Hilo Triathlon Kicks Up Its Heels A Second Time; Early Bird Registration Available Online Now.

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Take advantage of early bird registration for the 2nd Annual Hilo Triathlon in Hilo, Hawaii, on July 12th.

Triathletes ride on the oceanfront bike course in Hilo, HI.

Last year was phenomenal! We had more than 330 entrants from around the world for our inaugural event.

Early registration is open for the 2nd Annual Hilo Triathlon, so hurry and secure your space at the start line. Returning to James Kealoha Beach Park on July 12, 2015, the Olympic-distance race is limited to 500 participants (actually there’s only 499 spots since Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi has already secured his spot).

Now thru April 30, the entry fee is only $150 for individuals and $75 for relay team members; after May 1st, the fee goes up to $200 and $100, respectively. Registration closes 12am on July 2nd. For more information and registration, visit HiloTriathlon.org. Athletes from as far away as Australia participated in last year’s inaugural event, which again features a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride, and a 10km run.

“Last year was phenomenal," said race director and longtime resident Joe Wedemann. “Our first place winner completed the course in under two hours and we had more than 330 entrants from around the world for our inaugural event.”

Wedemann, a Hawai`i County fireman, is also president of the Big Island International Marathon Association. In 1999, Wedemann launched the popular “Decimal Man Race,” which still endures to this day.

Wedemann continues to extend a huge mahalo to Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi for helping get the race off of the ground: “Not only is Mayor Kenoi committed to helping Big Island residents live a healthier lifestyle, he moved this years Mayor’s Cup Race to another date so that he could participate in the Hilo Triathlon!”

The event’s schedule is as follows:

  • 7:00am — Swim start in ocean
  • 8:20am — Swim cut-off
  • 10:50am — Bike cut-off
  • 11:30am — Barbecue Beach Party featuring with live music and entertainment at the finish line
  • 12:20pm — Race concludes
  • 1:00pm — Awards Presentation at finish line

Sponsors include Hilo Hawaiian Hotel, KTA Super Stores, Big Island Candies, B93 & B97 Radio, Creative Arts Hawaii, Hilo Bike Hub, Mauna Loa Macadamia Nuts, Starbucks, Hilo Burger Joint, Body by Juliet Massage & Fitness, Mehana Brewery, Big Island Running Company, Kona Aquatic Edge and Emmet Furla Oasis Films. Volunteer groups include students from Waiakea High Key Club, Waiakea High Kiwanis, RSVP, HSTA, HSTA-R, Hilo Jaycees, Rotary Club, P.A.TH., County Parks & Recs, Marshal Freitas Groups, and Spartan Group. Complete lists are available at http://www.HiloTriathlon.org.

All finishers will receive a T-shirt, medal and tickets for the post-race barbecue. Prizes will be awarded to the Top 5 Overall Male and Female finishers (no fins), as well as to the Top 3 in each age group. Age groups start at 12-19 years and go up to 70+, Top 5 Relay Teams (Fins allowed, minus 5 minute penalty), and Top 3 Overall Fins (Male/Female).

Hilo Triathlon supports The Greg Cameron Firemen’s Fund, which aids families of firemen and women that have suffered great losses either by an unexpected death in the line of duty, or from other unexpected illnesses.

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