Having been running for over 30 years, the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii provides a stunning backdrop to the ultimate triathlon challenge. The gruelling event comprises of a 2.4mile swim through the sea, a 112-mile bike ride around the island of Oahu, finished off by a 26.2mile marathon on foot. The record time for the race is held by Craig Alexander from Australia, set in just under 8 hours and 4 minutes. Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf holds the women’s record at 8hours, 46minutes and 46 seconds. America however has produced the most medal winners overall.
There are a couple of international airports on the main island, Kona International and Hilo International, both are in easy reach of the event. Buying a Go-Hawaii card online will include car hire to help get around during your visit. If you qualify to take part, entrance fee to compete in the Ironman World Championship is $890 USD. Spectators can watch for free. The race starts shortly after 6am, majority of elite athletes complete the course in around 8 to 10 hours and the capped time for all competitors is within 17 hours. All information concerning athletes are available on the website.
When in Hawaii remember to pack for the hot weather. The Ironman World Championship is a long day, so sunscreen and sensible clothing is a must for both spectators and athletes. The days prior to the final have important dates and times to adhere to. If you are just watching, make it down to Kailua Bay for the swimming training sessions. For the younger generation of future Ironman winners, there is also an Ironkids dip-n-dash to take part in. The Go-Hawaii card for getting around is inclusive of car hire and entry into tourist attractions.
If you are planning to visit Hawaii for the Ironman World Championship, choose from a wide range of houses and apartments, boats, holiday homes and other private rentals on the Island of Hawaii. Wherever you are staying in Hawaii, you can travel from island to island by boat.
It would be impossible to visit Hawaii without enjoying the wonderful beaches, but there’s a lot more to the islands. Venture into the water for a swim, scuba diving and snorkelling around the coastline. Visit the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden or the Volcanoes National Park. Hire a boat and go dolphin and whale watching.
Find out about Ironman, the races, locations and programs, professional athletes, Ironman results and rankings, live coverage and past ironman footage, registering for the Ironman World Championship, rules and regulations, volunteering at the championship and much more by visiting the official ironman website.
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