The Ironman World Championship Kailua-Kona, Hawaii

Ironman Kona Hawaii

Now in its 35th year, the IRONMAN World Championship centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the IRONMAN mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.”

The inaugural “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at endurance swim, running and biathlon events. Honolulu-based Navy couple Judy and John Collins proposed combining the three toughest endurance races in Hawaii—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-Oahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon—into one event.

On February 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 Hawaii. Along the Kona coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 miles per hour, 95-degree temperature and a scorching sun.

Now in its 35th year, the IRONMAN World Championships centers on the dedication and courage exhibited by participants who demonstrate the IRONMAN mantra that “ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.” Each October, nearly 1,800 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey presents the ultimate test of mind, body and spirit to earn the title of “IRONMAN.”

2012 Results

Name

Country

Swim

Bike

Run

Finish

Div. Rank

Overall Rank

Jacobs, Pete

AUS

00:51:28

04:35:15

02:48:12

08:18:37

1

1

Raelert, Andreas

GER

00:55:17

04:36:34

02:47:23

08:23:09

2

2

Van Lierde, Frederik

BEL

00:51:36

04:35:25

02:52:49

08:23:09

3

3

Kienie, Sebastian

GER

00:55:21

04:33:23

02:54:24

08:27:08

4

4

Al-Sultan, Faris

ARE

00:51:39

04:35:53

02:56:49

08:28:33

5

5

Bracht, Timo

GER

00:50:32

04:37:16

02:55:36

08:30:57

6

6

Ports, Andy

USA

00:51:37

04:43:52

02:53:45

08:31:45

7

7

O'Donnell, Timothy

USA

00:51:33

04:44:15

02:53:59

08:33:28

8

8

Dellow, David

AUS

00:52:23

04:40:27

03:05:47

08:35:02

9

9

Bockel, Dork

LUX

00:52:47

04:34:17

03:07:23

08:36:21

10

10

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