2009 Kona Hawaii Ironman World Championship Triathlon

Above is a picture of the 2008 Kona Hawaii Ironman, taken right before the athletes entered the water.

This year, on October 10th, will be the 31st annual Kona Hawaii Ironman event, and it is by far the largest event that the Big Island plays host to.

For weeks before, The West coast of the Big Island is home to athletes and their families from all over the world.

The Kona Hawaii Ironman is not my favorite event, having lived in Kona most of my life, I have thought of it as a nuisance at times.

However, I got to give the highest respect to the athletes involved.

Made up of three grueling events, in often harsh climate conditions, this 2.4 mile ocean swim, 112 mile bike ride, and 26.2 mile run is without a doubt the ultimate test of endurance.

The Current record holder, Luc Van Lierde, set the record in 1996 with a winning time of 8 hours 4 minutes 8 seconds!

Now I might not like the inconvenience of having to deal with how crowded my home town gets in the weeks surrounding this event, but 8 hours is amazing!

I probably would take a week to cover that much ground.

Some people like team sports, but as far as testing a individuals strength, endurance, and sheer grit, no other event even comes close to the Ironman.

Starting as the sun rises over Hualalai, the 2.4 mile ocean swim is a madhouse. 1800 people compete in this event every year, and they all take off from the starting line at the same time.

Being at the start or finish of the race is a awesome experience, although very crowded, as Kona is filled to the brim at almost all times of the day.

The Following links will take you to pdf files with maps of the 2.6 mile swim, 112 mile bike, and 26.2 mile run, that the Kona Hawaii Ironman Course is made up of.

All in all it is an amazing event, and we are lucky to be able to play host to the world for the month surrounding the event.

If you are looking to visit the Big Island for the race, book your accomodations now, as every vacation rental and condo in Kona gets snapped up for this event.

Follow this link to our page on the Hawaii Ironman 70.3, the qualifier for the 2009 Kona Hawaii Ironman World Championship.

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Videos of the 2008 Kona Hawaii Ironman