Posts Tagged ‘ Ironman Triathlon ’

Pete Jacobs Takes Men’s Ironman; Leanda Cave Is Women’s Champ

October 13, 2012
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Pete Jacobs Takes Men’s Ironman; Leanda Cave Is Women’s Champ

Pete Jacobs, 31,  of Australia won the 2012 Ironman Triathlon World Championship in Kona on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Jacobs will take home $120,000 for his trouble. Andreas Raelert, 36, of Germany took second.  Frederik Van Lierde, 33, of Belgium took third. Jacobs finished in 8 hours, 18 minutes, 37 seconds  (swim 51:28, transition 1:49, bike 4:35:15, transition 2:02, run 2:48:06 ).  Raelert’s time was 8 hours, 23 minutes, 40 seconds (swim 55:17, transition 1:53, bike  4:36:34, transition  2:33, run 2:47:24). Conditions for the bike and run were hot and humid, with quite a bit…

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Ironman Cannon to Sound at 6:30 a.m. Saturday

October 13, 2012
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Ironman Cannon to Sound at 6:30 a.m. Saturday

The Ironman Triathlon World Championship will be underway Saturday morning at 6:30 a.m., following a traditional Hawaiian blessing,  when Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi fires the starting cannon.  At 6:30 and 6:35, the professional men and then the women will start their swim in Kailua Bay.   At 7 a.m. Mayor Kenoi will again fire the cannon to get the 1850 age groupers, the amateurs off on their quest for personal achievement.  This year, competitors hail from 64 countries. The athletes will swim 2.4 miles in Kailua Bay, then ride bikes 112 miles up Queen Ka’ahumanu…

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Ironman Events Include Keiki Dip ‘n Dash, Parade, Underpants Run

October 8, 2012
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Ironman Events Include Keiki Dip ‘n Dash, Parade, Underpants Run

Ironman Triathlon World Championship is set for Saturday, October 13.  Many athletes are here now getting ready, and activities begin in earnest this week.  Athletes are on the road training, both biking and running, and swimming in Kailua Bay.  The driving public is especially warned to be careful, even though both athletes and the driver have an obligation to share the road. More than 5,000 volunteers will be involved in supporting the event and the athletes. The complete schedule from the athlete guide is below, but some highlights for the public include: Tuesday, October 9,…

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Iron Athletes On the Road Getting Ready for October 13

September 30, 2012
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Iron Athletes On the Road Getting Ready for October 13

They’re back.  The Ironman TriathlonWorld Championship is coming to Kona on Saturday, October 13, but athletes, their families, volunteers, and others interested in the event are already on the island.  For our economy, that’s a good thing.  The visitors are staying in hotel and condos and private rentals, they’re buying food at our stores, they’re patronizing restaurants.  Local chiropractors and massage therapists say they’re expecting an upward bump in business.  And businesses that cater to athletes–from The Club to Pacific Island Fitness to Bike Works and Cycle Station–are getting a special boost in business. The…

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Kona Pool Closing Monday, Tuesday

September 26, 2012
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Kona Pool Closing Monday, Tuesday

The Kona Community Aquatic Center will be closed Monday and Tuesday, October 1 and 2,  so a necessary inspection may be conducted. The inspection is intended  to ensure peak operating efficiency, the inspection is expected to be completed in time for the Department of Parks and Recreation to reopen the swimming pool as scheduled at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday, October 3.  The reopening comes at a good time, just ten days before Ironman Triathlon.  Many of the athletes use the Kona pool to practice. For more information, please call the KCAC staff at 327-3500.

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Half Iron Race in Kohala Will Restrict Traffic Saturday

May 27, 2012
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Half Iron Race in Kohala Will Restrict Traffic Saturday

The Ironman 70.3 Hawaii  is Saturday, June 2, and will be held at the Mauna Lani Resort, particularly around the Fairmont Orchid,  and north to Hawi.  There will be road closures and delays during the race. The “70.3″ refers to the total distance in miles (113.0 km) covered in the race, consisting of a 1.2-mile (1.9 km) swim, a 56-mile (90 km) bike ride, and a 13.1-mile (21.1 km) run. Each distance of the swim, bike, and run segments are half the distances of those segments found in a full Ironman race.  The Ironman 70.3 Hawaii is a qualifying…

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Tri Team Training at Mauna Lani

May 13, 2012
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Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Tri Team Training at Mauna Lani

Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s multiple Emmy ® award winning chief medical correspondent, is on Hawaii Island.  Dr Gupta is again leading a team for his program “Fit Nation” and they’re in training at the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows.   Gupta hosts a weekly health-focused program on CNN, in addition to hosting medical specials and serving as a correspondent for Sixty Minutes.  One of his focus areas is to help make people healthier.  He has selected a team of non-athletes to train to compete in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon in September.  While at the…

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Lance Armstrong In Training in Kona

March 10, 2012
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Lance Armstrong In Training in Kona

Seven-time Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong is in Kona now training for upcoming half- and full Ironman races. Armstrong has said in various interviews he is planning to do the half Ironman (Ironman 70.3), the Memorial Hermann, in Galveston, Texas, on April 1, the full  Ironman France on June 24, and the Honu Half  Ironman 70.3 here on Hawaii Island on June 2. Armstrong, 40, did his first half Ironman triathlon in Panama on February 11, 2012.  He said after the race he hadn’t known what to expect, and that the ride was harder…

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Christmas at Hulihe’e Palace a Social, Fundraising Success

December 4, 2011
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Christmas at Hulihe’e Palace a Social, Fundraising Success

Christmas at Hulihe’e Palace on Saturday, December 3, attracted more than 300 people.  The event was a benefit for both the Daughters of Hawai’i and Habitat for Humanity West Hawaii. The outdoor event under clear skies  included dinner provided by Paradise Gourmet Catering, entertainment by the well-loved  group Ho’okena with music and hula, and both silent and live auctions.  Noted auctioneer Pat Batchelder did his usual professional job of parting the crowd from its money.  The Master of Ceremonies was Eddie O of LAVA 105 radio. Lolly Nottage Davis, a Daughter of Hawaii who followed…

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Craig Alexander Takes Ironman; Chrissie Wellington Wins Women’s Crown

October 8, 2011
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Craig Alexander Takes Ironman; Chrissie Wellington Wins Women’s Crown

Australian Craig Alexander won the Ford Ironman Triathlon World Championship Saturday with a record time of 8 hours, 3 minutes, and 56 seconds.  He broke Luc Van Lierde’s record by 12 seconds.  Alexander also won Ironman in 2008 and 2009.   He won the Ironman 70.3 championship in Las Vegas in September–becoming the first person to win the Ironman Triathlon World Championship and the 70.3 Ironman Championship in the same year. Second place went to fellow Aussie Pete Jacobs, who came in at 8:09:11.  German Andreas Raelert came in third, with 8:11:07.  Last year’s champion, Chris…

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Ironman Road Closures Continue

October 6, 2011
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 Ironman Triathlon World Championship is Saturday, but road closues started Thursday for roads right in Kailua Village.  Through Saturday, roads throughout West Hawaii will be closed or restricted, as far north as Hawi, so residents and visitors should plan accordingly.  The police and Ironman officials’ goal is to keep all the race competitors and drivers safe; road closures facilitate that. The race officially starts at 6:30 a.m. Saturday for pros and at 7 a.m. for all others with the swim in Kailua Bay.  Athletes will start coming out of the water as early and transitioning…

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