KAILUA-KONA (HawaiiNewsNow) - Some of the world's top athletes converged on the Big Island this weekend for a true test of endurance.
Mayor Billy Kenoi helped kick off this year's Ironman Championship in Kailua-Kona Saturday morning.
The event consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run.
First place went to Craig Alexander with a time of 8 hours, 3 minutes, and 56 seconds.
That's a new unofficial course record by 12 seconds.