More than 2,000 athletes will compete in Ironman Hawaii on June 1. The event is commonly referred to as 70.3 Honu. The 70.3 refers to the distance in miles the competition covers.
The 70.3 Honu is part of a series of medium distance triathlons (Half Ironmans) organized by the World Triathlon Championship. Success at these events leads to athletes qualifying for the World Championships.
This is the 10th year the 70.3 Honu has been run. One of the biggest highlights of this year's event is the return of Ironman world champion Pete Jacobs.
Jacobs suffered an injury earlier in the year and he says this will be his first race since the injury occurred, per Ironman.com. While it may take him a few races to get in the swing of things, don't underestimate the 31-year-old Australian.
It will be my first race since my injury this year; I will have done six weeks of training so I won't be as fit as I normally am when on the Big Island, but I'm always mentally in a good place when I'm in Hawaii.
This tweet from Jacobs is further proof he's in the right state of mind:
If you want to watch Jacobs' return and the other athletes compete, here's the information you need.
When: June 1, 12:50 p.m ET
Where: Kohala Coast, HI.
The swim begins at Hapuna Beach State Park. The beach is known for its warm water and the possible sightings of honu turtles, which is where the event got its nickname.
The athlete who can get off to the best start may be able to buy themselves time in the final two legs. Strong swimming is a huge advantage in triathlons. The elite swimmers may line up in the front or off to the side to gain an early edge.
The less congestion to begin the swim, the better.
One of the best practices in any triathlon is to be the first athlete off the bike. The bike portion of 70.3 Honu runs through black lava fields and green pastures and historic Hawaiian heiau (temples).
Wind farms powered by Kama'kani winds will make things more challenging for the athletes. On a medium-sized triathlon, getting through the second leg early is even more important.
This could very well be the stage that decides the winner.
The race is a 13.1-mile run through several historical Hawaiian sites. This aspect of the course is marked by long stretches that expose the athletes to intense sun and heat.
Though the participants will run past golf courses and other beautiful sites, they surely won't be able to enjoy the scenery.
This is the final and most dramatic leg of the event.
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