Hawaii News Digest, 11 October 2017, 1555 UTC, Post #15752.
Reporter: J.R. De Groote (West Hawaii Today).
Accessed on 11 October 2017, 1555 UTC.
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On Tuesday afternoon (10 October 2017), athletes from around the world turned out for the annual Ironman Championship Parade of Nations on Alii Drive in Kailua-Kona. The parade marks the official beginning of Ironman Week, which culminates on Saturday with a grueling 140.6 mile race course, including a 2.4 mile ocean swim, a 112 mile bicycle race, and a 26.2 mile marathon.
Reporter J. R. De Groote provides an overview of the competition:
“This year, Europe represents 39 percent of the field, while North America follows closely with 37 percent of athletes registered to race in the world championship event. The United States is the most represented nation with 741 registered competitors, followed by Australia (234), Germany (217) and Great Britain (150).”
“Athletes have come from 48 states, with the greatest number coming from California (113), followed by Texas (58), Colorado (53), Hawaii (50) and New York (49). Among the masses will be 29 athletes from the Big Island taking on their backyard course.”
“Five new countries are being represented in Kona this year, with athletes from Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Serbia, Uruguay and Uzbekistan making their Orchid Isle debuts.”
“In the diverse field, Hiromu Inada, of Japan, is the oldest participant at 84, while Paul Lennart, of Denmark, is the youngest at 18. The average age of a competitor is 43 years old.”
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