EPIC5 Triathlon Challenge Coming to Hawaiʻi in May

May 6, 2017, 9:02 AM HST
* Updated May 6, 7:58 AM
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Ten athletes will convene in the Hawaiian Islands May 5 to 9 to compete in five iron distance triathlons in the EPIC5 Challenge.

The 5-day endurance test will span five Hawaiian Islands and challenge participants to 140.6 miles of distance each day–2.4 miles of swimming, 112 miles of biking and 26.2 miles of running–for a total of 703 miles.

EPIC5 is described as “a spiritual voyage, not a race,” and “the Amazing Race meets Ironman on steroids.”

The event will begin on Kauai on May 5 at 6 a.m., allowing each athlete 15 hours to complete the circuit. An evening flight will take the group to Oʻahu for day two. Molokaʻi will be the site for day three, May 7. Maui will host the fourth day, with Hawaiʻi Island closing the challenge in Kona on day five in the early hours of the morning.

EPIC5 was founded in 2010 by Jason Lester and Rich Roll, who set out to complete a challenge that seemed impossible. Some of the world’s best triathletes have tested their limits in the challenge. This year’s EPIC5 will include more athletes than ever before with events happening in both May and September.


The following athletes from around the globe will participate in the May challenge:

  •    Armando Armellini (Texas, USA)
  •    Chad Esker (Wisconsin, USA)
  •    Duncan Tebb (Australia)
  •    Ignacio Garcia Vaquero (Spain)
  •    Juan A. Craveri (Argentina)
  •    Laurent Gambotti (France)
  •    Melissa Urie (Australia)
  •    Michal Šubrt (Czech Republic)
  •    Patricio Doucet (Spain)
  •    Tim Sheeper (California, USA)

Learn more about the EPIC5 Challenge at For sponsorship information, or to schedule an interview with any of the athletes, contact Race Director Rebecca Morgan at [email protected].


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