Kona Prize

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By Karen Lethlea

There is a beach adjacent Kailua-Kona pier on Hawaii’s big island. This curved stretch of sand between pier and old Government house earnt a nickname. A no so secret code known to all triathletes – Dig Me beach. I feel confident this is not an official moniker, but rather a reaction to athletes who make an annual pilgrimage to these shores. By parading about on the pier, I embody actions of my predecessors and fellow members of a unique fellowship.

According to Ironman triathlon mythology the Germans are the most enthusiastic; but no matter where we come from all these fit bodies wearing minimal lycra flounce about, stretch, chat, and swim waters off Dig Me. Our state of undress is slightly offensive to locals who tend to be very modest, often wearing mu-mu dresses of flowing fabric or bright shirts and long pants, even in the tropics…

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