When the top age-group athletes in the world converged on Kona, Hawaii on Saturday October 12, 2013 it included age categories up to and including 80 years of age and over.
It's a huge accomplishment for anyone to swim 24 miles, bike 112-miles, and run the 26.2-mile marathon, but it's even more remarkable when a triathlete is a senior citizen.
These amazing individuals have obviously not bought into the idea of putting their feet up and doing nothing once their days in the work-force are over.
Oakes Ames was competing in the 60-64 age-group and posted a finish time of 10:19:08.
William Wren of the 65-69 age-group crossed the line in 10:44:31.
As a testament to how far the sport has come, Ames or Wren would have won the first two Ironman Hawaii in 1978 and 1979 outright and Ames would have finished third in in 1980. The winner in 1980 was Dave Scott who would go on to become a six-time World Champion.
Beverly Watson was the winner of the 60-64 age-category for women with an excellent time of 11:50:41. She would have won Ironman Hawaii 1979 and 1981 outright and would have placed third behind Julie Moss in 1982.
Milos Kostic may have been in the 70-74 category, but that didn't stop him from blazing across the finish line in a time of 12:03:38. He would have been second in Ironman Hawaii 1978 and 1979.
The sport of triathlon has been a Godsend to many seniors around the world who have been touched by the Ironman Triathlon bug and don't buy into the slow down and do nothing mantra that was the norm just a generation ago.
The best part is that it's catching on and more and more seniors every year are hitting the pool and lacing up their running shoes.
The best senior Ironman Triathletes in the world competed on Saturday October 12, 2013 and you can visit IronStruck.com and check out all the amazing finish times posted by these exceptional athletes.