VIDEO by Baron Sekiya, Hawaii247.org
The race that is twice as long as the Ironman triathlon took place this past weekend on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Last year’s defending champions retained their crowns, as Brazilian Alexandre Ribeiro and Texan Shanna Armstrong had the quickest cumulative times of the three-day, 320-mile Ultraman Triathlon World Championship course.
According to in depth race coverage provided by Hawaii247.org, the two champions now can claim 10 Ultraman World Championships between the two of them.
Hawaii247 contributing editor Karin Stanton also reported that Wisconsin’s Ann Heaslett bested the women’s run course record by 35 minutes, finishing the last leg of the race in 7 hours and 12 minutes.
Ultraman starts with a 6.2-mile swim from Kailua Pier to Keauhou, then transitions to a 261.4-mile bike course that runs from Keauhou to Volcano. On day two, the athletes pedal from Volcano to Hawi. It all culminates in a 52.4-mile run on day three, ending in Kona.
Athletes have 5.5 hours to complete the swim and 12 hours to get through the other two stages. Added together, the entire race literally takes an entire day to finish.
Ultraman is celebrating its 25th anniversary.