10/13/2018 - 6:00am
Drawing the top professional triathaletes from around the world, the Ironman World Championship is a grueling sports event that tranverses the volcanic landscapes of the Big Island in a single day. Over 2,000 athletes will embark on a 140.6-mile journey that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of IRONMAN. The event starts with the 2.4 mile roughwater ocean swim in Kailua-Kona. Participants will then bicycle North on the Queen Ka'ahumanu Highway, passing the resorts of the Kohala Coast to the turn-around in Hawi, North Kohala. The 112-mile round-trip bike race will end in Kona where the athletes will complete the challenge by running a full marathon of 26.2 miles in the blistering heat. The winner will cross the finish line sometime in the early afternoon on the scenic oceanfront strip of Ali'i Drive in downtown Kailua-Kona. The excitement and energy on Ali'i Drive is a riveting experience for spectators as they watch the most conditioned athletes in the world complete the challenge of their lifetime.