On Sunday, March 30, nearly 1,000 athletes gathered at Waikoloa Beach Resort to compete in the 2014 Lavaman triathlon. The event, which consists of a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer ride and a 10-kilometer run, is considered one of Hawai`i’s premiere races, drawing entrants from around the world.
This year’s overall female winner was Magali Tisseyre (33) from Victoria, British Columbia; and overall male winner was Tim Marr (35) from Honolulu. Highlighting the age diversity of the athletes, a total of seven competitors were ages 70 and older, with two aged 79.
More than 150 keiki aged 5-14 showed up at Anaeho’omalu Bay on Saturday, March 29, to compete in the LavaKids Aquathon, with 9-year-old Henry Eggers of Cheyenne, Wyoming, taking first place in the boys division; and 8-year-old Jada Keen of Kailua- Kona taking the girls title. This popular swim/run competition has taken place adjunct to Lavaman for 13 years, and race director Gerry Rott has recently announced plans to expand the scope of LavaKids significantly, offering year-round programs for kids to “take control of their own health.”