IRONMAN AND LONG COURSE TRIATHLON TRAINING GUIDE IRONMAN KONA HAWAII
IRONMAN KONA FUN FACTS
- "I just look at today as a long training day with 2500 of your best friends—and it's catered—so have some fun." - Paula Newby-Fraser
"You only have control over one thing during a race and that's your attitude. Take care of your attitude and it will take care of you."
- Mike Reilly, The Voice of Ironman
- In 1992, Paula Newby-Fraser became the first woman to break nine hours at the Ironman World Championship when she completed the course in 8:55:28.
- In 1982, Julie Moss crawled across the finish line in one of the most memorable and inspiring Ironman finishes in history.
- After winning six Ironman championships, Dave Scott took four years off from racing in Kona, only to come back at age 40 and clinch second place in 1994.
- The original Ironman race, thought up by John Collins, was inspired by the idea of combining the distances of the of the toughest Hawaiian race—the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race, followed by a 26.2-mile run on the same course as the Honolulu Marathon.
- 12 people finished the first ever Ironman in 1978, now there are nearly 2,000 participants.
- In 2011, Craig Alexander set a new course record of 08:03:56, breaking a 15-year record held by Luc Van Lierde.
- "It might be the only finish line in the world where it ends and people don't want to leave." - Mike Reilly