, 09:10

MAS to Johor Bahru
Departure Wed, 29/07, 19:20
Departure Mon, 03/08, 07:00

Johor Bahru to Race Venue
111km – 1hr 30 mins by road

Express Bus to Johor Bahru, Johor

RBA to SIA – 3D/2N
Departure Fri, 31/07, 7:45am
Departure Sun, 02/08, 10:25am

Changi Point Ferry Services, Singapore to Tg Belungkor,JB
Departure Fri, 31/07, 17:00
Departure Sun, 02/08, 06:30

Tg Belungkor to Race Venue
38km – 30 mins
Total Cost$298(entry)+$189(RBA)+$109(hotel)+$200 additional = $607$63(entry)+$361(RBA+MAS+CAR)+$237(hotel)+$200additional = $861
ConclusionsRegistration is very expensive around BND298 but in term of travelling there is only one stop i.e KLIA.

Hotel stay ranges from BND$354++ to BND$558++ (3Nights) and this hotel is within the race venue.

Cheaper hotels are more available around KL and the most cheapest would be Hotel Tune at Air Asia LCCT (RM261.05) which is around 35mins drive to Race Venue.

I would choose Ironman Putrajaya because overall it is much cheaper and less travelling.

Registration is way much cheaper compared to Ironman Putrajaya around BND63 but with all the transits and carrying around your luggage especially the bike, it will be much a hassle

Hotel stay ranges from BND356++ to BND187++ including one night stay at KL before departing to JB the next day.

Overall it becomes expensive and costly and furthermore you have to carry around your bike. My advice, bring a friend along to help you.

(Travelling via Singapore is around - $63(entry)+$275(RBA-2-SG)+$22(ferry)+$237(hotel)+$200additional = $797)

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