Even if you haven't been to Hawaii, there is a certain feeling of magic when you think about it. Rainbows, waterfalls, dolphins jumping out of the ocean...who wouldn't want to be sipping a mai tai on Hualalai beach?
Tie in the kinda-the-same-but-different magical feeling of an Ironman...and that's Kona. It's basically our Olympics but it's held in paradise every year. Here's a look at Kona's history so far.
• As so many things do, the idea of doing an Ironman sparked from a debate. The question? Who was the best endurance athlete out of swimmers, cyclists and runners.
• The first race had only 15 participants with 12 finishers.
• For the first two years, the race was held in O'ahu. Participants were required to provide all of their own hydration, nutrition and support crew.
• In 1981 it was moved to the Big Island.
• Women started participating in the second year, 1979. Lyn Lemaire took first place and fifth overall.
• The Physically Challenged category was added in 1997.
• The current champ is Craig Alexander, from Australia. He raced in 2011 with a time of eight hours, three minutes and 56 seconds.
• The World Triathlon Corporation "organizes, promotes and licenses" (Wikipedia) Ironman events.
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The following sources were utilized in this article:
Ironman.com. "The Ironman Story". http://www.ironman.com/triathlon/history.aspx#axzz4tdTlEmrO. September 2017.
Active.com. "A Brief History of the Ironman World Championships". http://www.active.com/triathlon/articles/a-brief-history-of-the-ironman-world-championships?page=3. September 2017.
Wikipedia.com. "World Triathlon Corporation".
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Triathlon_Corporation. 8 Aug 2017.