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IronMan

Each year Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii hosts one of the most prestigious IronMan events on the planet. The IronMan is a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and at 26.2 mile run.

About a week before the event begins participants, their families and support teams flood into town to prep for the weather and water conditions of this special race. They come from all over the world bearing their countries flags and their country’s honor!

The excitement building to the race is palpable. Spouses, children and parents flood the streets and fill the restaurants for a week in advance. The fervor peaks on the morning of the race with 600 volunteers prepping from about 3:30am for the ocean swim and lining the course at their stations.

At 6:00am the top contenders explode into the water followed by nearly 1700 others a few minutes later. What a day! Families and support teams count the hours and track their loved ones progress on the internet.Ironman2

Here is a pic of a man crossing the line to become an IronMan. If you look closely you can see him dancing a jig over the finish line (in the circle). It was a day long to be remembered and I’m glad I was there!

See the results of the race at  ironman.com

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