Friday, October 07, 2011
Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life"
The Ironman Triathlon (now named after Ford, the car company as sponsor) is scheduled to be held in Hawaii this Saturday. It is always exciting and inspirational - although I have no delusions of ever participating (I don't swim well enough, much less all the other distance endurance portions).
Here are some interesting tidbits on the Ironman:
The Hawaiian version was originally thought up as a "what if?" competitors tried to complete pre-existing races in swimming, biking and running.
(The Waikiki Roughwater Swim, the Around-Oahu Bike Race, and the Honolulu Marathon). The original triathlon concept was in San Diego, California.
The Hawaii triathlon is always scheduled for a full moon in October, so competitors will have SOME light as they arrive by midnight of the event at the finish line.
Total of 140.6 miles:
The 2.4 mile ocean swim must be completed in 2:20 minutes after the start of the race.
The 112 mile bike must be completed within 10 hours and 30 minutes after the start of the race.
The 26.2 mile marathon must be completed before 17 hours after the start of the race. It ends on Ali'i Drive.
up to 1800 entrants compete, ages 18-80 from all 50 states and over 50 countries.
over half a million dollars in prize money is awarded, in addition to athletes running for charitable causes.
Course records are held by Luc Van Lierde (8:04:08 in 1996)
and Chrissie Wellington (8:54:02 in 2009) beat the prior record of Paula Newby-Fraser (8:55:28 in 1992).
First Ironman - Gordon Haller. First Iron Woman - Lyn Lemaire.
1982 - Julie Moss crawls to the finish line.
Mark Allen wins 5 consecutive times, 6 total.
Jon Blais completes the event although diagnosed with ALS.
Dick and Rick Hoyt ("Team Hoyt") completed 6 Ironmans.
Dave "The Man" Scott is 6 time winner.
Natascha Badmann - 6 time winner.
Paula Newby-Fraser - 8 time winner!!! "The Queen of Kona"
Sister Madonna Buder - "The Iron Nun" who raced nearly into her 80s
"M-Dot" is the registered logo for Ironman.
I hope you enjoyed these little nuggets, and watch the coverage on NBC if you don't want to stream the live coverage online.
Who knows - maybe one of you HAS or WILL be an Ironman!