I have a lot of important friends, but the two most famous must be Judy and John Collins, for they founded the Ironman Triathlon. How and why?
|“||Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!||”|
— Commander Collins, USN (1978)
The current men's record, now held in Kona (next one, the 35th, on October 12--that's why the Collins' are here, as they come every 5 or 10 years--they, incidentally, live in Panama City, Panama and Coronado, California), is 8 hours 3 minutes 56 seconds by Craig Alexander (left), and women's, 8 hours 54 minutes 2 seconds by Chrissie Wellington (right). I would have big trouble just running the marathon in those times, but I wouldn't even get to that stage, for I would not survive the swim. In 1977 Judy became the first female to swim from Lanai to Maui.
43 fatalities just from 2003 to 2011, 30 during the swim portion.
Well, on a happier note, Judy still competes, we are all alive and well, except John and I have knee pains: