MB triathlete Politis completes Kona Ironman

Myrtle Beach business owner and athlete Pete Politis completed the World Ironman Championships this weekend along the barren lava fields of Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i.

The event is considered the ultimate endurance event in the world, with the participants completing a 2.4-mile Waikiki Rough-water Swim, 112 miles of the Around-O’ahu Bike Race and then a 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon.

Politis, the president of the Myrtle Beach Triathlon club, and owner of Hot Stacks Pancake House on restaurant row, spent 3 years training for the event and qualified to participate by completing the Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas race on May 19th. He completed that race with a time of thirteen hours and fifty minutes.

Politis finished the 2.4 mile swim portion of the Kona World Championships yesterday in one hour and forty nine minutes, and the 112 mile bike portion in seven hours and forty nine minutes.

Describing the bike portion, Politis said, “Around mile 75 was the part that I began to question if I was going to make the bike cut off (time). I began to get really sad and emotional thinking this was it. My quads were reduced to nothing. I had nothing left to ride with. I kept thinking of everyone back home cheering for me. I could hear everyone on each mile.”

Politis finished the 26.2 mile run portion in five hours and thirty nine minutes for a race total fifteen hours and thirty one minutes. “The last mile was epic. So many people were out on the road just giving you high fives and encouragement. I felt like I was flying!! I made it the Ironman pearly gates!! Getting across it was very surreal!! I was an Ironman again.  A Kona Ironman.”

At the post race weigh-in Politis discovered he had lost 14 pounds during the race.

Pete Jacobs from Australia finished first in the event, crossing the line in eight hours and eighteen minutes.

Politis said after the race, “It was an honor and a privilege to race in Kona. It was amazing to be able to race with all the best Ironman athletes from around the world. Racing with the elite in all age groups including the ones over 80 was humbling. This experience is a once in a lifetime and I will cherish it for the rest of my life.”

The 2012 Ironman World Championship telecast on NBC Sports will air on Saturday, October 27th from 4pm ET to 6pm.

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