Long distance triathlon's most iconic event brings athletes together on the world stage in Kona, Hawaii next week. The first competitors at the original “Hawaii Iron Man Triathlon” in 1978 numbered only 15, who raced each other at Waikiki. The event stayed in Waikiki until the early 80s which is when it moved to its present home in Kona. There are now many more than 15 athletes taking part, with this year’s start list having over 2,000 athletes.
Kona is well known for being a tough test for participants and the hardest part of Kona is getting to the start line. It is traditionally a non-wetsuit swim and this is where the HUUB Swimskin comes out to race.
We support many of the athletes who have worked tirelessly to achieve a slot at the final. Our longest serving HUUB ambassador Harry Wiltshire is through to the Kona World Championships, and here at HUUB we will be cheering him on. He’s been smashing it all season with many podium places and recently taking wins in Vichy and Weymouth.
Triathlon legends Frederick Van Lierde, Kyle Buckingham, Eneko Llanos and Cyril Viennot who have all made it through to the iconic island. Lucy Charles and Reece Barclay are through as well and so we’ve got plenty to cheer about.
There is plenty going on at Kona Week already with a lively pre-race atmosphere of athletes preparing themselves for their race day, alongside thousands of spectators along for the festival.
At HUUB we are also launching our brand new swimskin, the HUUB Albacore Swimskin, where our athletes will be putting them to the test on race day, but you can also pick up one from our stand in the official Ironman Village on Big Island.
Here Reece Barclay shows you his Albacore Swim Skin in this short video diary on day three in Kona.