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2018 IRONMAN World Championship: photos – part four

KAILUA-KONA, HI - OCTOBER 11: Triathletes swim the course in Kailua Bay and stop for a coffee leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

In this part four instalment of images, the penultimate day ahead of the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship brought to you by Amazon in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i saw professional athletes gather for their pre-race press conference. In addition, IRONMAN CEO and President Andrew Messick revealed to the media that 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship would take place in Taupõ, New Zealand, a destination with strong links to the island of Hawai’i.

Approximately 2,500 of the world’s top athletes will compete in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i on Saturday, October 13 at ‘the most iconic one-day endurance event in the world’ – the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship. IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company, will celebrate the history of IRONMAN by bringing the world’s best triathletes together in competition on the 40th anniversary of the original IRONMAN event.

 

KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: Over 2,500 triathletes participate in the 21st Annual Underpants Run while swimmers practice the swim course in Kailua Bay leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

 
Annual Kona Underpants Run 2018 – Photo by Donald Miralle – IRONMAN

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: Over 2,500 triathletes participate in the 21st Annual Underpants Run leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: A general view of the professional triathletes taking questions during the Professional Athlete Press Conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: A general view of a Hawaiian performer during the Professional Athlete Press Conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: A general view Andrew Messick presenting a paddle to the Taupo Committee for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship site during the State of IRONMAN Press Conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: A general view Diana Bertch presenting a paddle to the Taupo Committee for the 2020 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship site during the State of IRONMAN Press Conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN)

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: The IRONMAN Ambassador Athletes speak during a press conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN

 
KAILUA-KONA, HI – OCTOBER 11: The IRONMAN Ambassador Athletes speak during a press conference leading up to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Donald Miralle for IRONMAN

 

This year’s edition of the IRONMAN World Championship will yet again welcome the largest international athlete field in race history with athletes hailing from 82 countries, regions and territories. Athletes ranging in age from 18 to 85 have earned their world championship opportunity by qualifying at one of more than 40 IRONMAN events worldwide.

This year, Europe represents 46% of the field, while North America closely follows with 34% of athletes registered to race in the IRONMAN World Championship. Asia-Pacific brings 8% of participants, with South America at 7%.

www.ironman.com

 

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