The early conflicts between the Kona locals and the Ironman event were resolved long ago. There are lots of reasons for that, not the least of which is a strong community relations effort on the part of the Ironman organization. But the enormous financial impact to the State's economy is a huge factor too. Pretty much everyone benefits – and not simply because the athletes stay on the island for 7-10 days and eat like horses throughout. Like this group demonstrating along Palani Road, at the beginning of the bike ride, the athletesoften bring entire teams of supporters with them: moms, dads, uncles, cousins, wives, husbands, girlfriends, boyfriends. Hell, it seems sometimes like one of each. Go Dana!
If you've never seen it, link to the PDF is just below. The article in the May 14, 1979 issue of "Sports Illustrated" by then golf writer writer Barry McDermott about the second "Iron Man" competition in Hawaii, riveted the attention of those inclined to such things. For every thousand people...Read More