Luc Van Lierde was the rare Ironman who won the world championship as a rookie, which he did in 1996. Luc, in his first-ever Ironman and running his first-ever marathon, also broke the Ironman course record that day.
Ken Glah is a freak of nature. Believe it or not, Ken is going for his 35th consecutive finish here in Kona. That’s right. 35 in a row. He is a USA Triathlon Hall of Fame inductee, the owner of Endurance Sports Travel, and in his career as a pro he won six Ironman titles.
Glenn Hartrick was paralyzed four years ago when a car made an illegal u-turn in front of him while he was out cycling. Glenn was an Ironman before his injury, came back to complete Ironman Florida and is now racing for the very first time in Kona.
Kiwi Braden Currie beat Javier Gomez at the Ironman Asia-Pacific Championship in Cairns, going 7:54 and running sub-2:40, so he comes in to the Ironman World Championship with confidence that he can go head to head with the best in the sport, and is looking to have a great race.