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The Calm Before The Storm And Underwear

October 6th, 2011

Thursday is the last day athletes have to ignore the inevitable – that on Saturday each and every person entered in the Ford Ironman World Championships will face a lifetime of emotions, pain, and exhilaration condensed down to 8-17 hours.

As a result of their impending date with destiny - it seems that most of the athletes spend Thursday trying to take their mind off of race day.  Central to this notion is the Underpants Run.  The Underpants run was started by Paul Huddle and Roch Frey as a way to poke fun at triathletes who (oddly) felt comfortable walking around town wearing nothing but a speedo and flip-flops.

It’s grown into a huge fund raiser for the Special Olympics of West Hawaii and the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii.  This morning’s event featured what looked like 1000 underwear clad crazies of all shapes, sizes and ages who donated $15,000 dollars for the two charities.

So today is the calm before the storm – if you will.  The money’s in the bank.  The hay is in the barn.  Everyone here knows that nothing can be done to make them faster on race day.  Because of this – I find it a testament to the character of our sport and its athletes, that over 1000 people – most of them participants in the Big Show – found it in their hearts to wake up early and bring their wallets and pocket books to Pacific Vibrations, and run a hot lap around Kailua-Kona in their skivvies to raise money for two local charities.

Mahalo and bravo.

That said – if you were a participant – here is a little snippet to show you how ridiculous you looked this morning.

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