(ABOVE VIDEO) Raw footage taken at the world famous finish line of the 2014 IRONMAN World Championship presented by GoPro in Kona, where Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi completed the grueling triathlon with about 15 minutes to spare before the end of the event. Video by David Corrigan.
KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii – Hawaii County Mayor Billy Kenoi completed a 2.4 miles swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile marathon to finish his first IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona. The mayor used nearly all the time allotted to him, crossing the finish line in dramatic fashion with about 15 minutes to spare.
An emotional mayor saluted the crowd and embraced his family who was waiting for him at the finish.
Race organizers hyped the mayor’s participation throughout the week, and whipped the mayor’s hometown crowd into a frenzy for the big finish.
As for the professionals, Germany’s Sebastian Kienle dominated the race with the third-fastest bike split in championship history to become the first IRONMAN World Championship victor from his country since 2006. Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae defended her title after overcoming a nearly 15-minute deficit on the marathon course, which organizers called one of the largest such achievements in the championship race’s 36-year history.
Big Island Video News will soon have more on the championship race, and the mayor’s Ironman performance.