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Gordon Haller Interview, Inaugural Hawaii Ironman Champion


legends of triathlonThe first Hawaii Ironman Triathlon was established as a way to settle a debate amongst a group of friends over who was more fit -- swimmers, runners or cyclists.

Back then U.S. Navy Commander John Collins proposed the ultimate test/race to settle the argument. The event would combine three existing races, to be completed in succession: the Waikiki Roughwater Swim (2.4 miles), the Around-Oahu Bike Race (112 miles) and the Honolulu Marathon (26.2 miles)

So in 1978 a mere 15 men stood shoulder to shoulder ready to embark on the first ever Ironman. The winner of the inaugural race was a taxi driving marathon runner by the name of Gordon Haller. At the time none of the men who competed that day could have fathomed how the sport would evolve over the next 34 years.

Of the 15 competitors, 12 finished what today we call the Ironman, and Haller was the first champion, with a time of 11 hours, 46 minutes, 58 seconds.

Gordon HallerWith little being known about the early years John and Bevan from the Legends of Triathlon podcast interview Gordon to find out what really happened back in 1978 and the years that followed.

To listen visit www.legendsoftriathlon.com or to download it via iTunes click this link.

A great story teller, Gordon tells of the early adventures in Hawaii, the athletes that competed and the politics in sport that started very early on. If you are a triathlon fan and would like to know what it was really like in the early days this is an interview you can't miss.

The Legends of Triathlon podcast is an off shoot of the popular weekly podcast IMTalk. Some of the legends already interviewed include Mark Allen, Greg Welch, Mike Pigg, Scott Tinley, Erin Baker, Karen Smyers, Scott Molina, Simon Whitfield and Spencer Smith.