• Kona Coffee and Tea Company Café (map)
  • 74-5588 Palani Road
  • Kailua-Kona, HI, 96740
  • United States

We will offer a limited menu outside of our café on race-day, Saturday, October 14th.  Our café will be closed to the public to be the Dave Scott race-day headquarters. The outside booth will be open at 3:30am for all you serious IRONMAN® World Championship fans to get your morning cup before the race begins. 

 

ABOUT THE IRONMAN®

WHAT IS AN IRONMAN® TRIATHLON?

An IRONMAN® Triathlon is a series of long-distance races consisting of a 2.4-mile (3.86 km) swim, a 112-mile (180.25 km) bicycle ride and a marathon 26.2-mile (42.20 km) run, raced in that order and without a break. It is widely considered one of the most difficult one-day sporting events in the world.

Swim Triathlon

In the early ‘70’s, U.S. Navy Commander, John Collins, who was one of the greatest catalysts behind modern-day Triathlon, said, "Whoever finishes first, we'll call him the Iron Man." And that’s how the term “IRONMAN®” came to be.

IRONMAN® TRIATHLON HISTORY

From 1978 through 1980 the race was held on the island of Oahu. In 1980 the race was moved to the less urbanized Big Island where the course became: an open water swim in Kailua-Kona Bay, a bike ride across the Hawaiian lava desert to Hāwī and back, and a marathon run along the coast of the Big Island from Kailua-Kona to Keahole Point and back to Kailua-Kona, finishing on Aliʻi Drive.

ENTER 6-TIME IRONMAN® WORLD CHAMPION, DAVE SCOTT

Back in the mid-70s, triathlon wasn’t where it is today. There were multi-sport events which are what led Dave Scott to do a few swim/run events in 1975, leading up to his first triathlon. His first contest in the sport simply whetted his appetite. Scott then ventured to a triathlon event in San Francisco. His prize for winning the nine-mile bike, four-mile run and 1,500m swim race (in 53-degree water no less)? A turkey.