2015 Ironman Triathlon on October 10th

Stephen Pagano , Reporter

West Hawaii’s biggest sporting event of the year just happened last week and I think we all know what it is. If you guessed the Ironman World Championship, then you were right. This year’s Ironman took place on October 10th, 2015.

Every year in October athletes around the world join together on this island to beef it out on a 2.4 mile swim in the hot waters of Kailua Kona, then a 112 mile bike ride across the lava fields of Kona and Kohala, and finish with a 26.1 mile marathon run to get to the finish line.

This year had over 2,000 contestants, 2,307 to be exact. The contestants’ time varied from 8 hours to as much as 31 hours. Athletes represented over 62 countries in six continents, creating a diverse range of athletes for the 37th annual IRONMAN

This years champion was Jan Frodeno, from Germany. Frodeno finished with a time of 8 hours, 14 minutes, and 40 seconds. In second place was another German Andreas Raelert in his fourth runner up time. There were also very unique competitors as well Tammy Nicholson who was told that she would never walk again after a 2004 accident exactly 11 years prior to this years IRONMAN. Also this year Alessandro “Alex” Zanardi an Italian Race Car Driver who lost his legs in a 2001 car crash finished the Triathlon. There were also some celebrity finishers like Sean Astin from “The Goonies.” As well as Gordon Ramsay from “Hell’s Kitchen”, who was forced to withdrawal due to dehydration.

The ages of the contestants ranged from the age of 18 to 85. The average age for the contestants was 43 above the average of 33 for triathlions in general. The United States was the most represented country this year with a number of 768 competitors, about 32 percent of this years contestants. Australia had the second highest number of participants at 250 followed by Germany with 175, Great Britan with 148, and Canada with 114.

According to West Hawaii Today, 72 percent of the triathletes where males and about 1,717. 28 percent where females. 664 participants were female, making it the largest group of women in Ironamn in history. 99 people 57 men and 42 women or four percent of the athletes are professional athletes. More then 5,000 volunteer helpers made this year’s Ironman a success.