On Saturday, October 12, 2013 IRONDame and TCoB President Margaret Dorio along with 2,000 other athletes will line up on the beach at Kailua to embark on what is described as a 140.6-mile “journey” that presents the ultimate test of body, mind and spirit to earn the title of “IRONMAN.”
The inaugural “Hawaiian IRON MAN Triathlon” was conceptualized in 1977 as a way to challenge athletes who had seen success at a local biathlon. It combined the three toughest endurance races in Hawai’i – the 2.4-mile Waikiki Roughwater Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon – into one event. On Feb. 18, 1978, 15 people came to Waikiki to take on the IRONMAN challenge. Prior to racing, each received three sheets of paper with a few rules and a course description. The last page read: “Swim 2.4 miles! Bike 112 miles! Run 26.2 miles! Brag for the rest of your life!”
In 1981, the race moved from the tranquil shores of Waikiki to the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Along the Kona Coast, black lava rock dominates the panorama, and athletes battle the “ho’omumuku” crosswinds of 45 mph, 95 degree temperatures and a scorching sun.
Margaret’s road to compete at the 35th IRONMAN World Championships has certainly been a journey of “Believe, Inspire, Persevere”! A passionate athlete Margaret has been involved in triathlon since 2005 and has competed in over 55 events!
Margaret raced her first IRONMAN in 2008 placing an incredible 11th in her age group at Subaru IRONMAN Canada. In 2010 Margaret returned to Penticton, BC to race Subaru IRONMAN Canada alongside her fellow IRONDames and Kim Kerns Pace in support of Wellspring Halton-Peel’s Cancer Exercise Program. Margaret led the way for the IRONDames finishing 10th overall in her age group. Then last year at IRONMAN Wisconsin Margaret finished in a PB time of 11:23:48 taking 1st place in her age group and claiming her qualifying spot for this year’s World Championships in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i!
Margaret, her sister Patricia and Mom have been in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i since last Friday taking in all that the IRONMAN World Championships and the island of Hawai`i have to offer. From training runs/rides to IRONMAN shopping and registration its been a busy week for Margaret! CLICK HERE to view her daily post’s which we have shared on our IRONDames’ Community Facebook Page!
Margaret’s passion for the sport of triathlon and perseverance when training have been inspiring for IRONDames and TCoB Club members! Margaret is a true teacher of this incredible sport, always encouraging and making the time to help others reach their personal goals. We are all waiting with great anticipation for the start of Saturday’s race to see ONE of OUR BEST race with World’s Best at the 35th IRONMAN World Championships!