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Kona is Saturday – Who’s Racing?

The GU Crew is in Hawaii this week, but not for your typical tropical vacation.  That’s because October in Hawaii means only one thing – the IRONMAN World Championship.

We are out here supporting our GU Crew Athletes and celebrating all of the competitors.  We have reigning champions, age group champions, and new comers to this epic event all getting ready for the cannon to fire on Saturday morning.

Follow the action on Instagram and Twitter with #GUKona!

HERE’S WHO TO WATCH:

 

Mirinda Carfrae, 2014 IRONMAN World Champion. 

She needs no introduction.  We are still getting over her amazing come from behind win in 2014.  She knows how to keep things exciting, and are wondering if she can possibly break her incredible 2:50 marathon time from last year!

 

Lew Hollander, oldest finisher at the IRONMAN World Championship

Lew is coming back to Kona at the spritely age of 85-years-old.  He’s literally inventing a new age-group category for the IRONMAN World Championship, and will be the oldest IRONMAN finisher when he crosses the finish line on Saturday.  We love Lew’s incredible drive and his good-humor along the way.

 

Cherie Gruenfeld, owner of 12 IRONMAN World Championship titles

Cherie Gruenfeld is incredible.  She has raced the IRONMAN World Championships in Kona 20 times and has 12 IRONMAN World Championship titles. She’s also 71 years old.  Cherie has been a member of the GU Crew since the beginning, and we caught up with her a few weeks ago to hear how her preparations were going.  <

 


Team Every Man Jack, Bay Area local team with 12 members headed to Kona

Richard Monry, one of the 12 members of Team EMJ competing this weekend, hails from San Rafael, across the bay from our Berkeley HQ.  He’s racing for the first time in Kona, but competed in eight IRONMANs to earn his qualifying spot at Kona.  “The biggest change I made before my qualifying race in Boulder was not my training plan or nutrition, but my attitude. No matter what happened that day, my goal was to have the best race I could have,” said Richard about his qualifying race.  We can’t wait to see his positive attitude carry him down Ali’i Drive! 

Read Profile in Triathlete Magazine

 

Kyle Buckingham, new to the professional scene in 2014 but making a big splash

Kyle splits his time between South Africa and Boulder, and won IRONMAN Lake Placid in his first year as a pro.  He’ll be mixing it up with the best in the sport this weekend, and we won’t be surprised to see him near the front of the pack on the bike!  <<Read Q&A from March

Annah Watkinson & Corinne Berg, our newest GU Crew team members

Annah and Corrine both made the trip to Kona from South Africa, and are racing in the IRONMAN World Championship for the first time.  We are excited to see them on Ali’i Drive!