Posted by: hualalaihale | April 25, 2013

The Ironman World Championships at Kona


Photo Source: Ironman

The Ironman Triathlon World Championships is known as one of the most grueling athletic endurance tests that exists today.  It is the annual culmination of a series of Ironman triathlon qualification races held throughout the world.  Each year, athletes swim 2.4 miles, bike 112 miles and run 26.2 miles to win the title of Ironman World Champion. It’s a test of grit, guts and glory – participants must qualify to take part of the race.

Athletes gain entry into the 2013 IRONMAN World Championship one of three ways: by earning a slot at one of the qualifying events held worldwide, by being selected in the IRONMAN Lottery or by winning a slot through the IRONMAN charitable eBay Auction. Official qualifying events award IRONMAN World Championship slots to their top Age Group finishers. Qualifying races are one of two distances: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run or 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run.

The Ironman World Championship has been held annually in Hawaii since 1978, with an additional race in 1982.The Ironman World Championships is held on the Big Island in Kona.  This year, the race begins on Saturday, October 12th at 6:30 AM.  The race officially ends at Midnight.

The Ironman World Championships start is approximately 15-miles, or a 20-minute drive away from Hualalai Hale, at the Kailua Pier. Witness the athletes take off, plunging into the Pacific as they begin their 2.5 mile swim. The exciting finale happens at the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority, approximately 11-miles away from Hualalai Resorts. Triathlon participates will conclude their race with a marathon run – 26.2 miles of a grueling run. “Runners will wind through town before taking on Ali’i Drive, where spectators will pack the roads. Athletes will then retrace their steps, climb up Palani Road to the Queen Ka’ahumanu Highway to make their way to the Natural Energy Laboratory Hawaii Authority (NELHA)” (Source: Ironman)

Don’t miss out on watching (or participating) this exciting ultimate challenge of the human body.



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