Over the years, I've tried to get someone I know to assemble a Ironman Hawaii betting pool, much like the NCAA brackets that come around every March, or the Last Man Standing or Superbowl pools that plague the fall season. I've "given my money away" to folks in my office as I purchased the brackets and had ABSOLUTELY no idea on basketball or didn't really follow football close enough to know anything about the teams.
1. Top 5 in the mens race
2. Top 5 in the womens race
3. First out of the water (male and female)
4. First off the bike (m/f)
5. Fastest marathon split (m/f)
6. Fastest bike split (m/f)
7. Top American across the line (m/f)
I haven't worked out all the details (like maybe the tiebreaker would be who was closest to the mens overall time down to the second) but if you know of a pool or contest or anything that involves Kona picks, let me know!
- Chris McCormack
- Andreas Raelert
- Craig Alexander
- Pete Jacobs (fastest marathon)
- Dirk Bockel (fastest bike split)
- Timo Bracht
- Paul Amey
- Josef Major
- Jordan Rapp (First American)
- Luke McKenzie
- Andy Potts (first out of the water)
- Eneko Llanos (WC - double winner)
- Faris Al Sultan
- Victor Zyemstev (fastest athlete without sunglasses)
- Marino Vanhoenacker
- Petr Vabrousek
- Cameron Brown
- Michael Lovato
- Sebastian Keinle
- Luke Bell
There you have it. Those are my picks for the top twenty this year. I have my reasons, but it's loosely based on this years results and past performances at the World Championships. As a triathlon dork, Kim and I are throwing a Kona viewing party and will be watching to see how everyone does on Saturday and also having other computers around to check to see how our friends are faring on hallowed ground.
I'll be wishing I were right along side you all and hoping and training for a return trip someday. Safe travels and to all the friends there, send pics and keep posting on Facebook so we can live vicariously thru you guys for a few more days!!! Cheers and I hope you have Kona beers after the race (Quinn's - Almost by the Sea is a GREAT restaurant to to hit up with your finishers lei on! (right by the King K hotel) Cheers.