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Ultraman is a three-day, 515 km (320 mile) multisport race modelled on the one held annually on the Big Island of Hawaii which is now called the Ultraman World Championship. "Ultraman" is a branding for events affiliated with the Hawaii original. Each race is divided into three stages over three days: The first is a 6.2-mile (10-km) ocean swim from Kailua Bay to Keauhou Bay, followed by a 90-mile (145-km) cross-country bike ride, with vertical climbs that total 6,000 feet. Stage two is a 171.4-mile (276-km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Kohala Village Inn in Hawi, with total vertical climbs of 4,000 feet. Stage three is a 52.4-mile (84-km) double- marathon, which starts at Hawi and finishes on the beach at the Old Kona Airport State Recreation Area. Each stage must be completed within 12 hours or less. The swim portion of stage one must be completed in 5.5 hours or less. Participants who do not reach the finish lines within the time limits are disqualified, but encouraged to continue racing each day as participants.

This event attracts athletes who seek to explore the extreme in physical and mental abilities. The race is limited to 40 athletes on an invitation-only basis and attracts participants from around the world, including Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Italy, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Spain, Sweden, Slovenia and the United States. Racers must have reached their 20th birthday prior to the start of stage one. Each racer must be accompanied by an individual support team of at least two people over the entire course. Many support team members are volunteers from the Big Island community.

History

The first Ultraman Triathlon was held in 1983 and organized by Curtis Tyler, Alex Smith, and Conrad Will. Among the group Curtis Tyler served as original race director with the goal of having more than just a competition but an event which focused on the guiding principles of Hawaiian culture.... " aloha" (love), " ohana" (family), and " kokua" (help). In 1992 Tyler turned over Ultraman to Jane Bockus on the condition that there never be prize money. Jane Bockus, often referred to as "Ultra Momma", has kept the event the same with the exception of a course change in the years 2001 & 2002 with a start and finish in Kailua-Kona instead of the around the Big Island format. In 2017, Ultra Momma handed over the reins to her Assistant RD, and Sheryl Cobb took over as Race Director, with her husband David as Assistant RD. In 2018, David Cobb was added as Co-Race Director along with Sheryl.

Popularity of the previous course remained for many years, and things changed little until the 2018 Kilauea eruption. During the eruption, lava covered part of the race course in the area of "Red Road", a favorite section of the Day 2 course. The 2018 course was altered to account for this course blockage: Day 1 became an out-and-back course, ending back at T1 in Keauhou Bay; Day 2 became a challenging ride from Kona up and over the "Saddle" before meeting up with the old course, ending at Kapaa Park near Hawi; Day 3 remained unchanged, running from Hawi back to Kona. For 2019, the Day 1 course will return to the old Kona to Volcano course. Day 2 will need to alter slightly to account for the lava on Red Road, but will start in Volcano and end in Hawi as usual, and Day 3 will remain the same.

In 1993, a second Ultraman was organized in Canada ( Penticton, British Columbia) which served as a qualifier event to gain entrance to Ultraman World Championships in Hawaii until 2014. A third event, Ultraman United Kingdom began in 2011 and was held in Wales for three years. Ultraman Florida launched in the Orlando region in 2014. Ultraman Australia launched in 2015 and was held in Noosa for three years. Ultraman Canada will return as a qualifier in July 2019, and Ultraman Arizona is set to launch in March 2020.

We came together as strangers, competed as friends, we part as brothers and sisters.

— Gerry van de Wint

Results

Ultraman swimmer off the coast of Kailua-Kona with escort
The fastest runners will complete the 52.4 mile double marathon under seven hours
Year Sex Place Athlete Age Nationality Time
1983 Men 1 Kurt Madden 28   United States 21:41:02
Women 9 (overall) Ardis Bow 27   United States 26:57:45
1984 Men 1 Scott Molina 24   United States 24:49:01
Women 13 (overall) Lyn Brooks 36   United States 33:15:24
1985 Men 1 Kurt Madden 30   United States 22:11:04
Women 3 (overall) Ardis Bow 29   United States 25:44:51
1986 Men 1 Jim Freim 40   United States 25:43:21
Women 23 (overall) Sherri Wellis 38   United States 33:31:19
1988 Men 1 Gary Shields 33   United States 24:42:01
Women 18 (overall) Manako Mizuntani 28   Japan 35:41:14
1989 Men 1 Gary Shields 34   United States 23:14:56
Women 8 (overall) Tina Bischoff 31   United States 25:45:51
1990 Men 1 Gary Shields 35   United States 22:19:16
Women 25 (overall) Angelika Castaneda 47   United States 31:27:45
1992 Men 1 Don Newman 33   United States 26:20:23
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1993 Men 1 Hans-Juergen Schley 37   Germany 25:50:38
Women 13 (overall) Hiroe Fukushima 25   Japan 34:19:52
1994 Men 1 Daniel Schallmo 37   Germany 23:50:34
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1995 Men 1 Kevin Cutjar 29   Australia 23:19:39
Women 22 (overall) Tracy Preston 25   Canada 32:25:37
1996 Men 1 Erik Seedhouse 32   Canada 22:51:36
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1997 Men 1 Peter Kotland 25   United States 21:52:51
Women 14 (overall) Tracy Preston 27   Canada 34:08:00
1998 Men 1 Holger "Holgie" Spiegel 26   Germany 21:41:22
Women 19 (overall) Tracy Preston 28   Canada 30:53:03
1999 Men 1 John Nickles 35   United States 22:46:27
Women 17 (overall) Linda Bialla 36   United States 29:19:00
2000 Men 1 Uros Velepec 34   Slovenia 22:15:08
Women 10 (overall) Monica Fernandez 33   Guatemala 28:08:09
2001 Men 1 Uros Velepec 34   Slovenia 22:44:30
Women 10 (overall) Monica Fernandez 33   Guatemala 27:56:54
2002 Men 1 Gordo Byrn 33   New Zealand 23:24:56
Women 12 (overall) Conny Dauben 27   Germany 28:32:59
2003 Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 38   Brazil 22:20:26
Women 6 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 29   United States 27:31:51
2004 Men 1 Jonas Colting 31   Sweden 21:41:49
Women 16 (overall) Lauren Fithian 46   United States 32:03:16
2005 Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 40   Brazil 24:32:28
Women 4 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 31   United States 28:03:34
2006 Men 1 Jeff Landauer 39   United States 24:30:47
Women 9 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 32   United States 28:13:11
2007 Men 1 Jonas Colting 34   Sweden 21:59:44
Women 8 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 32   United States 26:43:24
2008 Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 43   Brazil 21:49:38
Women 10 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 34   United States 26:25:03
2009 Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 44   Brazil 22:10:12
Women 7 (overall) Shanna Armstrong 35   United States 25:48:46
2010 Men 1 Mike Le Roux 34   Australia 21:55:57
Women 5 (overall) Amber Monforte 32   United States 24:07:11
2011 Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 46   Brazil 22:09:54
Women 6 (overall) Amber Monforte 33   United States 24:42:02
2012 [1] Men 1 Alexandre Ribeiro 47   Brazil 22:51:12
Women 3 (overall) Amber Monforte 34   United States 25:29:09
2013 [2] Men 1 Miro Kregar 51   Slovenia 23:42:07
Women 3 (overall) Hillary Biscay 35   United States 24:30:50
2014 [2] Men 1 Tobias Winnemoeller 35   Germany 23:28:14
Women 7 (overall) Yasuko Miyazaki 37   Japan 25:40:49
2015 [2] Men 1 Mike Coughlin 42   Canada 21:44:18
Women 15 (overall) Staci Studer 42   United States 28:29:28
2016 Men 1 Inaki De La Parra 33   Mexico 22:34:18
Women 6 (overall) Kate Bevilaqua 39   Australia 24:44:04
2017 [3] Men 1 Rob Gray 41   United States 22:19:49
Women 9 (overall) Steffi Steinberg 36   Germany 26:02:27

Ultraman Events

As of December 2018, there are four existing Ultraman Triathlons. Ultraman Florida, Ultraman Canada and Ultraman Arizona all serve as qualifiers for Ultraman World Championships

  • Ultraman World Championships, held on the big island of Hawaii on Thanksgiving weekend at the end of November; Started in 1983.
  • Ultraman Florida, held in the central region of the state of Florida; Started in 2014.
  • Ultraman Canada, held in Penticton, British Columbia; starts in July 2019.
  • Ultraman Arizona, held in Phoenix; starts in March 2020.

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "2012 Day 3 Overall Results". Ultraman World Championships. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c "Results: Ultraman World Championships". Ultraman World Championships. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Slowtwitch.com. "Rob Gray, Steffi Steinberg take Ultraman Worlds Overall". Slowtwitch.com. Retrieved 2017-11-29.

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