Ford Ironman World Championship, Kona, Hawaii, October 9, 2010

Ironman, Kona

We want to wish Leo McCarthy the best of luck next week at the 2010 Ironman World Championships in Kona on Saturday October 9th.

For those of you who have never heard of Ironman, it is the premier multi-sport endurance race in the world.  Ironman is a triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike, and a marathon – 26.2 miles – all done in one day!  Kona, Hawaii hosts the World Championship every year in October.  Athletes from across the globe go to Kona to compete with the best.  “There is no bigger day in this sport than the Ford Ironman World Championship.”

Leo McCarthy racing for the win at Tri-Kauai in July 2010

Leo has been training diligently for his fourth visit to Ironman Kona.  He qualified by setting the course record for his age group in Ironman New Zealand earlier this year.  He looks forward to race day.

I caught up with Leo the other day and asked what his thoughts were going into the race.  He said he has great respect for Ironman Hawaii – the heat, the challenging course and quality of athletes make this an extreme event.  He has no expectations – he’s going to go out there and try to do the best he can to represent our beautiful Garden Island.  He said he was very blessed to have the support of his wonderful friends and the support at his workplace to have the opportunity to prepare (or as I like to translate – train like crazy!) for the event.  Leo sends a big MAHALO to all of those who have supported him – and he especially thanks all the drivers on Kauai for being so considerate to cyclists and pedestrians.

So, Leo, race smart!  Race strong!  Godspeed!  We’ll all be thinking of you on Saturday, October 9th as you participate in the Ironman World Championship!

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