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Rob Gray Wins Ultraman World Championship

The 33rd anniversary of the Ultraman World Championships finished on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, in Kailua-Kona.

Rob Gray. PC Ultraman

Rob Gray, 41, from Boulder, Colorado, was the first to complete the long distance endurance race at a total combined time of 22:19:48. This was the third Ultraman that Gray has completed in and was also the winner of the 2016 Florida Ultraman.

The Ultraman is a three-day, 320-mile (515km) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place here on the Big Island.

Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.

Entries are limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only.

This year’s race started on Friday, Nov. 24, at 6:30 a.m. with 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 from Keauhou Bay around the southern tip of the island via Route 11 to finish at Kīlauea Military Camp in the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park.

This one-day vertical climb totals 8,000 feet.

The second stage of the race began on Saturday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 a.m. and it was a 171.4 mile (276 km) bike ride, from Volcanoes National Park (Route 11) to Kea‘au, then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pāhoa, then on through the City of Hilo.

From Hilo, the route continues north along the Hāmākua Coast (Route 19) to Waimea, and over the Kohala Mountains via Route 250 to finish at Kamehameha Park in Kapa‘au, just north of Hawi town.

This vertical climbs total 8,600 feet.

The third and final stage of the race began on Sunday, Nov. 26, at 6 a.m. and it was a 52.4 mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae (Route 270), then on to Kailua-Kona via Route 19 finishing at the Old Airport Park.

Each stage had to be completed in 12 hours or less. The participants that did not reach the respective finish lines within the 12 hour limits were disqualified. However, that did not preclude one from starting the next day’s stage as long as he/she was medically able to do so, as determined by staff medical personnel. Those athletes were considered an “Unofficial Participant” and not eligible for post-race awards.

Participants from all over the world competed. Most of athletes have participated in at least one previous ULTRAMAN. Each of the athletes were accompanied by an individual support team of at least two persons over the entire course. Many of these team members were volunteers from the Big Island.

Day 3 and Final Results:

 

Two Time Ultraman World Champion Jonas Colting on the 2011 Ultraman Going On Now on the Big Island

Jonas Colting is a two-time medalist at ITU World Championships (long distance) and is a three-time winner of Island to Island, the archipelago aquathlon in Stockholm that has been dubbed one of the hardest one-day races in the world. Colting is also a writer of three books and is a noted public and corporate speaker in Sweden.

Jonas Colting talks about the 2011 Ultraman

Jonas Colting has won Ultraman World Championships twice, 2004 and 2007. In 2010 Jonas came second despite illness and rasperotory problems. Jonas Colting holds the existing swim record from 2004  2:14:43 and has the second best total time overall: 21:41:49.

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Read more:
Jonas Coltings blog: http://www.coltingblogg.se
Jonas Coltings live twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/jonascolting

Facts about Ultraman

Ultraman World Championships is a 3-day, 320 mile (515 kilometer) individual ultra-endurance event which takes place on the Big Island of Hawaii. Entry is limited to 40 participants and is by invitation only. Founded in 1983, the event is held annually on the traditional Thanksgiving weekend.

Stage I
6.2 mile (10 km) of open water swim followed by a 90 mile (145 km) cross-country bike ride from Keauhou Bay around the sourthern tip of the island to finish at Namakani Paio Park in the Volcanoes National Park. Vertical climbs total 7600 feet (2316 meters).

Stage II
171.4 mile (276 km) bike ride from Volcanoes National Park to Keaau, and then turning east with a counter-clockwise loop through Kalapana, Kapoho and Pahoa an through the city of Hilo. The Route continues north along the Hamakua Coast to Waimea and over the Kohala Mountains to finish at the Kohala Village in on Hawi Road in Hawi.

Stage III
52.4 mile (84 km) double-marathon run from Hawi to Kawaihae and then on to Kailua-Kona. Finishing on the beach at the Old Airport State Park.