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Ironman Kona 2019 Event Log

Updated: Oct 13, 2019

With the 2019 Ironman World Triathlon Championship underway, the HIRSC team is keeping a log of events related to Ironman 2019 in Kailua-Kona. (Please follow this follow post for continued updates)

Ironman related events:

  • At 6:25 pm HST (Hawaii Standard Time): Ironman World Triathlon Championship is underway with the start of Pro Division athletes beginning the swim in Kailua Bay.

  • At 7:13 am HST, 1st Pro Male Athlete was reported to be out of the water and in the transition to the 112-mile bike.

  • At around 7:15 am HST, 1st Male Athlete beginning the bike course.

  • At 7:31 am HST, Ironman reported the last wave of the swim was underway.

  • At 7:45 am HST, First Female Athlete was out of the water and in the transition to the bike portion.

  • At 8:49 am HST, Defending Champion Patrick Lange has officially dropped out of the race at Kawaihae Road junction/turn. It's unknown why he had dropped out of the race.

  • Winds at Kawaihae Junction was currently at 21 knots (or 24 mph), creating a headwind for athletes heading back to Kona from Hawi.

  • At about 9:55 am HST, Leading Male athlete had made the turnaround in Hawi Town and was en-route back to Kona.

  • At about 10:00 am HST, Leading Female athlete had made the turnaround in Hawi Town and also en-route back to Kona.

  • At 10:05 am HST, the last Swimmer was out of the water and making the transition to the bike portion.

  • At 10:40 am HST, Leading Male Athlete was passing Pu'uanahulu Landfill and leading Female athlete was just below the Kawaihae Road Junction to Queen Kaahumanu Hwy.

  • At 10:50 am HST, Leading Male Athlete was approaching Kiholo Lookout and making his way back to Kona and leading female athlete was just about to approach Hapuna Beach area.

  • At 11:13 am HST, Leading Male athlete was just about to approach the Kona International Airport and less than 10 miles to run transition at Kailua Pier. Leading Female athlete was passing the Pu'uanahulu Landfill area.

  • 11:15 am Update on Patrick Lange: Patrick Lange had dropped out of the race due to medical condition. Agent and Coaches say he was suffering from flu-like symptoms.

  • At 11:23 am, Ironman ROC (HFD IC) requested for Medic to rendezvous with an Ironman Medical Van for an athlete suffering from Heat Stroke symptoms. Medic 14 dispatched at 11:25 am to rendezvous at Queen Kaahumanu Hwy and Kawaihae Road intersection.

  • At 11:30 am HST, Leading Male Athlete has completed the 112-mile bike and is currently in transition to the 26.2-mile run.

  • At 11:47 am HST, Ironman ROC requested for Medic to respond to Aide Station on Queen Kaahumanu Hwy for athlete involved in a collision with other cyclists on the course. Engine 14 and Medic 16 responding to the scene, reported the patient was answering questions appropriately and conscious. Medic 16 transported an 18-year-old female in serious condition.

  • At 11:50 am HST, Ironman ROC requested for Medic to respond to Main Medical Tent at King Kamehameha Hotel for the patient feeling faint.

  • At 12:08 pm HST, Leading Female Athlete has completed the 112-mile bike and is currently in transition to the 26.2-mile run.

  • At 12:20 pm HST, Leading Female Athlete just passed Royal Kona Resort on Ali'i Drive en-route to the first turnaround. Leading Male athlete was passing Lanihau Center en route to NELHA (or OTEC) for the final turnaround.

  • Current Pace between leading athletes: 2'45" for Male and 8'00" lead for Female

  • At 12:50 pm HST, Leading Male Athlete (Jan Frodeno) is passing Kohanaiki (Hulikoa Drive) to NELHA. Leading Female Athlete (Lucy Charles-Barclay) is passing old Yama's Fishing Supplies store on Ali'i Drive.

  • Current Pace: 3'29" for Male and 5'32" for Female.

  • At 2:04 pm HST, Ironman ROC requested for a Medic to respond to Main Medical Tent for a report of a male patient with a hip fracture. Medic 7 dispatched to respond.

  • At 2:29 pm HST, Jan Frodeno of Germany has set a new championship record finishing the race at 7:51:12, being the new Pro Male champion of the Ironman World Triathlon Championship.

  • At 3:19 pm HST, Anne Haug of Germany is the first Pro female finisher for the Ironman World Triathlon Championship, coming in at 8:40:11.

  • At 4:40 pm HST, Ironman Bike Course Marshalls report Hwy 270 between Kawaihae Road to Hawi Town is now open.


Non-Ironman Related Events:

  • At 7:00 am, HPD began rolling out major road closures of Kuakini Hwy, Queen Kaahumanu Hwy, Palani Road, Hualalai Road, Kawaihae Road, and Akoni Pule Hwy.

  • At 7:10 am, HPD received a report of multiple vehicles (approximately 20 vehicles) parked on the side of the road and over the white line on Palani Road between the 38-mile marker to Henry Street/Ane Keohokalole Hwy intersection creating a traffic hazard. Multiple tow trucks have been called and are removing vehicles at this time.

  • At 12:26 pm, HPD received a report of a vehicle parked in the merge lane near Queen Kaahumanu Hwy and Palani Road creating a traffic hazard.

  • At 2:30 pm, HPD responded and investigate a report of a down telephone line on Kumakani Street between Kealaka'a Street and Kealapua Street. Hawaiian Telcom advised and responding to begin repairs.

  • As of 2:45 pm, Vehicles parked on Palani Road between Henry Street/Ane Keohokalole Hwy intersection to the 38-mile marker are still being cited and also towed away. Multiple drivers are calling to report vehicles missing and related to being towed on Palani Road.

  • At 3:00 pm, the HIRSC team received a report of a long delay trying to exiting at Kona International Airport due to the Ironman Triathlon underway. Wait time was 30 mins to an hour. Traffic should alleviate after 5:30 pm when Queen Kaahumanu Hwy is opened to traffic to Kaiminani Drive.


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