The infamous IRONMAN has upped the prize money by $50,000 for its 70.3 World Championship, which takes place September 7, 2014 in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. For those not initiated in IRONMAN lingo, the 70.3 World Championship is the half IRONMAN, which involves a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run, and totals, you guessed it, 70.3 miles. The new total prize fund is now a cool $250,000, which is second only to the IRONMAN® World Championship, which pays out $650,000 and is held in Hawaii every year. The quarter of a million pot will be divvied up between the top 10 male and female entrants who finish. You can’t just waltz into the World Championship race though, as entrance is earned through qualification in 70.3 races during the year.

So if you ever want to challenge yourself away from the weight rack, the IRONMAN just might be the ticket for you. For anyone who wants to gauge just how much strength and endurance they have, then the IRONMAN really does separate the men and women from the boys and girls. To see if you might be interested in trying this tough sport out, check out the FAQs from IRONMAN, which cover the basics you should consider before giving it a shot.

Check out the highlights from last year’s 70.3 World Championship: