Among the Age-Groupers at the 2013 the Go-Pro Ironman in Kona… were two influential former winners of the race: Gordon Haller, 53, who won the first Iron Man Triathlon on Oahu in 1978, and Kathleen McCartney, 54, whose dramatic victory over Julie Moss in Feb 1982 helped kicked off an international multisport movement. Haller finished his 23rd Ironman event in 14:19:41. (His time in 1978 was 11:46:58). McCartney finished in 13:19.59.
This is the kind of story we tell each other over a beer. It’s a triathlon classic from the wooly early days of the sport, when the world was just waking up to the notion of triathlon, and even folks in the business were learning as they went. It was on-the-job training for everyone,...Read More