The History of the 2012 Ironman World Championship on the Big Island of Hawaii
In 1978, in Hawaii, a debate arose to define who between runners, cyclists, or swimmers was the toughest athlete. To decide, the US naval commander John Collins and his wife, Judy, proposed a challenge: whoever would win a race combining the three disciplines would be called “Ironman.”
How Did the Ironman Competition Begin?
Fifteen men participated in the 1st edition, on February 18th, 1978. Twelve finished the race won by Gordon Haller, sacred first Ironman with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes and 58 seconds. Waikiki is the birthplace of Ironman, but the race was moved to the Big Island of Hawaii in 1981.
Today, the world’s athletes compete endurance and effort for a chance to participate in the Ironman World Championship.
How to Qualify for the Ironman World Championship
Professional athletes earn points to qualify to the Ironman World Championship held in Hawaii correlating to their result. Athlete’s five highest scoring races will count toward their Kona pro ranking. The top 50 male and top 30 female pros in the KPR at the end of each qualifying year will qualify to race in Kona.
Volunteering at the 2012 Ironman World Championship
I would not have learned and shared all of this with you if I would have not volunteered for the 34th Ironman World Championship this past weekend. My Hawaii Life teammate Karen Bail and I had fun helping people achieve their goal. It was fun to give back and to meet people all from all over the world. I’m a French Wahine after all!