by Nadia Otake

Kona-HI- USA

Every year Kona Hawai’i hosts one of the hardest and most exciting sports in the world – The Ironman Triathlon World Championship

Founded in 1978 by the US Navy Commander John Collins, since then the sport remains as one of the most moving and important victories of a lifetime.

The Triathlon consists of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, followed by a 112-mile (180.25 km) bike and finally a marathon of 26.219 miles (42.195 kilometers) run, and for the triathletes is not just a matter of winning but overcoming their own limits. This year the Championship counted with the participation of 1918 athletes, each one with a different reason and story which motivated them to cross that finish line.

If we had time to interview all the athletes we would be surprised with so many encouraging stories which led them to come and overcome their limits.

Samuel Araujo from Brazil is one of them, who tried 6 times to be classified for the World Championship and never gave up, and shared with us some of his challenges that made them a winner even before crossing the finish line.