Ironman — The Myth

Finish Ironman Triathlon 1994 - Kailua-Kona
Finish Ironman Triathlon 1994 - Kailua-Kona
© HVCB / Kirk Aeder
The Hawaii Ironman Triathlon is the oldest, longest and most prestigious triathlon in the world. It has its origin in 1978 when John Collins, a competitor of a Hawaii running race, proposed combining three existing races together in order to ascertain once and for all which sport required the fittest participants; swimmers, runners or other athletes.

These three competitions were the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 miles), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (112 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles) and should be completed in succession, with the winner then crowned the Ironman.

The first events took place at Waikiki but in 1981 the site changed to Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii, with the show-down taking place on the Saturday closest to the October full moon. To get to this stage, however, one must have finished in the top 10 the year before or have qualified at a different race during the year.

This year´s Ironman 2004 took place at Kona Coast on 16th October.
More information: www.ironmanlive.com.