I am usually hidden away for the Ironman weekend, with all the hustle & bustle in Kailua-Kona town, and bikes going all over the roads, I try to stay out of it all. But this year, I had just come back from a Realtor.com conference days before the race, and totally missed most of the traffic & chaos before the event.. which was great! I had worked the real estate desk at Kona Inn till 9pm on Saturday, and headed over to the Ironman Finish Line to watch the last of the runners hit the home stretch. Boy was it Inspiring to say the least! I have never been so moved in all of my years watching the finish line!
As I approached the Finish Line, you could hear the roaring of the crowd, still a huge amount of people gathered on the streets to cheer the remaining athletes home. The Inspirational music was blasting, and the Finish Line Stage was dressed in an array of Tropical Flowers, and lit up with Floodlights galore. The Finish Line itself was actually a TV monitor that had a slide show of gorgeous panoramas of the Big Island from the top of Mauna Kea to the Waterfalls of Honomu, and best of all, the Announcer was sooo Enthusiastic! Every time an Athlete crossed the Finish Line he would say, "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!" Over & Over again, "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!" It was so Adrenaline Pumping, that it brought me to tears at times to see these people coming through that threshold, raising their hands, waving their country's flags high, and even bowing to the crowd before them, in honor of the journey they had just endured... what a humbling feat!
I stayed till the end and got to see the Oldest Male Triathlete, The Oldest Female Triathlete and the most Inspiring was when I saw the Two Triathletes in Wheelchairs come through the Finish Line... literally brought tears to my eyes just thinking about all that they had to endure with their own challenges to reach the Grand Finale and be called "AN IRONMAN!!!" Truly Inspiring Feats of Greatness!
I can only hope that this race Inspires more people to Continue to Reach for Your Dreams, Persist at What You Believe In, and Be Encouraged by those that are less fortunate than you that Still have the Ability to Succeed at Winning, and Exceeding their own Expectations! "YOU ARE AN IRONMAN!!"
Claire K. Bajo | Intuitive Fiduciary | Spiritual Agent
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