Kona bike check in.







Photos by Grant Baird/ Triathlonshots.com







Transition Check in. It doesn't look that big, which makes me think it is even harder to qualify for a start.

Of the nearly 1,800 athletes participating in this year’s event, again, 73 percent are male and 27
percent are female.







Bike of the current world champion record holder for best time of ironman 70.3 Terenzo Bozzonne.








A close up to show Terenzo has taped something to his frame.








Chris 'Macca' McCormack's bike.







Phillip Graves from Great Britain is going to try and break the record time of 4hrs 18mins on the bike tomorow.

He has recently done a time of 3hrs 37mins for 160kms.








SChris Lieto is the best hope to do well here.







Andy Potts would have been USA's best chance to win at Kona, but he had a serious accident in a race only weeks before now.








Cameron Brown has only done one ironman back in NZ this year, so it will be surprising if he doesn't place high.

A 2nd place is his previous best result at Kona.







Germany's Katrin Paetzold has placed 13th here as a professional several years ago I am told.






All images below were taken using a 'fisheye lens' so that explains the look of them !


Peggy a fellow 'Slowtwitcher' from the USA I met at the party they put on here at Kona.







Rasmuss Henning pictured here at the right of the photo taking it easy one day out from raceday.

Only 2 1/2 weeks prior to now Rasmuss broke his metacarsal bone(located in the hand).

If he can get through the swim alright then he can still place well........









Bike and helmet checks.






Nice in pink.







This guy isn't small so he must get through using more strength than some of the lighter athletes.







Luke Mckenzie from Australia.







Tim Deboom has won before in 2001 and 2002.







Faris Al Sultan(above left), won Kona in 2005.

Team Abu Duibi sponsors are apparent.







A German Commerzbank team member.

Only put this less than quality image in to show the bike as it is the previous winner from 2004 and 2006 Normann Stadler.

Normann holds the current bike record on this course of 4hr 18mins 23secs .

That is Jay Prusahn from 'Triathlete magazine' in the background calling Normann over for a photo shoot and as a result I missed it.






Below is some information on the prize money for the 2009 Ford Ironman World Championship.

It is less than what I thought they get for the placings.


2008/2009 Professional Prize Purse

The 2008 Ford Ironman World Championship professional prize purse consisted of $560,000 that was distributed among the top ten male and female finishers. In addition to the prize purse, there was a total of $20,000 worth of Timex Ironman Watch Bonuses available to athletes.

The 2009 professional prize purse will reflect the same amounts distributed in 2008.

2008 Professional Prize Purse:

First Craig Alexander Prize: $110,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $110,000

Second Eneko Llanos Prize: $55,000
Yvonne van Vlerken Prize: $55,000

Third Rutger Beke Prize: $35,000
Sandra Wallenhorst Prize: $35,000

Fourth Ronnie Schildknecht Prize: $20,000
Erika Csomor Prize: $20,000

Fifth Cameron Brown Prize: $15,000
Linsey Corbin Prize: $15,000

Sixth Patrick Vernay Prize: $12,500
Virginia Berasatequi Prize: $12,500

Seventh Andy Potts Prize: $10,000
Bella Comerford Prize: $10,000

Eighth Mathias Hecht Prize: $9,000
Gina Ferguson Prize: $9,000

Ninth Michael Lovato Prize: $7,500
Gina Kehr Prize: $7,500

Tenth Eduardo Sturla Prize: $6,000
Dede Griesbauer Prize: $6,000


Timex Ironman Watch Bonus Recipients:
Bike Torbjorn Sindballe Prize: $5,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $5,000

Run Normann Stadler Prize: $5,000
Chrissie Wellington Prize: $5,000.










Mens and Womans tri-suits are available for purchase on this site at the clothing link here or at the top of this page or by clicking on the images below.






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