A new triathlon on the Big Island of Hawai’i will take place this summer with the inaugural Hilo Triathlon. The Olympic Distance triathlon event will take place on July 13th from the James Kealoha Beach Park in Hilo. Triathletes are encouraged to come for a swim, bike, run and beach barbecue party!
Triathlon: Hilo Triathlon
When: Sunday, July 13, 2014
Where: James Kealoha Beach Park, Hilo, Hawaii
Division(s): Age Group, Relays
Athletes from Hawaii to Australia are expected to line up at James Kealoha Beach Park on July 13th for Hilo’s first official triathlon. This Olympic Distance race will feature a 1.5km Swim, 40km Bike ride and 10km Run. The race will also be limited to 500 participants.
The Hilo Triathlon Swim is a 1500 meter clockwise triangular loop in the crystal clear waters off James Kealoha Beach Park. The Bike course is an out and back 40km ride along the historical Hamakua coast on the Hawaii Belt Road. The Hilo Triathlon Run course is 10km road run at sea level with spectacular ocean views alongside Wai’olena Beach Park, Leleiwi Beach Park, and Richardson Beach Park. You might even catch a glimpse of some spinner dolphins as you run past our black sand beaches.
Average temperatures in July are between 69-83 degrees Fahrenheit.
Joe Wedemann credits Big Island Mayor Billy Kenoi with helping to get the race off the ground. “Mayor Kenoi is committed to a healthy Hawai’i Island, and he is looking forward to spreading the excitement of a triathlon to East Hawai’i.” Mayor Kenoi, who has secured his spot in the July triathlon, completed previous Honu and Lavaman races and is hoping to compete in an upcoming Ironman. Wedemann confirmed that there are plans to make the Hilo Triathlon an Ironman qualifier over the next several years.
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, as well as to the Top 3 in each age group. Age groups start at 10-19 years and go up from there.
Age groups start at 14-19 years and go up from there. “We’re hoping that this new event in Hilo offers something new for not only the adults, but that it catches on with our kids to become something special for the whole community,” said Wedemann.
Hilo features a delightful mix of eclectic activities and entertainment such as their extensive farmer’s market, downtown shopping, local eateries and the beautiful Hamakua coast. Located on the eastern side of the Big Island of Hawaii, Hilo is nestled in a luscious rainforest environment complete with valleys and waterfalls. This town features a stretch of easy access beaches, the waters of which are home to many colorful tropical fish and green sea turtles.