Kona Ironman Championships 2017
Ironman Championship 2017 Kona, Hawaii
This was my first opportunity to watch and photography the Ironman Championships 2017 in Kailua Kona. Luckily it was all within a short distance from our home on Alii Drive. We were lucky enough to find a wall to sit on at the Kona Inn across Kailua Bay from the race start. I'm not sure my photos do justice to what literally was a "sea" of triathletes.
Ironman World Championships 2017 Swim-2Ironman triathletes begin 2.4 mile swim from pier in Kailua Bay in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
After the pro-triathletes finished their swim we took a short walk to Kuakini Highway to photograph the bike riders as they began their 120 mile bike ride from Kailua Kona to Hawi. They were my favorite to photography. It took me a few tries to get my technique down. I shot with a relatively slow shutter speed and followed them while panning my camera to create a motion blur background while keeping the athlete in focus. BTW if anyone out there reading this participated in in the 2017 Ironman Championships please contact me with your name and athlete number and I'll check to see if I was able to catch any good images with you.
Ironman Championship 2017-133Athlete Melissa Hauschildt Bib 133. ironman Kona World Championships. Athletes begin 120 mile bike from Kailua Kona to Hawi Big Island Hawaii
After we finished watching the bikes we heading back to our home on Alii Drive with to wait for the runners. It wasn't long before the pro-athletes began their 26.22 mile run which went directly past our home.
Ironman World Championships RunIronman Kona world Championships. Athletes begin 26.22 mile run along Alii Drive in Kailua Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii
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