Friday, October 12, 2012

Ironman is Here!

"Twas the night before Ironman, and all throughout Kona, the athletes are hopefully getting a good night's sleep in preparation for a grueling day ahead."

That right, sports fans, it's the countdown to the 2012 Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, where the hardiest of body and soul vie to complete a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and 26.2-mile run. The 140.6-mile journey tests the will, spirit and physical endurance of every participant striving to earn the coveted title of "Ironman."

Visitors to Kona can get an up-close and personal view of the athletes in action throughout the day. The race begins first thing in the morning at Kailua Pier. The difficulty is measured by the amount of swell that day (and by the sounds of the ocean tonight, we suspect there might be a bit of chop in the water tomorrow, which will ultimately impact the course). Then it's onto the bikes, where riders embark on the grueling trek down Queen Kaahumanu Highway all the way to the north end of the island to the town of Hawi. Upon returning to downtown Kailua-Kona, riders transition to the run portion of the event, a marathon down Ali‘i Drive and out toward the airport  that leaves many in the dust at the Natural Energy Lab. If you have the stamina to make it back to Historic Kailua Village, you will be greeted by throngs of excited fans from all over the world cheering friends and loved ones as they cross the finish line near the pier.

For spectators, the excitement mounts throughout the day. Helicopters follow the elite triathletes in the lead, adding to the suspense. TV crews, reporters, and hundreds of volunteers at aid stations can be seen everywhere you look. There's also plenty of sponsor booths in town to visit. You might even want to join a "Kokua Crew," helping volunteers to distribute water and Gatorade to participants as they pass by.

Here at Holualoa Inn, our ohana can give you insider tips on where best to observe the race, and the approximate times that the lead finishers will be crossing the finish line. Our Hawai‘i Bed and Breakfast boutique hotel is just minutes away from Historic Kailua Village, home of the world-famous Ironman World Championship.


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