For a lot of people, when you say triathlon, their first thought is of the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii. This is the race that started it all, a challenge to see who see who was the fittest, a swimmer, a cyclist or a runner. This one race as transformed into an international brand, hosting races around the world and inspiring thousands of people to try the sport of triathlon.
The Ironman World Championships is a dream race for a lot of people who do triathlons, including me. Swimming in the warm Hawaiian waters, biking through the lava fields and running down Ali’i drive is something I would love to experience someday. There are a couple of ways of getting to participate in the World Championship. One way is to qualify, this means you need to be a top finishing athlete in your age group in one of the Ironman races around the world. A lot of the time you need to win your category. While I hope to one day become fast enough to KQ (Kona Qualify) that day is far off. There is also the Legacy Lottery. After completing 12 full length Ironman branded events you have the chance to be chosen to compete in the World Championships.
There is also the Ironman Lottery Program, which I just entered. This program is a way to give athletes of all abilities the opportunity to qualify for the Ironman World Championships. By paying an entry fee, you receive a ballot, which is entered into the lottery for a spot at the big race. I think that this is an amazing opportunity. What could be better for the sport than having your average age group triathlete compete with the world’s best? Not only does it give people the chance to make a dream come true, it is also a great way to inspire people to try triathlon. They know that they have a chance to compete with the best, even if they aren’t the fastest. If you haven’t entered yet, it’s not too late. Visit www.ironman.com and enter by February 28, 2014 at 11:49pm EST.
Keep your fingers crossed for me that I will a chance to race in Kona this year!