Over the past year age-group athletes from around the world attempted to qualify for the Ironman Hawaii World Championships that took place in Kona, Hawaii on Saturday October 12, 2013.
It was the best of the best who answered the starting gun that set just over 2000 very fit pro and age-group athletes off on the 2.4-mile swim in Kona Harbor.
The race also included triathletes who won a spot through the annual Ironman lottery as well as Legacy athletes who earned a spot by completing 12 WTC Ironman races in their career as well as fulfilling several other requirements.
It must be their first time entered in Ironman Hawaii, they must have completed a full distance Ironman event in 2011 and 2012, and must have registered for a full Ironman event at some point in 2013.
The times posted in the race were truly sensational with 14 male triathletes representing four different age categories recording finish times under the 9 hour mark. Any one of them would have won outright several of the first Ironman races that took place over 30 years ago.
The fastest time of the day was posted by Kyle Buckingham of the 30-34 age-category when he crossed the finish line with a sizzling time of 08:37:26. Christian Mueller was not that far back in second place while representing the 40-44 age-group. Sam Gyde of the 35-39 category was third. Mueller and Gyde posted times of 08:41:22 and 08:45:00 respectively.
The top age-group female overall was Catherine Faux of the 25-29 category who broke the tape in an excellent time of 09:15:16. Stefanie Adam was second fastest in a time of 09:33:29, and taking the third spot was Jessica Fleming when she crossed the line in 09:39:46. Both were in the 35-39 age-group.
The youngest competitors were in the 18-24 age-group.
Samantha B.Morrison was first across the line for the 18-24 women with a time of 09:38:26, Carolina Dementiev was second in 10:00:15, and Carolin Lehrieder rounded out the top three when she crossed the line in 10:04:12.
Amos Gollach, Christoph Schlagbauer, and Johan Karner were the first three across in the male 18-24 category with times of 09:01:15, 09:03:22, and 09:17:57 respectively.
Milos Kostic was the first one to cross the line in the male 70-74 age-group in an incredibly fast time of 12:03:38. A truly inspirational performance.
The race is still in progress.
Be sure to visit IronStruck.com for a look at the top finishers in all age-groups as finish times become available.