Every year there is a date that all triathlete are waiting around the world. It’s the big day in Kona. The best triathletes around the world will be present at this annual meeting in order to go after the crown.
Andreas Realert, Graig Alexander and Marino Vanhoenacker are the big favorites. But there are many other great triathletes that could make the surprise. The great Dane Rasmus Henning probably will make the top five if not the podium and don’t neglect the German athletes even if Norman Stadler will not be at the start line: Faris Al-Sultan, Timo Bracht, Mathias Hecht e.t.c.
Chrissie Wellington seems to be from another planet. For the second place of the podium the Aussie Miranda Carfrae has an advantage while it’s hard to predict who from the rest of the field will join these athletes at the podium : Virginia Berasategui, Julie Dibbens, Rachel Joyce,….
But at this level anyone could win. Any of these amazing athletes could win if they could have a perfect day.
The inaugural “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at a local biathlon. San Diego-based John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i – the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon – into one event.
On Feb. 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the Ironman challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!”
In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.
Now in its 33rd year, the Ford Ironman World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the Ironman mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. ®” On Oct. 8, nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of “Ironman.”