IRONMAYOR: Kenoi Finishes Kona Triathlon

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Hawai’i County Mayor Billy Kenoi can now say that he has completed one of the most grueling tests a triathlete can ever accomplish.

Kenoi, 46, crossed the finish line Saturday night of the IRONMAN World Championships, presented by GoPro, with a finishing time of 16:54:13. He was the 1,982nd finisher of the race.

Kenoi completed the first stage of the race, a 2.4-mile swim, in one hour, 33 minutes, and 12 seconds. He swam at a pace of two minutes and 24 seconds per 100 meters swam. The average pace in his 45-49 year old age group was one minute and 56 seconds.

Next up was the 112-mile bike ride. This was Kenoi’s longest section of the race, taking eight hours, 38 minutes, and eight seconds to finish. Kenoi biked his way through the course at 13.99 miles per hour, slower than his group’s 19.26 mph pace.

The final stage of the race was the 26.2-mile run, which Kenoi ran at 13 minutes and 34 seconds per mile. Overall, it took him six hours, 15 minutes, and 49 seconds to finish the run.

Kenoi finished 227th in his group out of 247 entrants.


IRONMAN winners

Germany’s Sebastian Kienle has won IRONMAN half-distance events in the past, but until Saturday, he had never won the full-distance version of the biggest triathlon spectacle in the world.

A two-time winner of the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships, Kienle finished first in Saturday’s full-length IRONMAN World Championships.

Kienle crossed the finish line with a time of 8:14:18. He finished over five minutes ahead of Colorado’s Ben Hoffman. Germany’s Jan Frodeno, winner of this year’s IRONMAN 70.3 Asia-Pacific Championship in New Zealand, finished third.

Australia’s Mirinda Carfrae was the top female finisher for the third time in her career. The 33-year-old finished with a time of 9:00:55, just over two miniutes before Switzerland’s Daniela Ryf.


Carfrae’s time was slower than her winning time last year of 8:52:14, which remains the current course record.

Great Britian’s Rachel Joyce finished third.

Big Island IRONMAN finishers

Bree Wee – 9:34:37

Keish Doi – 10:13:49


Sal Salmi – 11:58:16

Ryan Lopossa – 12:02:47

Paul Blaber  – 12:03:01

Grant Miller – 12:04:32

Anita Leao – 12:20:01

Kristin Old – 12:20:55

Kevin Rooney – 12:43:29

Winona Chen – 12:46:20

Jason Nixon – 12:49:53

Sam Wilburn – 13:18:51

Justin Bledsoe – 13:28:28

Pamela Harlow – 14:13:38

Charles Bittenbring – 14:21:19

Michael Karson – 14:27:01

Ivy McGowan – 14:49:04

Daniel Piccuta – 15:09:17

Peter Bresciani – 15:09:57

William Greentree – 15:10:37

Cassidy Landes – 15:13:54

Rob Van Geen – 15:33:04

Cindy Wild – 15:46:04

Tommy Shopay – 16:11:59

John Miller – 16:28:13

Mike Sohriakoff – 16:47:20

Jason Hamada – 16:50:19

Robert Erickson – 16:55:40

Colby La Brie – 17:35:39

Travis Obrey – 17:43:25

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