|Top-10 of 1979 (0 February)|
NOTE: Only one woman competed in the second event in 1979.
IRONMAN Hawaii 1979 – The Facts
The swim start of the 2nd IRONMAN on the 'Sans Souci Beach' in Honolulu.
Photo: Peter Read Miller
Word of mouth generates additional participant interest, and it appears that as many as 50 athletes will compete.
But bad weather forces a one-day postponement of the race; when the starter's pistol finally sounds on Sunday morning, just 15 competitors take the challenge.
Tom Warren (USA) from San Diego/CA, 35, wins in 11:15:56. The first female participant, Lyn Lemaire (USA), a championship cyclist from Boston/MA, places fifth overall.
As Collins ponders changing the next race into a relay event to generate more participants, the race's future is being rewritten by Barry McDermott from 'Sports Illustrated'. On the island to cover a golf tournament, McDermott discovers the race and writes a 10-page, larger-than-life account of the race that nets Collins hundreds of inquiries.