ALOHA from Kona!
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 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 its 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 current champ is Patrick Lange from Germany. He raced in 2017 with a time of eight hours, one minute and 40 seconds.
Our favorite part about visiting Kona for the World Championships, though? Meeting so many Sirens! There is no doubt this is one of the biggest events of the year in the triathlon community. Athletes from all over the world are here to race, mingle and enjoy Hawaii! You never know who you might run into. Last year we were lucky enough to meet Rinny Carfrae (serious girl crush!).
It is humbling and inspiring to meet so many of our social media friends in person, too. The connections we have made with other women in triathlon, as well as other skin cancer warriors is amazing. Sharing experiences, thoughts and love with our Sirens is truly what makes us happy.
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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.